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Old 03-12-2015, 08:00 PM   #11
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I read a lot about awning hold down poles. Is there a video of what they are, how they are installed and why we need them? I have looked at all of the photos, but I can't for the life of me figure them out.
The electrical awnings are a problem. They do not have legs like the manual ones do that you can drop. So adding the poles allows you to tie them down with support to the roller. If you don't have them they will flop around. If you don't have them the best thing to do is try them down to like a dog leash screw at each end. That way the wind would have to get up pretty high to break them. It will also stop the banging you here with just a little wind. think of it as a tri pod. The poles allow you to tighten down more which can support more of a wind gust. In the end at least tie them down when you have them open and close them when your gone....
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Old 03-13-2015, 08:30 AM   #12
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I think as long as you roll it in during inclement weather, while you're away, and before you go to bed you shouldn't have any problems with it... Just keep an eye on the weather app on your smartphone.
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Old 03-13-2015, 06:20 PM   #13
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I take two dog leash lawn screws which are about a foot long, put them in the ground right under the end of the awning, then take two load binder straps with the adjustable winder, loop them over the awning frame and put the ground hook into a 6 inch spring which attaches to the ground screw. When the wind blows, the springs give it a little tension and release so it is not all on the framing. Works great and never had a problem. Now if it is that windy that the awning is bouncing around, then I roll the awning up. The other thing to watch is to make sure you tilt the awning to the low side of the campsite so if it were to rain, the water will run off the awning, alot of work to try to dump 50 - 100 pounds of collected water off of a "Balloned" awning.

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Old 03-14-2015, 07:25 AM   #14
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Made my own awning poles from pvc pipe and here on the Oregon Coast.....the awning has not been retracted for almost 3 months.
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:17 AM   #15
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I think one just needs to make some type of tie down system. Tenttotrailer mentions a common practice that works very well. I see that set up all the time. Very easy to do and from common items found everywhere.

With the electric ones, you need to fabricate some type of end pole so that you can tie down the end. Telescoping tent poles work well in this instance.

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Old 03-21-2015, 03:59 PM   #16
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Roll it up! Once it is stretched out it will hold water. I watched mine almost crash! I saved it really quick by using a broom and pushing the puddle of water out of the middle of it. Tie downs do no good with electric. I have seen my lift with wind to. If I`m leaving somewhere, It get`s rolled up! I seen to many take off!
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Roll it up! Once it is stretched out it will hold water. I watched mine almost crash! I saved it really quick by using a broom and pushing the puddle of water out of the middle of it. Tie downs do no good with electric. I have seen my lift with wind to. If I`m leaving somewhere, It get`s rolled up! I seen to many take off!
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Even with support poles, you still need to drop a corner lower for run off. I do not trust the auto dump on them. I always have about a 2 hole drop on the outside (OC POLES). Water will not collect that way... I have been in some big pours without a problem.
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Roll it up! Once it is stretched out it will hold water. I watched mine almost crash! I saved it really quick by using a broom and pushing the puddle of water out of the middle of it. Tie downs do no good with electric. I have seen my lift with wind to. If I`m leaving somewhere, It get`s rolled up! I seen to many take off!
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Don't remember ever retracting my elec. awning during a downpour after installing the awning tie down poles. Just tilt one end about 4"-6" and let it rain. That's one of the reasons for the awning to be able to sit out and enjoy the rain.
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Don't remember ever retracting my elec. awning during a downpour after installing the awning tie down poles. Just tilt one end about 4"-6" and let it rain. That's one of the reasons for the awning to be able to sit out and enjoy the rain.
Same here....drop one side of my awning the rain goes right off. And my tie-downs seem to work just right on my awning.
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I use tie downs also and no problems. When out west in the Rockies,depending where we are, the awning doesn't get used because of the very high winds that can come on suddenly. I don't have to tilt the awning at all because it has a good slant to it.
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