Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 07-08-2013, 09:46 AM   #21
Senior Member
 
Rugged Brown's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 2,098
We are staying at a campground while our son received some minor surgery. Beautiful morning, left my awning out with a very slight tilt. At about noon, we had thundershowers. We are away from the CG at hospital, but I felt comfortable known my awning was tilted. Returned back to the camper around 3 pm. Noticed that the awning was stretched down in the middle holding about 50 gallons of water. As I slowly lifted the awning on one side to run the water off, the awning drum snapped in the middle. My insurance coverd the damge with a $100 deductable. This was 20 years ago. I don't really see that much of a difference in the material used then as what is used today.
__________________

__________________
Terry/Bernadette
Lily the Yorkie
2015 Dodge Ram Sport 1500
2015 Crossroads Zinger ZT28BH
Rugged Brown is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 10:08 AM   #22
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2012
Posts: 1,258
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rugged Brown View Post
I don't really see that much of a difference in the material used then as what is used today.
All I know is that my awning fabric sags in the middle, and it has been used only rarely, and has never held any water to stretch it. The awning on my old fifth never sagged, even after 10 years of use. There is no way that anyone can convince me that the new material is as good. I know for a fact that the old fabric was heavier, as I had both campers in my shop at the same time, and I compared them at that time.
__________________

__________________
bakken is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 12:54 PM   #23
Senior Member
 
billt01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: GA
Posts: 168
This was the first outing in the TT and this happened. The TT is less than 90 days old.
__________________
"Camping invloves a tent, bugs, and incliment weather. This aint camping"

-Bill Thomas
Palomino Solaire 317 BHSK
billt01 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 01:08 PM   #24
Senior Member
 
wneise's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2011
Posts: 266
Something else that could bite you are those anti-flap devices that you can attach to the side rail and the fabric on manual awnings. They will keep the edges up instead of letting the weight of the water unroll the fabric some more and dump off the edges. I agree that the old school method of leaning the tube a little works best.
__________________
wneise is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 01:18 PM   #25
Mod free 5er
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Concord, NC
Posts: 24,215
We use poles and tie the awning down with a least a 10"-12" tilt in it and have no problems with wind or rain and never tighten the arms. Also lock it so it can't unroll when stowed.
__________________
OldCoot is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 01:25 PM   #26
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
We use poles and tie the awning down with a least a 10"-12" tilt in it and have no problems with wind or rain and never tighten the arms. Also lock it so it can't unroll when stowed.
Such as......
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	ForumRunner_20130708_122452.jpg
Views:	119
Size:	50.1 KB
ID:	34815  
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 01:27 PM   #27
Senior Member
 
mjones12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Lexington, NC
Posts: 1,826
Quote:
Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
We use poles and tie the awning down with a least a 10"-12" tilt in it and have no problems with wind or rain and never tighten the arms. Also lock it so it can't unroll when stowed.
OC: Could you refresh my memory about why you can't use tie-down straps by themselves for tying down the electric awnings? Someone discussed that on here before, but I can't find or remember the answer.
__________________
2018 Coachmen Apex 249 RBS
2010 Silverado LT 5.3 V8


The world is a great book, of which those who never stir from home
read only a page. - St. Augustine
mjones12 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 01:29 PM   #28
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjones12 View Post

OC: Could you refresh my memory about why you can't use tie-down straps by themselves for tying down the electric awnings? Someone discussed that on here before, but I can't find or remember the answer.
The awning would just pull down and you'd have no head room or door wouldn't open.
Even the locking knobs won't hold .

Turbs
__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 01:35 PM   #29
Senior Member
 
mjones12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Lexington, NC
Posts: 1,826
Quote:
Originally Posted by f1100turbo View Post
The awning would just pull down and you'd have no head room or door wouldn't open.
Even the locking knobs won't hold .

Turbs
Got it. So the difference with my old manual awning was that it couldn't be pulled down because of the arms that were attached at the bottom of the trailer (or put on the ground if you so chose).
__________________
2018 Coachmen Apex 249 RBS
2010 Silverado LT 5.3 V8


The world is a great book, of which those who never stir from home
read only a page. - St. Augustine
mjones12 is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2013, 01:39 PM   #30
Phat Phrog Stunt Team
 
TURBS's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Iowa
Posts: 34,337
Quote:
Originally Posted by mjones12 View Post

Got it. So the difference with my old manual awning was that it couldn't be pulled down because of the arms that were attached at the bottom of the trailer (or put on the ground if you so chose).
Bingo !
__________________

__________________
TURBS is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 11:14 AM.