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Old 07-05-2019, 01:20 PM   #1
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Awnings...2509s...put up for rain?

A few times we've left our awning out during a heavy rain. When the wind picked up it blew straight up and we ended up retracting it as soon as we had a calm moment. No other trailers around us seem to need to do that and their awnings seem fine. Are we doing something wrong, are these just poorly made, or something else?
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Old 07-05-2019, 01:46 PM   #2
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We have a 2507s the awnings on these models are about 18 ft long, we will lower one end for runoff, for the wind you can tie it down but the best thing to do is retract it at night if there is a chance of a storm Happy Camping
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Old 07-05-2019, 02:05 PM   #3
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Awning.....

Wife and I have been camping since 1992 (27 years )
We put our awning in for all rain ( not a mist ) all wind ( not a breeze ) every night ( no exception ) and EVERY time we go away from the rv. Never had awning damage. Seen many awnings on top of roofs over the years not following these rules.
Also have seen RV's with water flowing out of them when people return from a day away. We turn ours off while away. Amazing weve never had a problem while away.
Maybe it's too hard to flip a switch or push a button for some people.

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Old 07-06-2019, 10:55 AM   #4
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Learned my lesson last year. Take it in for rain or high winds.

We were in Savannah last year when torrential rain took out our awning. I managed to get home bit the arm needed to be replaced. Not cheap.
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Greg in Michigan - "Wife and I have been camping since 1992 (27 years )
We put our awning in for all rain ( not a mist ) all wind ( not a breeze ) every night ( no exception ) and EVERY time we go away from the rv. Never had awning damage. Seen many awnings on top of roofs over the years not following these rules.
Also have seen RV's with water flowing out of them when people return from a day away. We turn ours off while away. Amazing weve never had a problem while away.
Maybe it's too hard to flip a switch or push a button for some people."

X2. We were a little more bold with our old manual awning - seemed I could anchor it better with the poles on the ground; and the Holders Awn (anti-flapping brackets) worked fairly well (although we still retracted the awning if we thought bad weather could be heading our way), but the newer power awnings are a great target for winds and heavy rain.
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Old 07-08-2019, 10:15 PM   #6
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If you have one of the power awnings. Then without modification, retracting it for heavy rain and wind is good policy.

On the other hand, many folks have added awning poles to their setups. A search on this forum for awning poles will provide info on them. I have read reports of folks having their awning out in 40 mph winds with no issue...

A forum member named Oldcoot used to supply the needed brackets and another named Turbs sold a package of both brackets and poles. My understanding is that Oldcoot has quit the business and was selling out his remaining supply, don't know if he has any left. Turbs stopped making the sets when his real job became too demanding - rumor is that he's making more in OT than his base salary...

I think OC published blueprints of the brackets here on the forum - you could make your own or have a set made..
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Old 07-09-2019, 05:40 PM   #7
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Just saw a post from OC, he still has a few bracket sets available.
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Welcome to the forum its a great place to get your quetions answered. Awning poles are the way to go, I just made clips to hold my poles to the awning for travel. I bought my poles from turbs and my brackets from Oldcoot some years ago and would not have an electric awning without them. I have had mine up in very heavy winds with no damage. the pic only shows the clips but gives you and idea of the poles
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Old 07-11-2019, 08:40 PM   #9
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how do the poles mount to the top?
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