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Old 07-07-2016, 10:42 AM   #11
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I haven't been in really extreme conditions but I've had good luck with the Happy Hook tie-downs on my electric awning. Now it takes the threat of severe storms to have me put in the awning. I leave the arm locks loose and tighten the ropes to compress the arms so the locks are about half-way in the slots. Then there seems to be a good balance between the upward force from the struts and the downward tension of the ropes.
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Old 07-07-2016, 12:06 PM   #12
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I guess I'm a skeptic, I know lots folks use tie downs, my concern I guess is where awning is attached to rv , the wind is diffently going to lift it somewhere, an gusts come out of no where .
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Old 07-07-2016, 12:14 PM   #13
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At $400 an awning motor with a decent failure rate I'll use my awning poles!
X 2 I use the same system and for most weather conditions works great. as mentioned if real ban wind just unhook rollup. Later RJD



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X 2 I use the same system and for most weather conditions works great. as mentioned if real ban wind just unhook rollup. Later RJD
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Old 07-07-2016, 12:26 PM   #14
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The week before we arrived at Myrtle Beach, they had some strong winds / storm and several RVs were flipped over. the one thing they all had in common is that they had their awning out which acted as a wind catcher.
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Old 07-07-2016, 12:33 PM   #15
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I've seen several awnings lift a travel trailer. I've see some awnings ripped like a paper sack. I've seen some collapse when full of rainwater because they weren't slanted in the rain. It's all a matter of preference and how daring you are. I've been rv'ing for 12 years,,,,,,I never, never leave it out when we leave or go to bed, and I always bring it in when the wind gets too gusty or high. Experience is a good teacher. The first month we rv'ed, I didn't know about slanting the awning in the rain. When it happened, I thought lightning had struck our rv,,,,what a mess outside. It all depends on how daring you are when pushing the envelope. Me? I don't take any chances anymore.
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Old 07-07-2016, 12:40 PM   #16
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Our awning will not allow you to slant it. It does have an automatic dumping system, however. When the weight of the water gets to a certain point it automatically dumps it. We do not have tie downs or poles, but you can hear the awning when it starts to get windy. I would reel it in when there is any chance of a storm or if leaving when there is rain in the forecast.
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Old 07-07-2016, 12:53 PM   #17
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Our awning will not allow you to slant it. It does have an automatic dumping system, however. When the weight of the water gets to a certain point it automatically dumps it. We do not have tie downs or poles, but you can hear the awning when it starts to get windy. I would reel it in when there is any chance of a storm or if leaving when there is rain in the forecast.


If you have poles you can slant it


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Old 07-07-2016, 12:57 PM   #18
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all depends... some people figure their good and some people don't
we don't have a deck to attach and strap to so we roll ours up and away.

friends in Texas thought they were safe after many years...
not so much now.
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:09 PM   #19
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Our "care free awning" was out and not a breath of wind anywhere.all of a sudden a gust came over the hill.took the awning and flipped it over the top of the RV. $3000.00 to repair. The awning instructions say to not anchor it or tie anything on it as it automatically will retract if it senses it getting windy.(They also state ANYTIME you are not actually using the awning to retract it.)
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:10 PM   #20
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Sometimes, the auto-dump "feature" doesn't work. The gas shock can be "frozen" resulting in a warranty claim, now going on 4 weeks, for twisted aluminum channel bars. Hmmm, ask me how I know ths.
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