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Old 08-06-2016, 06:02 PM   #11
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Question wobbles did your have a screw above where the bracket is now?
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:21 PM   #12
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Screw is in the center of the top plug to keep the pole from falling
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Old 08-06-2016, 06:29 PM   #13
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Question wobbles did your have a screw above where the bracket is now?
Thanks for the pics
In my third post and third picture you can see the chrome/silver screw that is how the manufacturer mounts the head to the metal supports. In my second post I show the head without any metal mounted. You can see on the stem of that, where the chrome/silver screw screws into.

The OC brackets come with two pre-drilled holes. I chose not to interfere with the factory mount and drilled two below where the stem sits mounted. Extend your awning and get on a step ladder and you will see how to avoid the existing setup.

Had an experience this spring where things out of the blue got wicked bad and was cautiously enjoying how it was working when a poor soul across the lane was loosing his awning. Myself and another camper, my buddy, ran over to literally hold onto his, to keep it from going over the top of his TT.

I felt pretty darn good about how it worked. I have not had a solid promise since I buried my parents some twenty years ago, but the system makes makes me feel good.

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Old 08-06-2016, 08:16 PM   #14
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I need to know if there is any way to tie down a Solara awning. Old coots said his brackets won't work and I would like to have a way of securing this thing so I can sit under it in a storm and not have to worry about it turning into a parachute.
Don't recall saying my brackets wouldn't work on the Solara awning.
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Don't recall saying my brackets wouldn't work on the Solara awning.
Maybe I miss read your pm if I did I applogize for ant misunderstanding
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According to Wobbles, they work just fine. I would imagine you could also use the factory bolt/screw also if the strap tab clears the motor enough to allow hooking the ratchet strap.
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Old 10-07-2016, 12:01 PM   #17
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Finally got to go camping and set up my screen room on my Solara awning with my homemade support poles.
Wind is currently at about 25 miles an hour all is good.
at St Andrews state park in sunny Florida
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I used a piece of 1/8" flat steel approximately 3" x3" and drilled a 3/8" hole in it! Then welled a 6" piece of 3/8" Rerod in it so that the poles won't push into the ground and can't be kicked out by the kids playing! Half the rerod pushes into the ground and the other half sticks up so the pole will slide over it and keep the pole from moving or sinking into the ground!
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I've had success using long straps and 12" spikes with no poles. I take spikes and pound them into the ground 2 or 3 feet past the end of the awning, and pull the strap tight between the awning and the spike. You don't have to pull too hard, it's all about the angle of the pull, it's almost as if you're trying to pull the awning more laterally than down to keep the stretch in the material. If you just pull down, the awing will still become a sail, if you pull out, it stays stretched out for the most part.
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I've had success using long straps and 12" spikes with no poles. I take spikes and pound them into the ground 2 or 3 feet past the end of the awning, and pull the strap tight between the awning and the spike. You don't have to pull too hard, it's all about the angle of the pull, it's almost as if you're trying to pull the awning more laterally than down to keep the stretch in the material. If you just pull down, the awing will still become a sail, if you pull out, it stays stretched out for the most part.
The poles just take the load off the struts and flimsy support arms of the power awnings and keep the awning from flopping up and down.
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