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Old 05-17-2016, 09:07 AM   #1
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What I learned in Myrtle Beach

Some of you may have heard or read about a quick severe weather event that passed through Two of the Myrtle Beach Campgrounds on Fri.
Three TT flipped over and all were totaled.
(Fortunately no one hurt)
All these units had the awning out.
It's windy at the beach and even with a hold down kit I never leave my unit unattended with the awning out
The units that flipped were facing the Microburst and the awning acted like a parachute
Interesting to note that about a dozen awning were ripped off their units also and countless Walmart shade tents
I use my hold down kit everywhere else but at the Beach I put the awning in and out as needed and never leave the unit with it out even just to go 100 yards to the beach.
One couple lost the awning and had a flooded bedroom by the time they ran back to the RV
Moral of the story is watch the forcast
I was at home and delayed my arrival because I new there was a significant weather event coming that day and the flipped units are two rows over from my site.
While you are there?
Prepare when the T storms start firing up by battening down the hatches


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Old 05-17-2016, 09:13 AM   #2
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Good information. We always pull our awning in during windy weather.
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Old 05-17-2016, 09:39 AM   #3
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We were just at Pirateland the weekend before last. We left our awning out the whole time on our Motor home. If you have an awning with a wind sensor do you need to worry about closing it or anchoring it down?
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Old 05-17-2016, 09:42 AM   #4
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My wife hates it, but I always put the awning in and out as we need it. I almost never leave it out while I am away from the RV. Personally, except for needing it for shade I don't really care about the awning. But I have found others really like it and it seems to add to the ambiance of camp for them, with my wife being one of them.
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:21 AM   #5
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My DW always ask are you going to put the awning out. I only do if we are going to use it.
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:32 AM   #6
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Good information. We always pull our awning in during windy weather.
X 2 when ever we leave the awning gets put up. And I do have the hold down ploes. Later RJD
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Old 05-17-2016, 10:33 AM   #7
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We are heading to an area very close to Waterton National Park, in southern Alberta, in June. We've been there before. Heavy duty winds can come up at any time. My awning only goes out if I'm using the bbq and it's safe to do so. Last time we were there, awning was in and the 3 slides also. The heavy 5er two over from us was knocked off the pieces of timber under the front jacks. I've seen a guy's awning flipped over the top of his TT and back again. When he arrived I asked him to look around to see how many people had there awnings out. There were none but he didn't take my warning seriously. I can say this . It's not fun laying in your bed expecting to be lying on your side when the heavy wind gusts hit you.
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:27 PM   #8
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We are heading to an area very close to Waterton National Park, in southern Alberta, in June. We've been there before. Heavy duty winds can come up at any time. My awning only goes out if I'm using the bbq and it's safe to do so. Last time we were there, awning was in and the 3 slides also. The heavy 5er two over from us was knocked off the pieces of timber under the front jacks. I've seen a guy's awning flipped over the top of his TT and back again. When he arrived I asked him to look around to see how many people had there awnings out. There were none but he didn't take my warning seriously. I can say this . It's not fun laying in your bed expecting to be lying on your side when the heavy wind gusts hit you.
Had a 36' diesel pusher, 29000 lbs. We would leave awning out unless we had warning of bad weather. Woke up at 2:00 am with M/H rocking, bad rain storm, high winds. Nothing like being out in a cold rain in your underwear putting an awning up at 2 am! Last time sleeping with awning out.

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Old 05-17-2016, 12:33 PM   #9
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DW says 'we ain't campin' unless the awning's out!' She protests whenever I bring it in at night, but I can sleep knowing it won't get damaged. Our last TT had an arm buckle the first time we used it,,,,,, on a foggy day with no wind. I'm gun shy.
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Old 05-17-2016, 12:37 PM   #10
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We have had more than one occasion when had to pull in all 3 slide due to high winds. Our awning is similar to a yo-yo, in out in out. Way to expensive to replace. I have left it out overnight when the weather is calm and the weather report shows no wind. But I am always ready to push the button if there is unexpected wind.


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