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Old 07-16-2016, 05:24 AM   #71
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Originally Posted by Velosprout View Post
I had a Rockwood 1610 popup for 9 years, always set up the awning and left it up during the whole camping trip. We never used poles or tie-down straps, but did angle down one end for rain drainage. We were in some pretty severe thunderstorms, but never had a problem. Use the awning, and if it gets torn up, replace it.
I am guessing that 9 years ago they were not using the flimsy Power Awnings ???

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Old 07-16-2016, 07:55 AM   #72
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Originally Posted by Velosprout View Post
....Use the awning, and if it gets torn up, replace it.
In Colorado, the awning or tent or EZ-up fabric getting torn up is usually not the issue.
Awnings flip over the PUP (or camper, I've seen both), and the poles puncture something in the process.
Umbrella style tents go rolling like giant tumble weeds until the poles can't take it anymore.
EZ-ups pin, bolt, and rivet connections let go under swirling and changing wind pressure, and the frame gets bent.
Storms at altitude are violent, something I learned in both Alaska and Colorado. There is a reason hikers are told to be off the 14er peaks before noon, and preferably an hour or two earlier.

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Old 07-16-2016, 08:04 AM   #73
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Originally Posted by Wolverine 1945 View Post
I am guessing that 9 years ago they were not using the flimsy Power Awnings ???
Not on 8' box Rockwood 1610 popups. These were the carefree bag awnings. Tough though. Once I hadn't closed the zipper (it was held up with the Velcro strips) and it dropped out on the road while crossing over a railroad harm done except for a scratch.
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