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Old 09-14-2016, 08:22 AM   #11
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I have found that I can take down the awning myself in 5 minutes or less. I would rather take it down at night or when leaving the campground rather than either have it ruined or have to take it down in a panic when a wind comes up. The more times I set it up and take it down, the easier it gets.
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:31 AM   #12
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I don't close the awning during the day or at night because I didn't want to get everything wet.
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:42 AM   #13
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John Martin reservoir in SE Colorado. Storms come up quickly especially about
dark after a 90 degree day. Awnings get ripped off your neighbors campers, half nekkid campers struggle in reverse Iwo Jima tent saving poses, tarps in trees, not pretty. Rock was compressed on our pad by the stabilizer jacks to the point that all four were about an inch off the rock after the storm passed. Our coach was rockin and our knees were knockin.
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:48 AM   #14
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Old 09-14-2016, 08:49 AM   #15
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"Reverse Iwo Jima tent saving poses". Classic Dave!

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Old 09-14-2016, 09:30 AM   #16
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The very first Quartzsite gathering at 2:30 in the morning after a gorgeous day we got hit with 70mph winds. It is still referred to as the "Great Awning Scramble." Many of us in that original group know what we all look like in our underwear as we ran in a group from one trailer to the next salvaging awnings. All depends what part of the country you're in, but as Jon remarked on his SW experience, things change in 15 min in the SW and when it does you get clocked if not prepared. Most of us Desert Dwellers have learned to put the awning in at night and if you leave the trailer unattended for any length of time greater than 15 min
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Old 09-14-2016, 10:13 AM   #17
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Hi: All... Some folks at Niagara Wine Escape a few years ago went sight seeing. Wind came up and flipped their awning into a dead horse pose on the roof of their nice red trailer. We borrowed a ladder from the maintenance people at the Riverside CG. and brought it down again. Alf
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Hi: All... Some folks at Niagara Wine Escape a few years ago went sight seeing. Wind came up and flipped their awning into a dead horse pose on the roof of their nice red trailer. We borrowed a ladder from the maintenance people at the Riverside CG. and brought it down again. Alf
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"Dead horse pose on the roof of the trailer", sounds funny now but it sure wasn't funny when that happened to us at Haynes Point Provincial Park in Osoyoos about 6 years ago. We had our little Scamp 13, beautiful sunny day and before we knew it, a sudden wind storm came out of nowhere! The whole awning covered the roof with the legs sticking up...there was enough damage, that it couldn't be rolled back into the casing anymore. Ended up getting replaced.
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Old 09-14-2016, 01:58 PM   #19
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Cape Hatteras with old HiLo. Thunderstorm coming in at the beach. High tailed it back to trailer just as it hit. My wife and I tried to hold it down. Lifted us both off the ground. Awning ended up over the top of the trailer. Not pretty.
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Old 09-14-2016, 02:57 PM   #20
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We too have learned to take in the awning when not there; and at night as well. Last time we were at Yellowshone (in a tent trailer) we left the awning up while we sightsee'd (sightsaw) the park. One of those 15 minute weather changes came, sunny, charlie-brown-cloud, then wind and downpour. We had strapped the awning ends to the picnic table and were saved grief. Meanwhile the camp staff were going around with a golfcart gathering up twisted up aluminum, and fabric scraps. They made a huge recycle metal pile, and a fabric-filled dumpster.

Another time, at Lake Cachuma (Santa Barbara County, CA), a wind came up the valley mid-afternoon, and awnings, tents, etc. went everywhere. I closed several trailer front window covers(rockguards) that were getting twisted around.
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