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Old 03-26-2008, 11:31 PM   #1
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Wink using your awning

after looking through the photo gallery i noticed many campers especially in the very hot and sunny climates dont seem to have their awnings extended. is there a reason for this? is the sunlight to damaging to the fabrick? just wondering.

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Old 03-27-2008, 10:46 AM   #2
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I try to get the shady spots next to trees. Also when it's windy it stays put.

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Old 03-27-2008, 10:51 AM   #3
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Like Greg said here in Michigan we have to be extremely carefull
at our state park we have some pretty good winds
and I would rather retract it.

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Old 03-27-2008, 04:09 PM   #4
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Ours has stayed put until this current camping trip because we had "Awning Intimidation". LOL It was raining the day we picked up our TT and so we only had a quick run-through, and have been afraid that if we tried to extend it we'd REALLY mess it up! Fortunately, there are several Cherokee owners were we are and one of them was nice enough to show us how to bring it out and put it back up..
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Old 03-27-2008, 05:51 PM   #5
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our 1st 5'er we bought used and really didn't know much about anything........

on our 1st big trip we stopped at a state park midway to the final destination and it was pretty sparsely populated so I decided to try and figure out how to bring the awning out.

3 hours later it was up

ah the memories.......................................... ............
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Old 03-27-2008, 06:03 PM   #6
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New to TT, but have had popup and MH. We used the awning all the time. One of the first things we do. Last thing we put up.
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Old 03-27-2008, 06:37 PM   #7
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Awnigs are nice. Can go out or in probably in a couple of minutes with two people, But

1. make sure to slant front left end or right end down for good drainage, to prevent water gathering in the middle and creating a very heavy water weight load( at 8 lb/gal collected across an 18 or 21 foot long awning, very heavy if improperly sloped), it will cause the awning matl to tear in the middle like it was cut with a pair of scissors.

2. always return awning to stored position if leaving your camp site for any lengthy period of time, more than a couple of hours or when you know high weather, rainy conditions exist. you can buy a cheap weather radio for less than 15 bucks, well worth the money. last year we were in a camp ground where unexpected strong winds arose, tearing off 100 awnings in our campground. we left for a couple of hours and when we returned our awning was hanging off the rear of our HTT, a big mess, some holes in various parts of our camper and the awning totally destroyed. Over $2000 damage, 6 weeks, but thankfully insurance paid it all, minus deductable.

3. using side clips on the awning and screw/rope tie downs are ok, but we had these on ours and it still was ripped off, best idea is to slant one front corner down for drainage and secure the awning to its retracted postion against camper, if there is a hint of bad weather or you are leaving your campsite, putting up at night also not a bad idea. Also, if you have greater than about 16- 18 ft long awning, a center support to support the tube from bending during travel is wise. All this operation of your awning makes one very familiar with it and makes the movement in and out quicker.

following these suggestions will help you enjoy your awning and it is a real blessing to provide shade from sun. failure to follow them can result in high repair expenses, probably over 2000, depending on collateral damage from the awning damage.

have a nice camping experience

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Old 03-27-2008, 09:29 PM   #8
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Good advice Phil. We use ours constantly but always stow it at night or if leaving the campground for more than a few minutes or at the first sign of big wind. Here on the bay, a handful of campers lose their awnings every year. We like it right where it is... attached.
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Old 03-27-2008, 09:35 PM   #9
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We camp a lot at the beach and the sea breezes can be rough on the awnings even with tie downs. The few times I have left mine up over night I end up getting up in the night to roll it up either due to high winds or a storm coming in.

When we go to the mountains, the shade there is enough without using the awning.

When we go to other areas, we usually leave the awning up while we are away, and roll it out once we come in for the night. In these areas, we usually keep it out overnight.

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Old 03-28-2008, 09:39 AM   #10
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we use ours ALOT
but lik eit was mentioned, if we leave the park for a day trip , it goes back into the stowed position
and if we expect odd weather at night it goes back into stowed
but i have left it out for weeks, used the awning starps to pull some tension to the ground and it has done very well in breezes up to 15 or so
over that it goes back up

nothing like instant shade in those treeless rv parks

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