Originally Posted by UPCamper
I haven't ever used tie downs because if I needed to roll the awning up during the night, it would be a pain. But I am curious, do they help more than they are a pain if you had to roll it in during a storm?
I was of the same opinion, but with the "u clamps" there is a small 12" velcro strap that slides into the tube slot and you can wind it up in the awning. The straps remove by this velcro release and detach fully in about 15 seconds.
My awning does not move any longer with wind. I find using them at the beach or windy locations is my main use. No need to use them at calm protected locations.