View Poll Results: Awning in or out?
What Awning? 0 0%
Only extended it when I am going to be under it. 32 25.20%
Extended it for the day, roll up at night 30 23.62%
Extend it for the entire weekend 41 32.28%
Extend if for the weekend only if I can secure it down with tie downs or something else... 24 18.90%
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Old 04-16-2015, 02:30 PM   #31
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I had awing anxiety all of last year after our manual 18' awning took flight one nice day. No joke, sun was out there was a light breeze and then Bam out of nowhere the wind picked up. Took the whole thing up straight up and slammed it back down to the ground. At the time i had the Leg Detached from the trailer and just sitting on the ground. This was my error. Never do that any more even if i can anchor it down. Luckily we were all inside and no one got hurt. With little kids running around as is normally the case it could have been a lot worse. I am super paranoid about it now. I was able to get it retracted and zip tied together for the ride home. Cost me about $100 bucks to fix, and this last trip I noticed some additional damage that i never noticed. The rear rafter almost has broken loose from the rivet that holds it to the top bracket. Never again.

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Old 04-16-2015, 02:31 PM   #32
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Originally Posted by karrun View Post
So what are OCs, and what is Turb's awning remote control? Picking ours up Monday, so need to start paying attention to these things!

OldCoot (OC) makes brackets and poles to support the awning when deployed. By using his kit you can then use straps to anchor the awning to the ground. The electric awnings are really nice but unfortunately not very sturdy during a windstorm. Here is a link to the thread:
Awning pole hold down kit

Turbs came up with a way to deploy and retract the awning using a remote control like you have for opening your car doors. That way you don't have to get up and walk to the RVs control center to push the switch. There's a link to that thread too somewhere but I don't have it handy.

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Old 04-16-2015, 02:35 PM   #33
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Old 04-16-2015, 03:28 PM   #34
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We leave our awning out whenever we are in the campground. If we are going out of the campground, we always put the awning in. We have camped for 50 years and have never had a damaged awning.
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Old 04-16-2015, 03:51 PM   #35
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Never put it out, unless I need to.
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Old 04-16-2015, 11:52 PM   #36
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We have ours out all the time unless winds get up. We leave it up at night & drop one corner down in case it rains. We leave our lawn chairs & table under it at night.

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Old 04-17-2015, 12:46 AM   #37
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Originally Posted by OldCoot View Post
X2 and it takes a real high wind.
Us too, we use OC'S poles and only bring ours in if the winds get to strong.
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Old 04-17-2015, 09:53 AM   #38
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What are OC awning pole and where did you get them?
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Old 04-17-2015, 10:55 AM   #39
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It depended on the awning, My first camper had the manual awning and I left it out during the entire week except with high winds.

After trading in the camper for a newer one with a power awning, I would only put it out when it was sunny and calm. The slightest breeze would lift the awning and pull the reel towards the camper. Didn't want to take the chance of it slamming into the wall.

Now I am happy to say that my "new to me" fifth wheel has a manual awning that I can use de-flappers and lock it down.
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Old 04-17-2015, 11:11 AM   #40
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Secured with poles and tie downs and brought in if high wind warning is in effect or if wind starts it billowing to the point you can feel it in the camper, usually in before it gets to that point.

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