Originally Posted by leefl
Looks like a power awning. Excuse the, probably silly, question; but why do you need support poles and tie downs for a power awning ?
I don't have first hand experience, but from what I've read- power awning arms aren't stout enough to withstand much wind at all. By supporting the arms and tying it down, I'm able to have my awning deployed up to a considerable amount of wind (I've had it out in 30-35mph winds). I was uncomfortable after 25mph, but I had missed my chance to bring it in safely at that point.
It lets me deploy my awning and essentially forget it/leave it out until we break camp and move to the next location.
The awning poles and brackets for mounting them were made by forum member, OldCoot.