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Old 07-07-2016, 07:24 PM   #41
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Let's put it this way...sometimes I wish my awning could be hoisted on our cruising sailboat...it's that efficient a sail. Nuf said.
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Old 07-07-2016, 10:25 PM   #42
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I guess I'm cautious. I don't want to chance it. I always bring in my awning if I leave, go to bed or the winds come up strong. I live in a very windy corridor at home and regularly see how quickly strong winds pick up. It only takes pressing a switch about 10 seconds on my power awning to close it, no big deal!! That's alot less than the time and money involved in replacing an awning!
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Old 07-08-2016, 12:52 AM   #43
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Once you either see or experience the damage they can do when left out in high winds, you will stow yours if it gets breezy enough.

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X2. We have friends that always stake theirs out and refuse to roll it up even when getting wind advisories. A surprise haboob in Vegas this spring changed their mind after it ripped it off and damaged their rig. We always roll ours up when we are away from the RV. Also when we retire for the night.
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Old 07-08-2016, 07:46 AM   #44
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Wow, lots of good input for TT's but Pups are a lot different. We can't have
a power awning as our poor little roofs can't support the weight. In order to
roll up our awnings we need two tall ladders or we can disassemble the
camper, drop the whole roof to within easy reach (all the way down for us HW), and then manually role the thing up. If you just lower the awning, you can't get in the door.

So the question seems to be "how does a PUP owner deal with high winds
and awnings?"

Are there any tricks that us newbies should learn to quickly stow or secure
our awnings during a sudden storm?
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Old 07-08-2016, 08:05 AM   #45
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I just replaced my 15 year old awning fabric, looks great. This is generally what I do.

While in Phoenix (or anywhere else), I like to leave the awning out as it provides shade and significant heat reduction on the side of the MH.

If there is any threat of high winds (thunderstorms) , I retract the awning. It only takes a moment.

If I'm going to be away for the day, I lower the awning to the lowest position. The only problem with this, I need to be careful opening the door as it hits the awning. I have one of those wheel things on th3e door, but it could still rip the awning.

When the awning is out and in a high position, I ALWAYS leave one side of the awning a little lower than the other to provide water drainage. If you don't do this, water will pool in the fabric and it starts sagging in the middle, As the weight of the water starts getting heavy, the large roll-up tube starts to bend in the middle. If the water gets to full, the roll-up tube buckles in the middle, and your whole day is ruined.

My neighbor in a Phoenix RV park uses large springs (1 inch in diameter by 1 ft long) when he ties his awning down. The bottom of the springs are attached to the ground stakes. He then attaches his tie-down straps to the top of the springs. The springs allow the awning to move up and down a little, reducing the stresses on the tie downs and the awning as the awning moves up and down a little.
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Old 07-08-2016, 08:19 AM   #46
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I had a bag awning on my Ole Toyhouse. I found two very heavy steel plates (the steel plates that a railroad track rests on)

I welded a 1 inch long, one inch diameter pipe in the center of the plates.

The plates served two purposes, they gave the poles a nice big/heavy pad to rest on so the poles wouldn't sink into the ground, and they also added a big heavy weight that the awning was secured to.

I set the plates on the ground, and the awnings vertical pole would fit in the small pipe. I then used a strap to tie the awning to the plate.

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Wow, lots of good input for TT's but Pups are a lot different. We can't have
a power awning as our poor little roofs can't support the weight. In order to
roll up our awnings we need two tall ladders or we can disassemble the
camper, drop the whole roof to within easy reach (all the way down for us HW), and then manually role the thing up. If you just lower the awning, you can't get in the door.

So the question seems to be "how does a PUP owner deal with high winds
and awnings?"

Are there any tricks that us newbies should learn to quickly stow or secure
our awnings during a sudden storm?
Ratchet straps.
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Old 07-08-2016, 11:17 AM   #48
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I use the poles I bough from TURBS,,, they work Great,,, and the tie-down ropes that I made,,, but if I knew there was going to be very high winds,,, I would put every thing away and roll the awning up !!!
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Old 07-08-2016, 11:57 AM   #49
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People have to use some common sense and understand that nothing is fool-proof.

The poles work (and work quite well) during normal rain/wind events.
But... will they keep you from having a problem during a micro-burst or hurricane?... NO!

If you decide you never want to unroll your awning for fear that a wind gust may come along and do damage that is your decision. Mine is... with the use of the poles/brackets and straps I can use my awning 95% of the entire time I'm camping.
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While camping with my Brother-in-law several years ago he left his awning out on his brand new 5th wheel. It was a bit windy but not too strong to cause alarm. While we were sitting inside during an evening having a adult beverage there was a sudden gust of wind and the awning was folded over the top of the 5th wheel and pretty much destroyed. To tell the truth, I don't recall if he had additional tie-downs installed or not. I know for sure, he wished that he have retracted the awning--lesson is better safe than sorry.
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