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Old 11-14-2014, 07:02 AM   #21
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The awning is really made for shade not rain protection as rain normally means storms.
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:16 AM   #22
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The awning is really made for shade not rain protection as rain normally means storms.
I have to disagree on the latter part of this. We have spent MANY a rainstorm with a crowd gathered under our awning, so we could continue to socialize, while enjoying the great outdoors. I have even just sat with my wife under the awning, while the rain is pouring down, enjoying the dryness while watching Mother Nature at her finest. Otherwise, one would be forced to go inside to keep dry. The awning also keeps all our coats, shoes, stove, table, beer cases, etc, dry when raining.

On the rare occasion the wind is blowing hard to, we must sometimes give in to escaping inside, but the awning still stays up. I put two 12" galvanized spikes at an angle into each foot of the awning legs.

We do use it a lot for shade as well, as it helps keep the trailer cool in the hot sun.
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Old 11-14-2014, 08:23 AM   #23
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I was implying that you normally would not use your awning unattended in rain storms, wind gusts while absent can cause a lot of damage. Also your warranty does not cover any water damage caused by use during rain.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:25 AM   #24
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The one time I opened my awning we left it open and took off for several hours exploring up into the mountains. It was a lovely sunny day. When we returned it was still a lovely sunny day but our awning had been rolled back up. (?) Turns out Corrales Dave, who we were camping with, saw a sudden storm blowing in while we were gone and rushed over to roll it up. If not for him, coulda been bad. Lesson learned.
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Old 11-14-2014, 09:37 AM   #25
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I guess we are blessed around here, that there is no issue with big storms then. We see lots of rain, but not much for wind with it.
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:21 AM   #26
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The one time I opened my awning we left it open and took off for several hours exploring up into the mountains. It was a lovely sunny day. When we returned it was still a lovely sunny day but our awning had been rolled back up. (?) Turns out Corrales Dave, who we were camping with, saw a sudden storm blowing in while we were gone and rushed over to roll it up. If not for him, coulda been bad. Lesson learned.
While staying at Cape Hatteras many moons ago we were at the beach and saw a thunderstorm brewing over the ocean. Got back to our HiLo as it was cutting loose. Wife and I tried to hold the awning as there was no time to roll it up. Lifted us both off the ground and ended up flopped over roof. lesson learned.
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Old 11-14-2014, 10:32 AM   #27
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no issue with big storms then. We see lots of rain, but not much for wind with it.
This surprises me, Jim. I would have guessed you'd be dealing with afternoon thunderstorms in the summer, with accompanying winds...

We were in Dinosaur last summer, and a thunderstorm hit while we were touring up near Drumheller. We had put the awning away, but lost a BBQ cover that we had left out. (for those "not from 'round here", Dinosaur provincial park is about 4 hours east of Calgary)
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Old 11-14-2014, 01:31 PM   #28
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The powered awning on our motorhome (no, not an Escape, but bear with me) has a sensor which determines when to automatically retract due to wind. I note that it is not a moisture sensor.

I find the awning very helpful in rain, especially annoying drizzle.
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Old 11-14-2014, 02:59 PM   #29
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Ya'll should have gotten a 5.0 if you have awning issues. I've got one built it! I just sit under the loft, me and my lawn chair and a small table. Unless the wind is really blowing sideways I stay nice and dry.
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Old 11-14-2014, 03:28 PM   #30
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Ya'll should have gotten a 5.0 if you have awning issues. I've got one built it! I just sit under the loft, me and my lawn chair and a small table. Unless the wind is really blowing sideways I stay nice and dry.
I tried that on BlackJack but got stuck......
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