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Old 07-17-2013, 08:01 AM   #1
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Awnings left out

Woke up at 5am to another coastal storm with plenty of rain and strong winds. I looked out my back window just in time to see my neighbors awning collapse under the weight of collected rain water. As drove through the park I counted a total of eight awning that were left out by owners who had gone home for the week. Luckily this was the only one damaged.

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Old 07-17-2013, 08:06 AM   #2
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Last fall a neighbor had left his awning out with the add-a-room attached at his seasonal site. It was late in the season, and he was supposed to be getting his camper out for the winter, and snow was forecast. But he waited until it started snowing before he left for the 2-hour drive to the lake. And it was wet snow.
Well, by the time he got there, you know what happened.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:08 AM   #3
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Yikes...if we don't have them anchored down, we at least roll them up overnight or when away from camper on rainy weather days.



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I made the destroyed awing club in May this year as well...could have been much worse. Cost me about 100 in parts and a lot of pride. Wind not rain got me.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:14 AM   #5
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I made the destroyed awing club in May this year as well...could have been much worse. Cost me about 100 in parts and a lot of pride. Wind not rain got me.
Wind is a whole different matter, as it is so unpredictable.
We were camping in Cody, WY last month, and the wind would get up at a moment's notice, and strong! So we simply left our awning in most of the time. These new electric awnings are so pathetically made that it wouldn't take much to bend the arms.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:18 AM   #6
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Camped in the KY horse park last August. Early one morning a severe
thunder storm rolled thru. MY awning was rolled up!!!
After the storm we walked around the CG and saw many of those little
4 leg shelters you can buy at Sams club and other places that had
collapsed due to rain water collecting on top. They look like they should
shed water but they don't. Lots of others shelters were flipped over with
various amounts of damage.
Also saw a nice motor coach with the awning flipped right over the roof.
Pretty sure that one was a total loss for the awning.
Both awning arms were bent in lots of places they should have been straight.

I've had to get up in the middle of the night to close my awning more times
than I want to remember..... wife says next trailer will have electric awning.
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:23 AM   #7
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Wind is a whole different matter, as it is so unpredictable.
We were camping in Cody, WY last month, and the wind would get up at a moment's notice, and strong! So we simply left our awning in most of the time. These new electric awnings are so pathetically made that it wouldn't take much to bend the arms.
The new electric awnings are flimsy, but it only takes seconds to retract, bring them in when you leave your site?
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Old 07-17-2013, 08:46 AM   #8
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It only take a few minutes to roll your awning. Why would you leave the CG and leave your awning out. Also why leave it out over night? We have had several several storms and a awning will most times lose the battle. I have gone around our CG and warned people of a sever storm that was coming. Most people will roll their awning in. One camper beside me decided to tie his awning to two picnic tables. the wind came up and he had a damaged awning and two dent in his trailer where the tables made contact with the walls.
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It's amazing how much punishment the manual awnings will take. I watched another neighbors awning fill with water to the point of forming a belly underneath. That awning took the same wind as the one pictured above and received no damage. He got lucky! I'll have to tell him about it when he arrives on Friday night. I managed to get it rolled up before heading out for work this morning.
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I bent an arm on my awning, first trailer (Wind) Tombstone Arizona 2006. I learned my lesson, every time I leave my awning is retracted.
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Old 07-18-2013, 07:09 PM   #11
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It's amazing how much punishment the manual awnings will take. I watched another neighbors awning fill with water to the point of forming a belly underneath. That awning took the same wind as the one pictured above and received no damage. He got lucky! I'll have to tell him about it when he arrives on Friday night. I managed to get it rolled up before heading out for work this morning.
I had the belly awning on our last trip..:-0 Apparently we didn't have the other side down enough notches for it to drain, so at 2am, I was out there hitting it with a broom to knock the water off, then taking it down a few notches..
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GREYWOLF'S INFO SAYS do not worry about moon burn and put you awning up at sunset every eve. I leave mine up untill bed time only if the stars are out and there is no wind. Ive had mine 13 years now and have not had an incident yet. To be honest i came close ONCE 2nd trip out 13 years ago, caught it when 1/4 full of water(I got a shower).
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Here's an updated picture of the awning in my original post. The owner just took a knife to it and shoved it under his TT. What a shame.
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We camp a lot at Myrtle Beach and have lost count of awnings we have seen destroyed. We always put ours up when we are away no matter how long it will be. Just can't afford the damage and have seen to many zero wind to destroyed awnings in a matter of minutes.
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We camp a lot at Myrtle Beach and have lost count of awnings we have seen destroyed. We always put ours up when we are away no matter how long it will be. Just can't afford the damage and have seen to many zero wind to destroyed awnings in a matter of minutes.
Yeah, we never even bother putting ours out at Myrtle Beach. Seems like it's always windy. Now that we've gotten a flimsy electric model, we definitely won't be using it at the beach.
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Kind of off topic but I just saw a TT pulled over as he came off of The Queen Isabella Causeway. It's been a really windy day on South Padre Island and it appears his awning came unrolled as he drove over the the bridge. I made a u turn to give a hand and arrived as he and his friend were loading the awning roll into the bed of his truck! I think I'll install some locking pins in my awning arms to hold things in place when I travel. Anyone have any suggestions on where to place lock pins on power dometic awning? Pics?
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Kind of off topic but I just saw a TT pulled over as he came off of The Queen Isabella Causeway. It's been a really windy day on South Padre Island and it appears his awning came unrolled as he drove over the the bridge. I made a u turn to give a hand and arrived as he and his friend were loading the awning roll into the bed of his truck! I think I'll install some locking pins in my awning arms to hold things in place when I travel. Anyone have any suggestions on where to place lock pins on power dometic awning? Pics?
Sorry to say, but locking the arms will not keep the roller from unrolling. You have to lock the roller itself.
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OC what are you hooking the bottom end of that turnbuckle to?
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Bottom picture shows it hooked on the bottom of the awning channel that is mounted to the wall.
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Going to work on a bracket to slip in the sunscreen slot to hook to and eliminate having to drill and tap the end cap.
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