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Old 05-30-2015, 06:08 PM   #11
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Watched a severe T storm destroy every extended awning in the camp ground. You can't tie anything down that a severe storm can't rip apart. We never leave it out.
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Old 05-30-2015, 06:58 PM   #12
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Does anyone know if it's possible to add a wind/motion sensor.
I think that would take an upgrade. They make one that comes with the wind sensor. Haven't seen anything that is an accessory add on.
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Old 05-30-2015, 11:04 PM   #13
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Does anyone know if there is a more heavy duty electric awning out there. Something with stronger arms
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Does anyone know if there is a more heavy duty electric awning out there. Something with stronger arms
Not really.

We had the Carefree on our SENECA and the Dometic that is on the PINNACLE functions much better. There is really no issue with the arms. If the wind picks it up the arms will just fold up against the TT or FW just like it was rolled up, they will not go up on the roof or over the unit. The only thing that will end up on the roof is the fabric. The hydraulic shocks will then pull everything back down. I had this happen several times with mild gusts when we had the SENECA that is why I feel the Dometic is a much better awning. After that I started tying it down, with no supports, and have never had any issues.
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Old 05-31-2015, 09:04 AM   #15
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We have an electric awning and got the camco tie downs with the springs. Should I not be using those with an electric awning? With our PUP we had a manual awning and those worked well so I assumed they would be fine for this awning as well.
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Old 05-31-2015, 06:27 PM   #16
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I might or will try tying it down
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Old 05-31-2015, 06:48 PM   #17
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I have a Dometic on this one and had the Carefree on the last. Dometic unit I like better for several reasons. Do you have the adjustable arms with tension screws? If so I bought a set of anchor straps with quick releases and like Grumpy have had my awning out in 20-25 MPH sustained side beach winds with no issue. I set the tension arms and strap them down. If there are forecasted thunderstorms I retract the awning in those situations.

This set has bungee's and goes in the track. Real easy setup and removal. ALso a set of dog stakes to hold them down works best.

http://www.amazon.com/Trailer-Camper...+quick+release
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:30 PM   #18
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This is my second trailer with electric awning. It is true that while more convenient, it is more susceptible to wind damage. I personally follow the rule that if you're not in the trailer or sitting under the awning, it gets retracted. I never leave it out overnight or while down at the beach, etc. When the trailer sits for a couple hours unattended, water/pump gets shut off, awning in, windows closed and doors locked.
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On our maiden voyage with our new 24FBS a few weeks ago, the weather guessers on the radio were saying the wind was 70 kph gusting to 90 kph. I looked around the half-deserted campground and there wasn't an awning in sight. Every single one was put away, including ours.
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If i'm leaving my site I bring it in, I always bring it in when I go to bed, now if you tie it down it can tear where it is attached to the camper
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