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Old 11-16-2018, 06:55 PM   #1
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Awning screen tie down weights

Just bought Vista Shade sun screens (front and side) for our awning. We may not be able to use ground stakes for the tie downs in some places. We might buy, or I may make some weights to secure the tie downs. Any suggestions as to how heavy the weights should be. I know it depends on how strong the winds may be, I'm just asking for what has worked for you.
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Old 11-16-2018, 07:20 PM   #2
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I have always been able to use screw in ground anchors. But I have a 10x10 canopy that I use canopy weights on and they do pretty well in light to medium winds. Google canopy weights and you will find a number of different types and weights. But they would not hold if the winds got too high.
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Old 11-16-2018, 07:33 PM   #3
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A guy I know uses five gallon plastic pails and fills them with water.
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I haven't installed one of those screens, but have seen a number of rigs where they have them, and I commonly see cinder blocks, cheap and easy to find.
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Old 11-16-2018, 10:41 PM   #5
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I like this idea because I wouldn't have to add the extra weight while traveling.
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Old 11-17-2018, 01:02 PM   #6
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Kevin, I've used the 2 1/2 gallon DEF jugs to hold both my awning and also the awning screen down. I fill them with water and use bungie cords with hooks on both ends and hook around where the awning roller connects to the arms and where the screen has grommets for tiedowns on it. Works great for us and if the wind comes up the bungie cords stretch just enough to hold the awning down till I can disconnect them and bring the awning in.
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Old 11-25-2018, 07:05 PM   #8
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We use the DEF jugs, too. No weight when traveling.
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Old 11-25-2018, 08:02 PM   #9
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back to plastic pails. but use dirt in them.
a better rope hold than the handel.
almost no weight in transit. dirt from camp area, return after use.
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Old 11-26-2018, 06:19 AM   #10
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Five gallon buckets here with covers and use water for the weight and they store better when traveling and you can use them for small tables for the dw's decorations while parked or if you need a wash pail on a no wind day.
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Old 11-27-2018, 01:30 PM   #11
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I use those large nail looking spikes found in the nail and bolt section at H/Depot. Pound them in at an angle.
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Old 11-27-2018, 06:30 PM   #12
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I use those large nail looking spikes found in the nail and bolt section at H/Depot. Pound them in at an angle.
Fine if you are on grass, dirt or gravel but not asphalt or concrete pads.
Just sayin'
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Old 11-28-2018, 09:30 AM   #13
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Your right, where we stay the pad is serounded by gravel. In all the places we have stayed I don't recall any areas I coulden't avoid the blacktop or cement, but there must be some.
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