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Old 07-11-2015, 09:10 AM   #21
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Somewhere on this site someone talk about installing the tie downs improperly and that prevented the awning from dumping.

This maybe a issue with the tie downs and power awnings since the awning moves closer to the trailer while dumping.
People tend to pull the awning away from the trailer this would prevent the dump feature from working.

If your using a tie down strap on a power awning and your dumping feature fails it could be your anchoring location maybe in the wrong location.

I don't think these power awnings were designed to be tied down or opened during a wind day.
If you use the poles and tie downs, you set one end 6"-8" lower than the other to eliminate the need for any dumping feature.
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Old 07-12-2015, 07:43 AM   #22
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Most campers I've seen are just using the straps on a angle away from the trailer.



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Old 07-12-2015, 08:07 AM   #23
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Even tying down you still need to make one end lower than the other for water run off. After attending my first FROG even in Ohio this year and seeing OC system I said this what I need. So I bought it. Have not had a chance yet to use but I seen what it can do. Later RJD
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Old 07-12-2015, 08:13 AM   #24
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Most campers I've seen are just using the straps on a angle away from the trailer.
Just tying them down will help, but it will not keep the wind from banging the awning down due to the fact that the arms cannot be tightened enough to prevent the arms from sliding down. The arms are very flimsy and will bend rather easily. Much better to support the tube by some means and tie it down with a 6"-8" slope from end to end for rain.
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Just tying them down will help, but it will not keep the wind from banging the awning down due to the fact that the arms cannot be tightened enough to prevent the arms from sliding down. The arms are very flimsy and will bend rather easily. Much better to support the tube by some means and tie it down with a 6"-8" slope from end to end for rain.

Yes, this system does resolve many of the issues with these awnings in the wind and rain.

How long are the poles ?

The awning on the 2015 XLR Thunderbolts are 12' from the ground and most campsite are not level.



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Yes, this system does resolve many of the issues with these awnings in the wind and rain.

How long are the poles ?

The awning on the 2015 XLR Thunderbolts are 12' from the ground and most campsite are not level.



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The normal poles are just under 9 foot fully extended.
But poles can be made to be just under 19 feet long fully extended.
So 12 foot shouldn't be a problem.

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The normal poles are just under 9 foot fully extended.
But poles can be made to be just under 19 feet long fully extended.
So 12 foot shouldn't be a problem. TURBS
If you want poles the over the normal 9' fully extended ones, you will either have to take them out of the stow position before deploying the awning or remove them after each use rather than have them self stow.
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