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Old 07-27-2014, 04:27 PM   #1
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Question Best Awning Tie Downs

I've seen the other threads about the value of tying down your awning, so now I'm looking for the answer on the best awning tie down solutions.
I've seen ones with springs, stakes, screw-ins, and even some gadgets on Camping World...and then I've seen some homemade ones with easily adjustable nylon straps that loop around the ends that look solid, also.
I think I'd prefer some 1" adjustable nylon straps, in a color that I can easily see (red, orange, or yellow) so that I don't "clothesline" myself twice a day. Those coupled with screw-in stakes seems like it could be the trick. Not sure if springs are required or not, but I've seen folks that have them close to the stakes.

Thoughts on best solutions here? Please and thank you all, as usual.

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Old 07-27-2014, 04:37 PM   #2
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Well I can tell you from experience that the tie-downs with screws and springs really work! I have gone thru some nasty pop up thunderstorms and have decided to leave awning out due to the comfort level I had in the tie-downs. I never had a screw come out or a nylon strap break. I definitely would recommend this type for sure!
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One of the best on the market is called the claw . Look it up on line I have had them for a few years . They use them to tie down airplanes at airports
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I went with the "u-clamp" version. Here is what I like. They are velcro and have a piece of rubber tube that will slide in the channel of the awning then you simply thread the velcro strap through the ground strap and it's done. I use the dog stakes to keep them down and they come with a bungee shock absorber. We had steady 25MPH cross winds last trip for 2 days and with these the awning was rock solid.
When I want to retract the awing I just undo the velcro straps and retract it with the short 10 inch straps in the awning. The rest of the strap is removed and laying on the ground for when I need it again. It came with a glow tube to put on th ebase of each which I enhance with solar lights at each stake for the night.

If you have an electric awning you want to put a little pressure on the awning and not a tremendous amount like ratchet straps would do. If you have a manual awning and use the legs in patio mode then ratchet straps would be the way to go.
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One of the best on the market is called the claw . Look it up on line I have had them for a few years . They use them to tie down airplanes at airports
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:28 AM   #6
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3'senough...Is this the U-Clamp model you were talking about?
http://www.hannarv.com/P/UCampProduc...thGlowWrap/482
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3'senough...Is this the U-Clamp model you were talking about?
http://www.hannarv.com/P/UCampProduc...thGlowWrap/482
Yes. Amazon has it for 22.00. You will need a set of dog stakes that you can get anywhere. The plastic stakes will pull out in most cases.
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Old 07-28-2014, 12:55 PM   #8
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I use the screw in metal stakes designed for tieing out your dog along with nylon ratchet straps from Lowes or Home Depot. Downside?......if ground is really dry and hard, it might be difficult to get the stakes into it. Then I just don't tie the awning down. I have never had one of these stakes pull out of the ground.
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I may give these a try:
http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001Y8NF90/...I3U7NMWKU6F4RZ
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:48 PM   #10
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Great stuff, thanks all
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