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Old 07-28-2014, 05:52 PM   #1
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How much wind is too much?

How much wind does it take before you roll up the awning?

I might be too nervous but roll it up when we leave the site if it is breezy.
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Old 07-28-2014, 06:04 PM   #2
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x2 and overnight
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It's always a good practice to roll it up if you're going to leave for any length of time..... nothing like being out a 5 miles hike when a front moves in and you remembered you didn't roll it up..............or better yet, having to roll it up in a severe thunder storm. Like Tex said at night too, how many times have you been awakened by a thunderstorm that you didn't know was coming your way...trust me the last thing you want to be handling with lightening are those metal poles.......or getting pelted with rain or hail in the middle of the night. Just my opinion......I hear some folks actually like it.
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X3 on leaving the site for an extended period of time. every night???? no and only if the the forecast is predicting bad wx or if the evening sky looks threatening...
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X3 on leaving the site for an extended period of time. every night???? no and only if the the forecast is predicting bad wx or if the evening sky looks threatening...
Mine is an electric awning, so for me a flick of the switch and it's rolled up. And sorry to counter your post, but before we had our TT and had a popup, we left it up overnight because it was a pain to setup and take down, almost lost it a couple of times due to UNEXPECTED wind gusts overnight, even when the forcast was for clear skies and no wind..
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Old 07-28-2014, 07:26 PM   #6
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I pretty much leave mine deployed most of the time but I have a ratchet strap and auger-style earth anchors on each end. If rough weather is possible or whenever I leave the camper unattended, I will lower one end of the awning and readjust that ratchet straps.
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X4 we roll up our awning any time we leave the site and overnight as well.
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Old 07-29-2014, 11:11 AM   #8
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X4 we roll up our awning any time we leave the site and overnight as well.
+1.

I've been woken up one too many times by the awning thumping because of the wind. Ours will flex (as designed) when the wind blows, so it probably won't rip or break in some wind, but I'd rather not take the chance, so I roll it up.
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I've always practiced that.... awnings are for sun, not wind or rain.
We store it at night and when we leave the site. Our new one is electric, so it's VERY EASY to put away!

I've seen storms hit in the middle of the night. One time, I counted 15 destroyed awnings in one night. (not mine!) Some were laying across their own trailer roofs! Not pretty.

We play it safe... those things are expensive.
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