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Old 09-18-2014, 08:16 AM   #11
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Was in a campground last fall when the trailer across from us had their awning (which was same model as ours) collapse in a strong wind. They were away at the time and were clueless as to what was happening to their trailer. Fortunately for them, a couple of campers came out and rolled it up before too much permanent damage could occur.

I always roll up the awning if there is a chance of strong wind. Additionally, I don't usually leave the awning up overnight (I hate getting up to take it down if the wind comes up), and if I leave the site for any period of time, I also take down the awning.

If the awning was not so easy to take down and put up, my approach would likely be to not use the awning nearly as much.

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Old 09-18-2014, 10:13 AM   #12
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I stake the arms down with 2 10" galvanized spikes on each arm if it is windy, and if it looks to be real bad, I close it up.

Normally, our awning is opened first thing, and closed up just before we leave.

A friend with a motorhome, and those scissor type extending arms uses the screw in type anchors, which seem to work really well.

It has been many years since I have been in a paved campsite, otherwise I might employ another strategy.

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