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Old 09-13-2016, 06:20 PM   #1
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Proper awning procedure

After two years I have finally worked up enough nerve to use my trailer's awning. So for a week before I left on my current trip I deployed the awning each morning and stowed it at sunset, just to practice. I can do it now.

But-- what should you do on a trip when it's time to go inside for the evening and you don't anticipate any wind during the night? I'm tempted to leave it out, since the less I mess with it the less wear and tear on the awning structure, and the less chance I'll screw something up. What do others do?
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:39 PM   #2
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If I don't expect wind I leave it out. Unless planning for a streamlined early morning departure. Awning is also great for hanging festive lights or spinny wind things.
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:47 PM   #3
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While at Osoyoos, mine is deployed 24/7/#days there unless a storm approaches. What you need to do now is practice partially deployment for those possible stormy days where you are only out maybe 6 feet.
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Old 09-13-2016, 06:51 PM   #4
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Yeah, I don't worry about retracting it unless there's a storm or high wind forecast or such. Main reason though is not that it can be damaged, but that it kind of makes the trailer shake -- I need my beauty sleep....

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Old 09-13-2016, 08:02 PM   #5
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Our awning gets deployed as part of camp setup every time, and stays up until we pack up to leave. Only if there is a very big wind come up do we ever take it in, which was probably 10 times in 6 years, almost all in Osoyoos various years.

It provided much welcomed shade, as well as rain protection. With our awning we almost always staked the legs out so they were vertical, rather than leave them attached to the trailer. I seemed more solid to me, and it is way easier to manoeuvre around the campsite without them blocking each end of the awning area.

For us it is just part of our style. We set up the picnic table under it if possible, and all our cooking stuff. Basically, it is like an open air room. Many a time we have had a 6-12 people under it waiting out a shower so we can resume our play.
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If we're camping along the coast or next to a large glacier fed lake I tend to stow the awning if we're away from camp for any length of time because of the possibility of sudden winds.

Camping in the interior I leave the awning deployed. If bad weather is a possibility I put it in what I call "storm mode", 2/3's open, with a steep enough downward angle to still be able to get the door open. A couple of weeks ago we were camping at Portage Valley with high winds and the rain blowing sideways and the awning, in "storm mode" did just fine. Scott

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Old 09-13-2016, 10:44 PM   #7
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On our scamp i stake the legs down and also put ratchet straps from the cross bar that I stake out to the ground a little ways out to hold the awning down in case of unexpected wind
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Well Mike,
Looks like you got some more practicing to perform with your recently discovered awning. Do not forget to secure the top with straps and make sure the lock is secured, mine came unfurled along I90 last year.
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I guess I've spent too much time in the southwest where it can go from calm to 30-40MPH winds overnight. After watching more than one awning damaged (including one that was completely blown off a class C RV) I always close my awning overnight and any time I leave the trailer. I might be overly cautious, but that is better than trying to put it away in the dark in 40MPH wind!
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I guess I've spent too much time in the southwest where it can go from calm to 30-40MPH winds overnight. After watching more than one awning damaged (including one that was completely blown off a class C RV) I always close my awning overnight and any time I leave the trailer. I might be overly cautious, but that is better than trying to put it away in the dark in 40MPH wind!
My experience is similar to Jon's in that I have also experienced sudden storms that often come up with only a few moments notice. I have seen a neighbors awning collapse in one of those storms in Old's, Alberta a couple of years ago. Almost always I will close up the awning when I leave the campground for the day or when I go to bed at night. Exceptions are only when the trailer is parked in a very protected spot (such as in some of the forest campgrounds) where the risk of high winds in the site are fairly low.
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