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Old 03-12-2015, 06:17 PM   #1
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Safe Awning Practice

I rarely use my awning because I do not want to damage it. So with that said, what are some guidelines for using the awning, acceptable wind conditions?

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Old 03-12-2015, 06:20 PM   #2
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This works good for me. Had my awning out in 35mph winds no problem. Tie strapped down though.
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Not much Info? Common Sense is the Best Rule for Awning Deployment,Manual or Electric! Youroo!!
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Old 03-12-2015, 06:56 PM   #4
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That's a little difficult to answer. It's somewhat dependent on maker, material, size.. etc.

Platokidd already referenced OC's tie-down pole kits. Those are a Godsend. You might also consider using deflappers. I have a 15' electric, use the 'max' type deflappers and O.C.'s pole's and very rarely pull my awning in. I've had it out in 35-40mph gusts without any problem, but common sense has to play a role. If you are getting a lot of 'action' in the awning, it's probably a good idea to roll'r up.

My main concern isn't so much about when it is deployed, but unfurling when traveling. I use an awning clamp which has seemed to work well so far.
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That's a little difficult to answer. It's somewhat dependent on maker, material, size.. etc.

Platokidd already referenced OC's tie-down pole kits. Those are a Godsend. You might also consider using deflappers. I have a 15' electric, use the 'max' type deflappers and O.C.'s pole's and very rarely pull my awning in. I've had it out in 35-40mph gusts without any problem, but common sense has to play a role. If you are getting a lot of 'action' in the awning, it's probably a good idea to roll'r up.

My main concern isn't so much about when it is deployed, but unfurling when traveling. I use an awning clamp which has seemed to work well so far.
I made my awning "Unfurling" device. Have another that just slips in the sunscreen slot and holds the same way.
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Old 03-12-2015, 07:22 PM   #6
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I tend to close mine up if I am worrying about it. I used to think I worry too much until I saw someone else's awning being blown around before it ended up covering the TT.
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I tend to close mine up if I am worrying about it. I used to think I worry too much until I saw someone else's awning being blown around before it ended up covering the TT.
You need a set of poles.
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Lessons learned

Lost a awning in a micro burst once its nojoy We were gone for a short period of time. Trashed the awning and had to make repairs to the small hole in the roof from the poles crashing into it.

If we gone for the shortest length time or major storm comes, the awning goes in now. Lessons learned

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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.
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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.
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