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Old 05-27-2015, 07:46 PM   #1
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Wind and awning

For those that have the power awnings . How much wind can they take. It seems everytime we are camping I am opening and closing the awning. It sunny but then there is wind and the awning is blowing up toward the trailer so in it goes. I did make the PVC supports to tie it down but they are a pain. How strong of winds do you leave them out , I wish I had gotten a manual awning on my Eagle, thinking of having it changed over.
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I do wish I could still have my manual awning as well. That being said, it is nice to be able to retract during a storm without going outside. Mine handles quite a bit of wind. It's 21' and we almost always leave it out. I have no idea what number it correlates to for mph because we don't have a weather station. I've listened to it clack in the wind enough times to know when it sounds uncomfortable to me. Some roll it in at a slight breeze. Just depends on what you are comfortable with. If we are going to get a good thunderstorm, it goes in. That's my only hard and fast rule.

I've thought about the tie downs, but if I have to roll it up in a hurry because of an incoming storm, I don't want to have to run out and undo them.

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I tie ours down. What are the supports for? I tie ours down using a strap over the roller and a chain and spring to allow some give. No need to pull it down taught. Never had any issues with 35 mph gusts.
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I was told you should not tie down the electric awning without supports under the roller to the ground. So I made those adjustable PVC ones someone made here on the forum. The electric awnings don't have the supports the manual ones do. Grumpy what type of spring do you use. Do you leave it out at night. Thanks all
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The electric awnings don't have the supports the manual ones do. Grumpy what type of spring do you use. Do you leave it out at night. Thanks all
I'm using the springs from a awning tie down set that I bought years ago. We had it out for 3 months straight with the exception of one day when there was "severe" weather predicted. I know several people who also have PINNACLES that had their's tied down 24/7 for several months as well.

As to the supports, you don't need to pull it down tight, there should be a slight amount of slack in the tie down your just trying to keep it from going up.
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I use trucker jack poles as they are stronger and then ratcheting straps to stakes in the ground.. you can find photos in the mod section where I was showing my screen room.
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Wind and Awings.

I pull mine in if in doubt. The wind can rip the cover and bend the arms very easily. I to prefer the older manual type.
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On my old camper (pop-up), we had to take it down if it got real bad. Stayed at Cherrystone on the bay a couple years ago and a microburst took the awning about 50ft. in the air. Then it came crashing down on someone elses camper..not good. I guess I faired pretty good because another campsite lost their outside potty tent!
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Does anyone know if it's possible to add a wind/motion sensor.
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For my electric awning I use a couple of milk jugs (filed with water) and bungees to tie down the front. It can handle a good breeze before I retract.
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