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Old 09-30-2015, 10:55 PM   #51
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I've got a question regarding these tie downs. How much wind is the awning material itself going to withstand before the awning needs to be retracted? Even though the awning frame is well secured, the material is going to catch the wind and, being flexible, will be flopping around somewhat. It seems that at some point, maybe just short of a gale, it is going to either rip, tear, or pull out of the channel at the trailer. So, at what point do ya'll go from 'oh, don't worry; it's no problem' to 'Oh crap!'?
There's also a de-flapper mod. for electric awnings.
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Old 10-12-2015, 11:57 AM   #52
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My awning pole project is finished

I finished my awning support project and put it to the test this past weekend. I got the idea from Mark0224, thanks! He and I used harbor Freight cargo poles. I made some brackets out of steel 1 inch tubing. I removed one of the four sides with a cut off wheel, rounded the corners drilled some holes and painted them. I riveted them to the awning arms. I drilled a 3/16 hole trough the ball end of the pole and attached with a removable pin.
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We camped at a lake over the weekend and we had an unusual storm front come through with wind gusts up to 30 miles an hour. I left the poles attached and the awning out. Iím very pleased with these poles, nothing moved. I donít like the look of permanently attaching the poles to the awning arms so this is a great solution for me.
Total cost, $32.00 poles, stakes and Para cord.
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Old 10-12-2015, 12:35 PM   #53
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I finished my awning support project and put it to the test this past weekend. I got the idea from Mark0224, thanks! He and I used harbor Freight cargo poles. I made some brackets out of steel 1 inch tubing. I removed one of the four sides with a cut off wheel, rounded the corners drilled some holes and painted them. I riveted them to the awning arms. I drilled a 3/16 hole trough the ball end of the pole and attached with a removable pin.
See pictures below.
We camped at a lake over the weekend and we had an unusual storm front come through with wind gusts up to 30 miles an hour. I left the poles attached and the awning out. I’m very pleased with these poles, nothing moved. I don’t like the look of permanently attaching the poles to the awning arms so this is a great solution for me.
Total cost, $32.00 poles, stakes and Para cord.

Those look great, a lot more sturdy and at a fraction of the cost. Completely agree on permanent solutions, not to mention the potential for negatively impacting trade in or re-sale value.
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:03 PM   #54
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From all indications, the permanently mounted ones increase trade in & resale value. So with these, you have pop rivet holes if you take them off and if left on, will rust and are not self storing.
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Old 10-12-2015, 01:08 PM   #55
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Those look great, a lot more sturdy and at a fraction of the cost. Completely agree on permanent solutions, not to mention the potential for negatively impacting trade in or re-sale value.
The poles are in compression, so what has diamater to do with it?..Re-sale value? Take 'em off, if it bothers you.
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From all indications, the permanently mounted ones increase trade in & resale value. So with these, you have pop rivet holes if you take them off and if left on, will rust and are not self storing.
If you don't like the look of poles hanging on the awning arms then it lessens the value. It's not the bracket that I don't like the look of, it's the extra tubing scabbed onto the awning arms. You dudes who sell the poles on this site sure are insecure! There is more than one way to skin a cat.
You have nothing to worry about. There will always be people who think costing more is always better. I'm not one of those guys I guess.
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If you don't like the look of poles hanging on the awning arms then it lessens the value. It's not the bracket that I don't like the look of, it's the extra tubing scabbed onto the awning arms. You dudes who sell the poles on this site sure are insecure! There is more than one way to skin a cat.
Not a problem with however you secure your awning as long as it is secured.
BTW, the poles are not scabbed onto the awning arms and can be removed very easily. Most folks paint them to match the awning arms, I just elected to polish mine to look like chrome. Enjoy your mod, we enjoy ours.
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My home made pole were really tested last trip lots of heavy thunder storms very gusty winds no problems awing stayed put I made my uncle a set also no problems for him either one of my best mods so far
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