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Old 10-22-2012, 08:46 AM   #11
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I use the ratchet straps, as well, but I use a strap that runs across the top of the length of the tube, like the commercially available hold-down, then I run the ratchet strap back to the TT frame rails, parallel and next to the angled awning support poles. The angled support pole on the awning holds it up, and the ratchet straps hold it down. Additionally, if the TT rocks slightly from someone stepping in, moving around, or from high winds, the awning and the tie-downs move with the TT. Nothing is attached to the ground, so no stress on the awning fabric, the pot-metal connections on the tube, or on the screws and fasteners.

I've already winterized and covered, or I'd take a photo for you....
Do you have the manual or power awning?
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Old 10-22-2012, 11:29 AM   #12
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this sounds like what I am after. How do we get a note to you in May for a pic???
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:05 PM   #13
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I hope someone is reading this form at the end of October! The awning on our 2012 Windjammer is very sensitive to wind gusts, and twists away, or lifts up at the slightest breeze. Any suggestions on how to tie this down to the deck so that it won't move so easily? I am terrified of it getting all bent.
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Sounds like you are at a seasonal site(Deck). There are many ways to secure the awning to a deck.Remember (UP),(DOWN),and (TILT)! Youroo!!
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Old 10-22-2012, 12:06 PM   #14
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Do you have the manual or power awning?
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this sounds like what I am after. How do we get a note to you in May for a pic???
Just PM me on this forum. I'm usually on a few times per day....
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Power awnings cannot be tied down like you do, there is no strut going to the bottom of the camper. Just a flimsy adjustable strut that will bend/break very easily.
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Power awnings cannot be tied down like you do, there is no strut going to the bottom of the camper. Just a flimsy adjustable strut that will bend/break very easily.
I don't really "pull" down tight on them, but rather just snug them to keep the wind from lifting them. Don't know from experience if it work work well with power awnings, but I have seen folks set-up that way (with power awnings) while at the NA$CAR race in Dover.
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I don't really "pull" down tight on them, but rather just snug them to keep the wind from lifting them. Don't know from experience if it work work well with power awnings, but I have seen folks set-up that way (with power awnings) while at the NA$CAR race in Dover.
A lot of us have tried tying them down without poles and it just doesn't work especially with the adjustable arms. I even tried tying them down on my 08 Flagstaff that didn't have adjustable arms and it doesn't work on those either. The arms are just too flimsy.
Strength wise, the manual awnings are much stronger, but convenience, I'll go for the power ones especially with the poles.
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Dog screws dont work for (Concrete,Blacktop,or very loose Sand). Youroo!!
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Dog screws dont work for (Concrete,Blacktop,or very loose Sand). Youroo!!
And I so wanted to use them in concrete and asphalt!

Altho I have used shortened gutter spikes in asphalt.
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