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Old 04-29-2014, 06:58 PM   #1
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Just wondering

Got this the other day and was wondering what's your opinion.

"I do NOT believe in those awning brackets of yours. Why? Because the awning material wasn't designed to withstand high wind forces."
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:03 PM   #2
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yes and no. Will your setup work with minimal winds, of course they will. Will they help in high winds, no. Unfortunately OC, you cant fix stupid. I don't think you ever made claims that your setup would withstand 50+MPH winds so anyone that wants to knowingly leave their awning out in those conditions deserves to have it ripped from the side of their camper.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:34 PM   #3
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Got this the other day and was wondering what's your opinion.

"I do NOT believe in those awning brackets of yours. Why? Because the awning material wasn't designed to withstand high wind forces."
Well, I can tell you that I am glad I have them. On more than one occasion I have seen other campers have to roll theirs up due to moderate wind. Their awnings were flapping, and banging around and the only option they had was to roll it up. I on the other hand sat and watched as mine made minimal movement, to include the material. I guess if I was to attempt to set up in gail force warnings, I might have a different opinion. I personally am grateful to own a set and have significant confidence in their ability to secure the awning arms from bouncing around. I believe they can sustain much more wind than I am willing to "test". I like them, and your craftsmanship. Just goes to show, you can't satisfy everyone.
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:42 PM   #4
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pppfffffttttt I'd tell 'em to go kiss a big hairy FROG.

We love ours...SO happy to have gotten ours just before D&D shut down.

Was tempted to post a pic I have of a frog givin the international "salute". /snark
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Old 04-29-2014, 07:47 PM   #5
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Ugh...nobody has insisted on using these for gail force winds...just the typical, everyday campground breezes will have you playing hot potato with taking in & out of the awning so it doesn't get damaged...ain't nobody got time for that!

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I'll say they so help amazingly. I shoulda taken pics, but last memorial day, at Indian Cave State Park in SE Nebraska it was a bit windy.... Counted 7 awnings destroyed in the one night, and that was just in half of one loop. Our awning is larger(20') than any I saw that weekend and thanks to the oc tiedowns, all was well in Camp Linn love em. But ya, a bit o common sense goes a long ways.

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Old 04-29-2014, 07:57 PM   #7
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What's "high winds" in their opinion? My old TT had one side leg get broken on a windless day when one gust popped up. Wind takes the brackets and legs out long before the fabric goes out, anything you can do to tie it down and brace up the legs and brackets will help.

Will they help on a 50mph wind? Probably not. Will they help on a 30mph sudden gust? Looks like they will.
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WOW, just thinking I am torn between whether the statement has some bitterness or not. If you rephrase it to what I think the author is stating it reads - the awning material is not designed for high winds so why use hold downs so this person has no use for hold downs - if the wind is high enough to be of concern stow the awning. I personally stow my awning when the wind comes up but find hold downs helpful to support if I am away and the holds would help till my return. I think your hold downs are a good addition to camping and you can't expect to meet everyone's expectations.
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I figured that the material is pretty strong because any I've seen the awning is usually torn from the trailer with the material basically intact.
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OC,

You could do a poll on how many people have had their awning material rip while using your hold down kit. I'm thinkin' Carnac would give the results up front;

NONE

I'll say it again; once we used the tie downs on the poles they were SOLID, solid enough that I was able to prevent a fall** off a footstool while hanging my awning lights. NO, I didn't throw my full weight on that one pole, but enough to regain my balance.

common sense...it just ain't all that common anymore

**Lord knows I didn't need another fall...yeah, I said another, cuz I fell in the shower a week ago this past Sunday here at home. Actually fell OUT of the shower...slap out on the floor after bouncing off the toilet...took the shower curtain and curved shower rod with me.

Nope, no adult beverage either time. This neck injury causes dizziness when I have my arms over my head.

Dang, I took this post way 'round by Nelly's house and back, I did.
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