Not sure I'd try this. But a couple of weeks ago we were at the beach and left for the day. We left at 3 pm and there was not a cloud in the sky, by 6:30 we were an hour away and severe thunderstorms with 60 mph wind gusts were in the area and had already passed over our campground 50 miles away. I didn't know exactly how bad the wind was at the camper.
When we got back the awning was fine. However, the next morning a guy camping behind us came over and told us the wind was blowing the awning so high, he could see it being blown up and down from behind our camper! He was going to roll it up for us until he discovered it was electric.
This was not what I wanted to hear, but none the less, the awning wasn't damaged and is in still in great shape. But, next time I'll be sure to roll it up regardless when we leave for an extended amount of time.
2006 Ram 1500 Hemi
2012 Surveyor SP260