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Old 07-05-2017, 09:25 AM   #21
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The problem I have with awning tie downs is the stress that is put on the awning attachment at the RV. I have poles etc. to tie it down, but have decided not to use them.
You may be using to much angle to the ground anchors. I like to have mine no more than 2 feet from the bottom of the poles. We had 40 mph gusts a couple of weekends ago and never had a problem, thanks again old coot.
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:29 AM   #22
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Biggest problem I have is if we end up a nice paved site,,,
There is no where to stake poles down !!!
I have had to use the pick a nic table before !!!
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:31 AM   #23
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You may be using to much angle to the ground anchors. I like to have mine no more than 2 feet from the bottom of the poles. We had 40 mph gusts a couple of weekends ago and never had a problem, thanks again old coot.
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:54 AM   #24
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Maybe I missed something Mikey,,, but are your Poles Adjustable ???
Yep. They are painters poles that adjust from 6ft. to 12ft. At least they started out that way, I had to trim about 6in. off.
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Yep. They are painters poles that adjust from 6ft. to 12ft. At least they started out that way, I had to trim about 6in. off.
Sounds Great !!!
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:30 AM   #26
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Were can I get some Brackets
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Old 07-05-2017, 12:39 PM   #27
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I think mine came from a secret stash. Not sure if there are any more around but I'm guessing they will find you if there are.
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mikeysotp: Could you please post some close-up photos of the brackets?
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Old 07-05-2017, 09:11 PM   #29
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If you tie the awning down with the poles you don't pull the awning away from the camper!
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Old 07-05-2017, 10:51 PM   #30
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I have a set of OC's Awning poles and brackets, never been used/installed, that I have for sale. I will be at the FROG Goshen rally. PM me if interested.
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Old 07-06-2017, 06:04 AM   #31
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If you tie the awning down with the poles you don't pull the awning away from the camper!
That would depend on the angle of your tie downs !!!
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Old 07-06-2017, 07:28 AM   #32
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If you tie the awning down with the poles you don't pull the awning away from the camper!
I think of the awning as a huge, tilted sail. Winds (up, down and sideways) will stress the awning where it is connected to the trailer. The bigger the awning the greater the stress. In spite of all this, I am considering anchoring mine anyway 😆
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As has been said over & over,,, tie downs or not,,, if we know there a storm coming we should put the awning and all our stuff away !!!

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Old 07-06-2017, 07:57 AM   #34
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Last year we were camping in Western IN,,, I had one end of the awning tied to a very large Picnic Table because I could not get our dog stakes in the ground,,, in the middle of the night a wind storm popped up,,, got under the awning and mover the very large & very heave Picnic Table !!! All I could do was wait till the storm passed,,, if I had tried to put awning away @ that time,,, I would have lost it !!! As many folks did that were not tied down !!! There was one tent I saw that had been blown over,,, I think the people must have gotten up and made it to there car ???
That must have been one wild ride !!!
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Old 07-06-2017, 08:24 AM   #35
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As has been said over & over,,, tie downs or not,,, if we know there a storm coming we should put the awning and all our stuff away !!!

x?? I don't know how many times I put mine in and out over the 4th weekend. 5-6-7? We had bad storms and some others got yanked off.
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Old 07-06-2017, 08:49 AM   #36
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Years ago when we had a TT with the old manual awning,,, we sat under it in some real heavy Thunderstorms,,, never put it away,,, when we left we just dropped it down as far as it would go !!! Those were real awnings !!! Wish MH had one !!!
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Years ago when we had a TT with the old manual awning,,, we sat under it in some real heavy Thunderstorms,,, never put it away,,, when we left we just dropped it down as far as it would go !!! Those were real awnings !!! Wish MH had one !!!


Agree - our last two fivers had manual awnings and we left them out in all kinds of weather with deflappers on the fabric and the supports attached to our wooden deck in the carport position

Only had to tilt one end during very heavy rains but never any problems

Thought we wanted power awning when we bought current rig but would much rather go back to the old school version
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Old 07-06-2017, 01:59 PM   #38
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I definitely need this! I've hated the automatic awning on my Windjammer simply because it can't be left out even it a light breeze. Like you, Kevinwak, I preferred the manual awning on my previous camper. It didn't matter that it took 3 or 4 minutes to put up or take down. Since I could lock it in place I didn't have to put it in and out 6 times a day...
Rather have a manual awning anyday. You stake them poles down your fabric will rip first. Same thing self storing. Or don't stake them down the arm material is 10X's stronger then any pole, just my opinion..
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Power awnings are here to stay. I have had mine extended with poles ratcheted down in some very heavy weather. I liked my old manual on the class A, but I really like just hitting the button and watching the awning go out or in.
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Power awnings are here to stay. I have had mine extended with poles ratcheted down in some very heavy weather. I liked my old manual on the class A, but I really like just hitting the button and watching the awning go out or in.
That's one reason 5 years ago that I bought my unit, then I thought slick, now I just have to hit a button. Then I found out how flimsy they really are. I guess now they are putting in wind sensors to, but with Dometics tract record, I wouldn't put all my eggs in that basket either, that's the price we pay for innovation. Flimsy arms, can't use deflappers without adding something to try and save your fabric and the cheap motors. You have to carry extra parts for eveything now a days...I do get your point SeaDog..
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