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Old 09-05-2014, 08:05 AM   #1
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Tie down awning?

During the walk through on our Shamrock 183, the tech advised against tying down the electric awning because of potential damage. We've made 3 trips so far and I have noticed at the CG that a good many are tied down. What's the consensus here with them what's got em?


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Old 09-05-2014, 08:12 AM   #2
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Almost every time I use my awning, it is tied down...it is part of my set up.
I have seen a few times untied awning go flying over the roof in a gust of wind.
Unless the weather is perfect,no wind and I'm sitting under it...I tie it down as soon as I get it out.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:15 AM   #3
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Awning pole hold down kit

OldCoot, a member of the forum has a good product for this.
Sorry, but Im at the campground and can't get a pic to up load.
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Old 09-05-2014, 08:15 AM   #4
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Tied down.

if you "don't" tie it down "with" awning poles you'll be shoveling it off the top of your camper roof.
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Old 09-05-2014, 11:49 AM   #5
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I have never tied mine down. Probably never will. It's been just fine so far.

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Old 09-05-2014, 11:53 AM   #6
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I have never tied mine down. Probably never will. It's been just fine so far.Tim
You must put roll it in every time a breeze comes up or it rains.

I stake mine out with poles and never take it in until it's time to break camp.
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Old 09-05-2014, 12:33 PM   #7
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I've never tied mine down but if the wind gets up I do roll it in. My awning has screw down knobs on it for angling the awning during rain and to keep it from racking up and down in a breeze. It seems to me that would be very much the same as tiring it down. I just have to remember to loosen them before rolling it in.



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I've never tied mine down but if the wind gets up I do roll it in. My awning has screw down knobs on it for angling the awning during rain and to keep it from racking up and down in a breeze. It seems to me that would be very much the same as tiring it down. I just have to remember to loosen them before rolling it in.
It's not the same, but it's your awning. I just don't like to have to roll it in, roll it out... Those with poles, usually leave them out unless the wind gets above about 25mph.

Another advantage is not worrying about it should we be away from the camper when the wind/rain come.
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I guess to each his own decision, always tie our awning down with OC's awning poles. Best mod for our Roo.

Camped in shipshewana in june, nasty storm with wind blew thru and destroyed 4 awnings in the campground,, none of them tied down. Ours stayed in place, rock solid. Your choice. JMO
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Old 09-05-2014, 01:09 PM   #10
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the tech advised again'st tying down the electric awning because of potential damage.
He's correct. Simple tie downs can help, but just marginally. The main issue is the arms. They just aren't built to handle any kind of stress. Typically, if the wind starts getting close to 10mph it's time to pull your awning back in.

That being said... you would do yourself a favor by investing a little coin into the OC pole brackets mentioned, or something similar. They will take the pressure off of the awning frame and allow for much higher wind factors.

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