Originally Posted by chriscowles
We're in Carlsbad. There is a thunderstorm and dust warning until 1730MDT with winds in excess of 50 MPH. The trailer is being moved by the wind but is not rocking. I feel okay to stay but there's not much we could do if it weren't, other than maybe get in the truck.
I am concerned about the slide awning. Should I be? It's flapping, of course, but is secured along the entire front and rear edges. The only thing we could do to mitigate risk of damage would be to pull the slide in.
This time last week I was camping in the Columbia River area in E. Washington with 50-55 mph gusting winds. Trailer shook like a dog coming in out of the rain and the slide topper (awning) flapped like a flag in high wind.
I fully expected to wake the next morning and find the awning fabric torn free. Surprise, not a bit of damage. The roller on the awning had a little slack and it would roll out and retract a small amount to cushion the awning fabric.
Unlike the large awning, the topper/awning is supported solidly on both ends and it takes a lot of wind for the fabric to reach the breaking strength. Will definitely keep one alert and awake at night but this is the second time I've encountered 50 mph plus winds this year.. In January I was camping in the Mojave Desert (Hole in the Wall Campground) with two straight nights of winds this high. So far no damage.
My slide topper is approx 4'X10' in area when extended.