When I had my popup, I had two options, connect the awning poles to the camper, or stake them to the ground. I found staking to the ground always worked best, along with the deflappers. I left that awning up in all kinds of weather and never had an issue. I wonder, do the awning channels and brackets that mount to the bottom of the camper come off? I see what looks like two holes for stakes in the end of those channels where it attaches to the bottom of the camper. Has anyone staked them to the ground?
I just find it a pain to pull out the awning, put in the awning, pull out the awning, etc. I did get those straps with the coil springs, and the stakes that thread into the ground, and they seem to offer good stability.