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Old 02-27-2015, 12:57 PM   #1
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Leaving the awning open in the desert

I'm down in the Arizona desert camping and we noticed the many of the RVs don't have there awning open. DW is wondering if they them closed because of the intense sun wrecking awning. Will the desert sun eat up my awning? I thought it was that the winds with electric awnings getting ripped off the RVs was the reason. Who wins this thought?
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The sun might have an effect on the fabric but the whole point of these is for shade. If you don't use it are you just keeping it nice for the people that buy your trailer?
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The sun might have an effect on the fabric but the whole point of these is for shade. If you don't use it are you just keeping it nice for the people that buy your trailer?
Agree, but you better tie them down due to the wind.
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Agree, but you better tie them down due to the wind.
OC, I do have it tied down with your engineering design in place. Thanks OC.


And already did the trick with some of the desert winds this week.
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wind. get a tie down kit.

Canopies will degrade over time no matter what, even if they are always kept rolled up and never used.
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Unless you have a shielded awning it will fail at the roof gutter because that area is always exposed no matter if it's open or closed.
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I'm down in the Arizona desert camping and we noticed the many of the RVs don't have there awning open. DW is wondering if they them closed because of the intense sun wrecking awning. Will the desert sun eat up my awning? I thought it was that the winds with electric awnings getting ripped off the RVs was the reason. Who wins this thought?
Elind,you have been out of the UP to long! After Much Rsearch it is the SAME SUN you had in Mich. Youroo!!
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Elind,you have been out of the UP to long! After Much Rsearch it is the SAME SUN you had in Mich. Youroo!!
Youroo, this Yooper has been out in the sun at home and down in the Caribbean. It is different down south. It does burn you quicker and spoil a honeymoon style vacation !
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In Oregon our awnings go out for rain not shade
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It's most likely the wind. I have been to Arizona several times and have seen awnings torn off of RV's that left them open. You can open them but I would close them if you go someplace and leave the RV unattended. The winds can come up very fast and can have 50 mpg gust very fast.

I have even seen awnings that were stacked down rip off.
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It's most likely the wind. I have been to Arizona several times and have seen awnings torn off of RV's that left them open. You can open them but I would close them if you go someplace and leave the RV unattended. The winds can come up very fast and can have 50 mpg gust very fast.

I have even seen awnings that were stacked down rip off.
Now that's a true statement there is a limit to anything, but Normal Wind 25 kts or so staking them down will stop that banging. At 50 kts. your going to have a kite.....
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In Oregon our awnings go out for rain not shade
Having lived in OR. when I was younger I can totally relate.



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Having lived in OR. when I was younger I can totally relate. Will try for the first time later this year.
Hope you have poles of some sort.
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Hope you have poles of some sort.
I have not, much to be decided yet as our three sites for this year are sight unseen so I am not sure if the awning will even be used.

I tend to be gone most of the day when traveling (do not drive that far to sit around the trailer) so the awning is rolled up to keep "stuff" from happening when there it is generally late enough for a shower and a drink or three before bed time.
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I do a lot of camping in the Arizona desert around Quartzsite and have seen extremly high winds .High winds start with some mild wind in the morning and ramping up in the afternoon. you never know how bad it will get so just roll it in when you leave camp. At the Quartzsite RV show a vendor sells a pvc like sections that slip over your awning when its rolled up so the sun cannot get to it. Not very expensive and a life time warranty.
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I just rolled up the awning because I just saw the Arizona winds kicking up and the forecast is talking 50 mph gusts. I have the time tested Old Coot style poles but they have their limits.

I guess my theory about the wind vs the baking sun wins.
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I just rolled up the awning because I just saw the Arizona winds kicking up and the forecast is talking 50 mph gusts. I have the time tested Old Coot style poles but they have their limits.

I guess my theory about the wind vs the baking sun wins.
Don't know about Arizona winds, but I agree that there are times when it is better to just roll the awning up.
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It's most likely the wind. I have been to Arizona several times and have seen awnings torn off of RV's that left them open. You can open them but I would close them if you go someplace and leave the RV unattended. The winds can come up very fast and can have 50 mpg gust very fast.

I have even seen awnings that were stacked down rip off.

Yep...that's what we do - now. With our PUP and manual awning a sudden gust picked it up, with tie downs attached and threw it on the roof breaking one of the poles in the process. Now, with our TT and electric awning, if we leave or go to sleep, it gets put up.

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