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Old 01-13-2014, 07:30 AM   #1
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Awning Deflapper

I've set a budget for items I want to buy for my new 5er before I get it. This is one of those items.

Those that use awning deflappers, what kind did you get and how well do you like them? Here's Camping World's offerings for awning deflappers, for instance.

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Old 01-13-2014, 10:19 AM   #2
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Hi Donna,
I use the Awning Deflapper Max shown in the link you provided.
I always put one on each side or two if we're in a beach front site at the ocean. They go on easily & work very well.
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The "Awning Deflapper"? Is that the device that when you clap your hands, the awning extends? Does Reace install that as an option?
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Deflapper for awning

Donna, we used the max on the larger awning of a motor home (26') but on the 19 and now on the 21 we use the smaller units. I just pull tight enough to hold the awning without bending or applying pressure sideways on the horizontal awning support. The smaller units work fine, if the wind is quite strong or gusting then I also tie the awning down to stakes or the picnic table. No more getting up at 2 a.m. to retract the awning.
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What is that de-flapper supposed to do or stop?
If I anticipate high winds, I put the awning away. If not, it's just fine with proper tension applied before tightening the knob on the top support arm.
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Old 01-13-2014, 12:38 PM   #6
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awning deflapper

With light winds of 10 to 15 the awning will flap up and down at the ends even with a lot of tension from the bar adjustment. The resultant noise is enough to keep us awake as well as our neighbors, the deflappers grab the fabric in the center and hold it quite steady and quiet. We spend a lot of time outside and have the awning up most of the time, the minimal cost and minute it takes to secure the awning we feel is well worth the effort or insurance when gone.
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I have never seen these things before, let alone used them. I know the awning does blow about in a hard wind, so I am going to check to see if something like this would help. I don't like to retract the awning unless absolutely necessary, especially if it is accompanied by rain.
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Actually, there is already a place on both awning arms to mount Carefree's own deflapper device. There should be a sticker already there that explains what the holes are for. It mounts with a provided rivet and the device swings down when not in use. Haven't put mine on yet (waiting for a nice day) and will post pictures when done. Look on Carefrees site.
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We were staying in an rv park while attending a wedding last fall, and when the wind came up it blew a neighbors awning to pieces before anyone could come and rescue it. Great lessson to me on value of not leaving my awning unattended.

I had already adopted a practice of retracting my awning at night and whenever we leave our site. Given that the Escape awning only takes 1 person about 1 minute to setup or retract, this is not a difficult thing to do, and I do not worry at all about the effect of wind on my awning.

That being said, the Awning Declappers does look like it would be useful to have for those times when we are sitting under the awning during a wind.
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In a good wind and rain, I retract the awning part way so I can stow folded chairs against the trailer, under the awning.
I've only experienced a problem once, in very high winds. In that case, I should have retracted the awning before going to bed.

After opening the awning, I pull down on the awning arm while tightening the knob on the top bar.
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