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Old 07-06-2016, 11:20 PM   #1
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Awning use in high winds

Can I get some feedback/perspectives on using the awning during high winds?

Do you leave the awning up during a storm and if so, does staking down keep things stable enough?

It would be nice to have protection from the rain when cooking outside...but not at the expense of the awning crashing into the camper and coming loose in the middle of the night.

Thanks!
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Old 07-06-2016, 11:32 PM   #2
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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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Old 07-06-2016, 11:55 PM   #3
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We stake ours down and it has always been fine. There was one trip to Moab where there were 60 mph winds, and we didn't put the awning out then.


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Old 07-07-2016, 12:42 AM   #4
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We generally leave our awning extended unless the forecast is for extreme conditions. With an electric-extend awning, we don't tie it down; just push the button and retract if weather threatens.
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Old 07-07-2016, 01:02 AM   #5
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we have an electric awning so we use the Awning hold down brackets made by old coot on these forums paired with the Awning poles sold by turbs on these forums. The brackets attach the poles to the awning arms. The poles keep the wire d from pushing the awning down. You then use ratchet straps attached to the brackets and an anchor (ie a dog tie out stake) to keep the awning from flipping up. Works in a pretty strong wind. They are easy to take off so if the wind is bad enough we just unhook and close the awning up.

By the way don't forget to always angle your awning sideways to prevent rainwater from pooling on your awning.

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Old 07-07-2016, 04:46 AM   #6
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I recommend that you do not leave the awning out during high winds. I've seen too many of these get damaged.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:01 AM   #7
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The TT we sold this spring had a manual awning. When we deployed it at the beginning of a trip it got tilted for drainage, the de-flappers went on and it was firmly staked with ratchet straps. It stayed up rain or shine in all but the strongest winds.





Our new-to-us Rockwood 2701SS has a power awning and I have mixed feelings about it. Up until now we've put it away in a stiff breeze, every time we leave the campsite and when we go to sleep. But I miss having a big sheltered area for our stuff, especially overnight.

Next time we go out I am going to tilt it for run-off, stake it down with cam straps and sit under it until the wind blows so I can see how it behaves.
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Old 07-07-2016, 09:07 AM   #8
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The TT we sold this spring had a manual awning. When we deployed it at the beginning of a trip it got tilted for drainage, the de-flappers went on and it was firmly staked with ratchet straps. It stayed up rain or shine in all but the strongest winds.





Our new-to-us Rockwood 2701SS has a power awning and I have mixed feelings about it. Up until now we've put it away in a stiff breeze, every time we leave the campsite and when we go to sleep. But I miss having a big sheltered area for our stuff, especially overnight.

Next time we go out I am going to tilt it for run-off, stake it down with cam straps and sit under it until the wind blows so I can see how it behaves.
You can't strap down a power awning without the addition of the awning poles/brackets mentioned in previous posts.

Power awning arms ARE NOT designed to take the force of tie-downs without additional poles.
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My personal experience with two different awning systems, spanning 25 years....If you're not under the awning, enjoying the shade....retract it. It's simple, keeps you or others from walking into support poles or lines and keeps it from pulling apart from the unit or collapsing or (as I once saw in SC, tipping the unit over!)
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My personal experience with two different awning systems, spanning 25 years....If you're not under the awning, enjoying the shade....retract it. It's simple, keeps you or others from walking into support poles or lines and keeps it from pulling apart from the unit or collapsing or (as I once saw in SC, tipping the unit over!)


At $400 an awning motor with a decent failure rate I'll use my awning poles!



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