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Old 05-26-2011, 12:07 PM   #1
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A&E Awning

I was told by some fellow RV'rs that I should not tie down my awning, however! I have seen it done. Can I tie down the awning and leave a little slack in the tie downs with out any danger of ruining the thing?

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Old 05-26-2011, 02:24 PM   #2
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It depends on the type of awning. Is it powered or manual?? There are items that look like a corkscrew that screw into the ground and have a strap that goes over the awning. Some awnings have a auto retract when sustained winds occur. We have that type and I would NOT tie mine down for that reason and the fact I'd need a ladder to get close to the rail.

Amazon.com: Valterra Products, Inc. A30-0200 Happy Hook Awning Tie Down: Automotive

http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...ng-straps/2359

Just a couple of examples.
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Old 05-26-2011, 02:30 PM   #3
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My A&E powered awning was nearly ruined when I tied it down using a sun shade in the accessory rail. A VERY mild breeze came up and the flapping against the bungee cords was bending the T connection where the air spring hits it at 90 degrees. It also started pulling the bearing opposite the motor away from the roller.

I say leave the tie downs to the manual awning folks. IMO.
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Read my post on 4/25/2011 #7, I treat it just like the (Non power) type A&E! We put our sunshade in the rail (21) feet ,lower it on one end for drainage,prop it up to clear the door ,all just like the old type. If a storm is coming,its your call to roll it in,same as the old type! Youroo!!
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It really worried me when I saw that beam bend.
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Old 05-26-2011, 07:11 PM   #6
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I always tie my 21' power awning down the way I did my manual one. I use the corkscrews in the ground with ratchet straps & always lower one end. I put light weight bungee cords over the awning tube to hook the straps to. This allows the awning to flex in the wind & it is very fast to remove them if I need the awning closed in a hurry. The only time I close the awning is when I leave the trailer or in extreme weather conditions.
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It really worried me when I saw that beam bend.
If you want to see the beam (roller tube) bend ,look at one in transit,flexing up & down on every bump in the road. Then you know why they put center supports on the long awnings. Youroo!!
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You misunderstood. It was not the roller tube that was bending; it was the side supports. There is a shock strut that is 90 degrees to an aluminum channel that bends A LOT when the awning is tied down.

I will try to get some photos today.
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Like my past posts said,(Car port),I made adjustable poles that go under the roller tube. They support the roller tube vertically,then you attach the ropes at a 45 to the ground,same as the manual type. If you dont support under the tube yes it will bend the linkage arms,as well as (Never) tighten the awning material. Think carport! Youroo!!
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Like my past posts said,(Car port),I made adjustable poles that go under the roller tube. They support the roller tube vertically,then you attach the ropes at a 45 to the ground,same as the manual type. If you dont support under the tube yes it will bend the linkage arms,as well as (Never) tighten the awning material. Think carport! Youroo!!
A photo would help me visualize what you made to support the roller.
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I have a power awning and was told it will self retract in wind, so I guess for me, it's not a good idea to tie down.
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Old 05-27-2011, 11:38 AM   #12
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I have a power awning and was told it will self retract in wind, so I guess for me, it's not a good idea to tie down.
Not all power awnings auto-retract. (My power awning does not)
Check for the wind sensor on the awning.
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I have a power awning and was told it will self retract in wind, so I guess for me, it's not a good idea to tie down.
I would question the auto retraction on a V-Lite. We have a power awing on our 2011 and it does not auto retract nor was it an option. In order for it to do so you need a wind sensor on the roof somewhere.

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Old 05-27-2011, 01:37 PM   #14
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I would question the auto retraction on a V-Lite. We have a power awing on our 2011 and it does not auto retract nor was it an option. In order for it to do so you need a wind sensor on the roof somewhere.

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Thanks. Not having one I did not know where it went.
Makes sense to be on the roof. I should have guessed.
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Yes , my awning is a powered awning. and after reading the posts, I believe I will just keep an eye on it while extended, and always ensure it is retracted whenever I leave the TT area for a exteneded period.
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Yes , my awning is a powered awning. and after reading the posts, I believe I will just keep an eye on it while extended, and always ensure it is retracted whenever I leave the TT area for a exteneded period.
We always retract ours when we leave the trailer and at night. PITA with our awning lights but better take 10 min than spend a couple thou on a new awning I could spend better else where
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We always retract ours when we leave the trailer and at night. PITA with our awning lights but better take 10 min than spend a couple thou on a new awning I could spend better else where
And you deprive your neighbors of the middle of the night underwear dance that can be so common when the sudden squall line comes through.

I also bring things in at night. The electric awnings seem to be a bit more delicate than the manual type I had on the last RV. And, it is easy to do if you don't have lights, or lots of stuff spread out underneath to protect.

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I would question the auto retraction on a V-Lite. We have a power awing on our 2011 and it does not auto retract nor was it an option. In order for it to do so you need a wind sensor on the roof somewhere.

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You mean a dealer could have lied to us? Say it aint so! Wouldn't be the first time a dealer would say something was there that wasn't. It's no big thing though, we retract at night and in bad weather.
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