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Old 05-26-2011, 01:07 PM   #1
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A&E Awning

I was told by some fellow RV'rs that I should not tie down my awning, however! I have seen it done. Can I tie down the awning and leave a little slack in the tie downs with out any danger of ruining the thing?

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Old 05-26-2011, 03:24 PM   #2
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It depends on the type of awning. Is it powered or manual?? There are items that look like a corkscrew that screw into the ground and have a strap that goes over the awning. Some awnings have a auto retract when sustained winds occur. We have that type and I would NOT tie mine down for that reason and the fact I'd need a ladder to get close to the rail.

Amazon.com: Valterra Products, Inc. A30-0200 Happy Hook Awning Tie Down: Automotive

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...ng-straps/2359

Just a couple of examples.
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Old 05-26-2011, 03:30 PM   #3
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My A&E powered awning was nearly ruined when I tied it down using a sun shade in the accessory rail. A VERY mild breeze came up and the flapping against the bungee cords was bending the T connection where the air spring hits it at 90 degrees. It also started pulling the bearing opposite the motor away from the roller.

I say leave the tie downs to the manual awning folks. IMO.
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Read my post on 4/25/2011 #7, I treat it just like the (Non power) type A&E! We put our sunshade in the rail (21) feet ,lower it on one end for drainage,prop it up to clear the door ,all just like the old type. If a storm is coming,its your call to roll it in,same as the old type! Youroo!!
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It really worried me when I saw that beam bend.
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Old 05-26-2011, 08:11 PM   #6
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I always tie my 21' power awning down the way I did my manual one. I use the corkscrews in the ground with ratchet straps & always lower one end. I put light weight bungee cords over the awning tube to hook the straps to. This allows the awning to flex in the wind & it is very fast to remove them if I need the awning closed in a hurry. The only time I close the awning is when I leave the trailer or in extreme weather conditions.
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It really worried me when I saw that beam bend.
If you want to see the beam (roller tube) bend ,look at one in transit,flexing up & down on every bump in the road. Then you know why they put center supports on the long awnings. Youroo!!
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You misunderstood. It was not the roller tube that was bending; it was the side supports. There is a shock strut that is 90 degrees to an aluminum channel that bends A LOT when the awning is tied down.

I will try to get some photos today.
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Like my past posts said,(Car port),I made adjustable poles that go under the roller tube. They support the roller tube vertically,then you attach the ropes at a 45 to the ground,same as the manual type. If you dont support under the tube yes it will bend the linkage arms,as well as (Never) tighten the awning material. Think carport! Youroo!!
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Like my past posts said,(Car port),I made adjustable poles that go under the roller tube. They support the roller tube vertically,then you attach the ropes at a 45 to the ground,same as the manual type. If you dont support under the tube yes it will bend the linkage arms,as well as (Never) tighten the awning material. Think carport! Youroo!!
A photo would help me visualize what you made to support the roller.
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