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Old 08-13-2015, 09:22 AM   #1
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Patio Awnings - Tie Downs?

Do you guys use any form of tie down on your electric patio awning?
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Old 08-13-2015, 09:59 AM   #2
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Don't have a Class C but, yes. But only if it gets windy with strong gusts. I use hurricane straps. Ratchet straps with hooks.
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Old 08-13-2015, 10:22 AM   #3
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I do not since my unit has the "Direct Response" electronics that sense high winds and stores the awning automatically. My unit did not initially have that feature, I purchased the Carefree add-on and installed it myself.

While not for everyone, it does give us peace of mind when we leave the unit with the awning out.
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Old 08-13-2015, 10:46 AM   #4
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Tied down both the SENECA and now the PINNACLE, use a strap, chain and awning hold down spring. Be sure you put tie down on the tube and not the arm and don't pull down too hard, that is why I use the spring.

If it looks like the weather is going to get too "wild" I will untie and roll it up.
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Old 08-16-2015, 08:55 PM   #5
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Started doing that his winter. Dog screws in the ground and tent slip rope. Seems to work fine, but if it's very windy i just bring in the awning.
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Not directly on a Seneca, but on two trailers with electric awnings, we have used the same set of extendable painter's poles that are telescoping and have had U shaped or forked tool holders, screwed and epoxied in to the ends. This gives the same support as manual awnings with the legs extended. Tie down ropes, or straps with some form of elastic shock absorber, complete the installation. Works great! and keeps the awning under control.
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Old 08-17-2015, 10:52 AM   #7
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Nope I never leave the awning out if I am not in camp it's easy to push a button and not worry about wind damage. Wind quits push the button again.
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Direct Response electronics, best of both worlds! Shade to keep unit cooler until wind kicks up, then it puts itself away! Had it also on my prior unit (a 2006), I never had any wind-damage awning trouble. I generally left it out while camping when away.

For me it was about a $90.00 investment, installed it myself. An added benefit (over original) was that now it is "one push" retract. Formerly I had to hold the button in "retract" position until it was all the way in. Now just push "retract" once, it puts itself away.
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I'll have to check em out, never seen one.
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Direct Response electronics, best of both worlds! Shade to keep unit cooler until wind kicks up, then it puts itself away! Had it also on my prior unit (a 2006), I never had any wind-damage awning trouble. I generally left it out while camping when away.

For me it was about a $90.00 investment, installed it myself. An added benefit (over original) was that now it is "one push" retract. Formerly I had to hold the button in "retract" position until it was all the way in. Now just push "retract" once, it puts itself away.
You wouldn't perhaps be talking about THIS would you? If so, was it too hard to install? I might do that myself if it's not too much trouble. Looks like a good upgrade...
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