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Old 06-21-2012, 01:40 PM   #1
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Securing Awning in wind

Can anyone tell me how to best secure an auto awning when it is windy outside. My old unit had a manual awning whereas you could you the deflappers, which were great.
I can bungie cord or cable strap the ends of the awning frame to spikes in the ground but it doesn't keep the material from flapping. There is no frame that runs parallel to the sides of the awning material where you can use deflappers. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
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Old 06-21-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
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From my experience with the electric awning, DON'T LEAVE IT EXTENDED when the wind is very strong. I use a 48" bungee cord on each side, hooked in the notch on the arms, secure the bungee cord in the ground with a screw in auger, be sure there is some give in the cord, it is very easy to bend the roller if too much pressure is applied. Never leave it extended overnight, my advise

I really would rather have had the manual pull down awning, like I had on my previous Jayco. Happy Camping!!
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Old 06-22-2012, 11:01 PM   #3
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Can anyone tell me how to best secure an auto awning when it is windy outside. My old unit had a manual awning whereas you could you the deflappers, which were great.
I can bungie cord or cable strap the ends of the awning frame to spikes in the ground but it doesn't keep the material from flapping. There is no frame that runs parallel to the sides of the awning material where you can use deflappers. Any suggestions will be appreciated.
I never leave my awning extended when it is windy and never overnight. I always retract it before going to bed if it is extended. These electric awnings are very flimsy and weak they will bend and break very easy especially in a high wind.
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Old 06-23-2012, 01:52 AM   #4
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Smitty, you can secure an electric Carefree awning using 2x2s and 2x4s. I don't know if I would try with a dometic awning. I'm able to use my deflappers. When I get back down to my camper this weekend, I'll take and post a picture for you. So far my awning has survived some pretty good storms/winds. I personally like keeping my awning out and would rather have a manual awning. Everybody has different needs though and I can see where some people would rather have an electric awning.
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Old 06-23-2012, 12:58 PM   #5
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Here is my Carefree awning secured. I used 1 1/2" binding post screws (from Lowe's - Item#137885) to keep the 2x2s secured at the top against the camper. Holes were already in the bracket at the top and I just enlarged the holes to accommodate the binding post screws. The binding post screws do not interfere with the awning while retracted. The 2x4s are freestanding under the awning arms. I have anchors in the ground for the straps. The awning has survived several strong storms so far. Secure at your own risk...







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Old 06-28-2012, 12:27 AM   #6
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When it getys windy we just push the button.
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Nice set-up. Even nicer is that you have the adjustable pitch awning vs the flat pitch. I imagine the set-up would be ideal for someone camping longer than just for a weekend. Thanks for sharing the pics.
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When it getys windy we just push the button.
The original poster asked about securing the awning, not retracting the awning. The nice thing about leaving the awning out is that we are not confined to the inside of the camper when it is raining. I can still sit outside and relax while it is raining. I don't worry when I leave for several hours about the wind causing any damage to my awning. I've got better things to do than monitor the wind and push a button. It all goes back to personal preference.
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Old 07-03-2012, 09:26 PM   #9
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Man I thought you were kidding about the 2x4's until I saw your pictures. I think it's great!! Looks like someone finally may have beat the electric awning. I too would prefer the manual. I could just lower it at night and my camping gear could remain dry if it rained. This new one is way up in the air all the time. I'm going to copy your plans. Thanks.
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Has anyone tried this with the Dometic Awning? Thx
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