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Old 07-08-2012, 09:04 PM   #11
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We lived on the road full time in a Monaco class A with a power awning, and then we lived full time in a Open Range 5th wheel at one location also with a power awning. Currently have a Work and Play Toy Hauler with a manual awning. I prefer the sturdier manual awnings.
Those power awning are about $2000. to replace.
I found them to be almost useless when you need them the most when the wind and rain are coming down hard. Always had to roll it when leaving the RV unattended, never knew if the wind might pick up when we weren't there.
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Old 07-08-2012, 09:11 PM   #12
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We lived on the road full time in a Monaco class A with a power awning, and then we lived full time in a Open Range 5th wheel at one location also with a power awning. Currently have a Work and Play Toy Hauler with a manual awning. I prefer the sturdier manual awnings.
Those power awning are about $2000. to replace.
I found them to be almost useless when you need them the most when the wind and rain are coming down hard. Always had to roll it when leaving the RV unattended, never knew if the wind might pick up when we weren't there.
With proper support poles on a power awning and with tie downs, they will withstand some pretty high winds. Just spent 2 wks in Orlando with 4 days & nights of 25 -30 mph winds and torrential rain and the only noise we got was the awning material rippling.
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Old 07-08-2012, 10:00 PM   #13
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I have had both manual and electric. I ordered my latest trailer with a manual because I believe they are much better in the wind. Here in southwest Wyoming 20 to 25 mph winds are pretty much a daily occurrence.
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Old 07-09-2012, 02:42 PM   #14
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I do not know what strenth of wind they can take, but I have a healthy respect for awnings and the wind! I have a friend who went off and left his up for a few hours at a lake side site and 45 MPH winds blew by and totaled his 29' TT! At a RV site that I own in the UP of MI the rules state that you must roll them in if the live the campground, it is on Lake Huron.
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Old 07-09-2012, 03:04 PM   #15
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As we like to say in the sailing community ..." it's usually a good time to shorten sail about 2 minutes after you first start thinking about it..." ;-)
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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.
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