Our awning is a Solera. One of the arms is starting to bend; it is slightly bowed. I noticed it last week. Due to the diminished quality of materials, RV awnings have become pointless. Even worse, they are a hazard. They are very poorly constructed. I watch with trepidation every time we use ours. We use it less and less.
On our last unit, the awning roll just disconnected itself from the motor. It came crashing down and nearly hit me in the head. It was 2 years old, but it was basically brand new because we almost never used it. There was no wind. It was never used in the wind. I do not open them if there is the slightest hint of wind. Jayco said it was Carefree's problem. Carefree said the warranty was expired. We had used it a handful of times. The "pot metal" roll ends and the tiny "foil" screws were the culprits. I had some old screws and washers that were at least 12-15 years old; you know, the kind that actually had some steel in them! I put it back together with them, and we used it maybe 2-3 times after that.
This is one of many reasons why I routinely go through the entire unit to check every screw and fastener that I can access.
To me awnings are a great idea, but anymore, they are built to fail. Frankly, I view them as a hazard. It sad to say, but it's true.