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Old 05-20-2015, 09:35 PM   #51
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Having two different awnings blow open in high winds ( thank you Washoe Valley in Nevada) I'd never use anything stretchy to secure one. I've got broad Velcro bands which are easy to put on and take off
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Old 05-20-2015, 10:50 PM   #52
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I like the photo of Ron's thick Velcro straps. It looks like they are below the mounting bracket, which some would argue that it should go through. But being so close to the bracket there is no moment arm, so I think the placement would be just as effective. I saw a couple trailers using the Camco straps last weekend, and think they are probably right at the minimum required. I agree anything stretchy like a bungee chord may not work because it would allow enough movement for tearing or unraveling to occur and then the forces multiply. It was hard to imagine the forces involved with the awning pulling away until actually experiencing the failure and seeing how easy it was for the bottom metal parts to break.
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Old 05-20-2015, 11:06 PM   #53
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It appears that the fabric became brittle after four years. I have not built a garage for it yet, so it has been sitting outside in the northwest Washington weather. I didn't notice any brittleness prior to the incident, but after it ripped, it was very evident that it had lost a lot of strength from the cracking along the tear.

Not surprising. UV breaks down and destroys outdoor fabrics and vinyl quite quickly.

A good treatment with 303 on the entire awning, but especially along the stress points like the awning rail, does a great job of preventing UV breakdown. I've used it for many years. As long as you treat the surface about 3 or 4 times a year, the material you're treating will last indefinitely.

I recently sold my convertible that I had regularly treated with 303 (needed to get rid of it before getting the pickup and the trailer) and the vinyl, rubber and convertible top were as good as new -- on an 11 year old car.
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Old 05-21-2015, 12:02 AM   #54
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It looks like they are below the mounting bracket, which some would argue that it should go through. .
Yep, I'd argue that too.

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Old 05-21-2015, 12:09 AM   #55
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Old 12-19-2015, 06:17 PM   #56
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Clearly, it didn't take much, just a kiss.

Just discovered I have a busted bottom awning bracket. Have no idea how I did this but must have happened sometime when I was backing the trailer under my canopy in the yard. Guessing I dinged it just enough to crack the pot metal, then sometime on a rough recent trip someplace the lever thing just fell away. The bracket replacement costs $25.29 plus $15 shipping from Carefree in Colorado. Clearly pot metal. Hope to get mine at a local dealership.
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Old 12-19-2015, 06:28 PM   #57
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For those that want something to print out, with pictures, I captured screen shots of Tammy deploying the awning. See attached.
Nicely done Donna - excellent resource to have.
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Old 12-19-2015, 06:37 PM   #58
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I had my awning "open" unexpectedly on the way home from Osoyoos. I always use 4 sets of straps, one set midway and second strap at the top thru the hull bracket. Well it seems something "unlocked" my awning and it unfurled while still closed. Other than 2 small holes I was able to secure the awning for the trip home. I now attach a tension band to the lock mechanism to keep it in the locked position. Pictures tomorrow.
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Old 12-20-2015, 07:49 AM   #59
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Here is a picture of my awning "lock" lock.
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Old 12-20-2015, 09:26 AM   #60
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Thanks for sharing the awning "lock". a very creative idea/engineering.

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