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Old 07-10-2015, 09:35 PM   #61
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I need new glasses as I missed the Motor Home. I may not be the sharpest tool in the shed but have a hard time believing about going down road with it out.
Just like the rest of us

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Old 07-13-2015, 03:15 PM   #62
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I wonder if this is it?

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Old 07-13-2015, 04:59 PM   #63
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Possibly.
But even so that obviously isn't the awning system we all have.

55 mph winds on our awnings would rip them completely off the camper.

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Old 07-13-2015, 05:14 PM   #64
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That's not the same type awning that is on 99% of our trailers. Our awnings would be a twisted mess if subjected to that without the poles and tie downs.
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:23 PM   #65
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That's not the same type awning that is on 99% of our trailers. Our awnings would be a twisted mess if subjected to that without the poles and tie downs.
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Old 07-13-2015, 05:46 PM   #66
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I find it interesting that those that don't have or have never used the awning poles are so learned in what they will or will not do in weather. I guess our 2-3 yrs experience using them is for naught.
Ditto.

Have had my OC Poles and Brackets out using screw tie downs and cargo straps (NO SPRINGS OR BUNGIES PLEASE!) when a thunderstorm blew in unexpectedly.

I was really worried about what I would find as we raced back to the campground. I was really pleasantly surprised to find our awning intact (though the screws had loosened some) and the neighbors looking at our awning in wonder. Two other campers with electric awnings deployed suffered damage.

True story and no BS...
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Here is a good awning video that talks about not "overextending" your awning.

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Old 07-13-2015, 06:23 PM   #68
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By leaving a quarter wrap of awning material on the top of the roller, water will not "pool" on the awning but roll off the front of the roller.

This is what a "over extended" awning looks like and water will pool in the "gutter" during a sudden heavy rain and will actually BOW a long awning until it bends.
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Old 07-13-2015, 06:41 PM   #69
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Ok this electric awninging thing has me perplexed. I have a dometric 9100E the same as several I have seen at the seasonal site I'm at. They all have ratchet straps hooked on each end of the roller and either tied back to the trailer or to the screw anchors in the ground. Two have been doing this for several years and another since last year and he has another screen attached to the awning roller that stretches out about 10 or so feet and tied to the ground with ropes and stakes. They all swear there has been no issues. They all leave their awnings out in the wind or rain for the week or so they are there then unhook straps and bring awning in when they leave.
Awnings all seem to work fine and no bent arms or any issues I can see.
There has also been a few that I see that have an "add a room" on as well and they seem to work just fine.
Now I'm just the messenger here and not trying to start an argument but with mine if just a little breeze starts then its banging and flopping and we have to bring it in 10 times a day. So whats the deal here can or can it not be done safely with just using straps?
I get that the poles would make the awning more stable but I can't find any up here where I'm at and am getting really tired of this awning crap.
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Just make your own poles or buy some from Home Depot
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