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Old 03-21-2015, 09:33 AM   #1
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Good morning folks: I was wondering if anybody used rope and tensioners to stake out the awning in windy weather? When I get my new 21 out I'm going to try it. Out here in the west the wind in the afternoon kicks up. If it gets to bad I'll close it up but for a few gusts I think it will help.
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:40 AM   #2
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If I think the wind will pick up I tie both ends of the awning down with the 20 foot ratcheting tie downs. I also use the deflappers from camping world or Amazon and I make sure the rods to the trailer body are adjusted tight. Very seldom do I bring the awning in unless it's time to leave.
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Old 03-21-2015, 10:58 AM   #3
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Do you tie it down with the legs attached to trailer or the legs anchored to ground. I always thought it was preferred to tie down with the legs anchored in the ground as the stress is pulling down versus away from the trailer if the legs were still attached?
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Maybe I'm a bit too conservative, but if the wind is coming up, or I'm leaving the site, I roll the awning back up. I've seen too many torn ones from unexpected wind. I have even gotten into the habit of rolling it in most nights before going to bed.
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Maybe I'm a bit too conservative, but if the wind is coming up, or I'm leaving the site, I roll the awning back up. I've seen too many torn ones from unexpected wind. I have even gotten into the habit of rolling it in most nights before going to bed.
Same here Jon, but maybe we do not have to?
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Old 03-21-2015, 12:02 PM   #6
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I'll roll mine in if leaving the site and there is threat of wind. For overnight, if there is a threat of wind and rain, I will roll it in part way ( see pic ) so that I can place chairs and such under cover, next to the trailer.
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Old 03-21-2015, 12:07 PM   #7
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I tend to be conservative and roll back up if leaving the site or going to bed. Two advantages: 1. No worry about torn and broken awning. 2. Eliminates the potential of "forgetting" how to set up and take down. I've read of many people who need the instructions out whenever they use the awning!
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years ago before I would tie it down, I had an awning go over the top of a motorhome due to an afternoon thunder shower in the mountains. I can't usually stake supports to the ground so I leave them secured to the trailer and pull everything tight with the ratcheting tie downs. We have been in some strong winds and so far it has worked. The R-pod had a odd screened room without an awning and I did take that down at least once in the middle of the night due to wind.
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Nothing quite as invigorating as taking down the awning in pouring rain and raging wind, wearing only your undies.
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