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Old 12-12-2019, 03:20 PM   #1
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Awnings

Hi all, I am using the awning tie downs that attach to the corkscrew stakes and I am wondering how high of wind and wind gusts will they withstand. My wife gets nervous when the awning is out and the winds start blowing, even if they are mild. I have been erring on the side of caution, and also because I don't want to hear "I told you so" if we loose the awning to the wind.

On a side note... I have seen DW and DH referenced in posts, I don't want to seem dumb but what do they mean?

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Old 12-12-2019, 03:29 PM   #2
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DW=Dear Wife DH=Dear Husband I don't take any chances and if the winds are going to gust over 25mph I take them in. You never know if the weather folks are completely right or if the direction of the wind can pack a lot more air under them than on other days.
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Old 12-12-2019, 04:58 PM   #3
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When it’s windy I get my awning up especially the electric one on my High Country.
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Old 12-13-2019, 07:01 AM   #4
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We have been traveling in the West (Tx, NM, CO, AZ, and Ut) for the past 6 years, I am very cautious about the awning being extended. Unless I just forget, I have to be at the RV when it is extended. In Santa Fe, the RV park we use--Santa Fe Skies-advises RVers to close their awnings if they leave for a trip outside the park. Being on a hill, the wind does blow from virtually every direction. But at our favorite CO campground-Blue Spruce near Lake Vallecito--I will leave our awning out much more but still roll it closed it we are leaving the park. My awning is electric.
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Old 12-13-2019, 07:52 AM   #5
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common sense. and I learned to listen to the wife...life is easier that way.


and yes, i lost an awning when I said 'don't worry about it.'
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Old 12-14-2019, 10:11 PM   #6
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awning problem

At the Goshen rally one of the awning manufacturers said not!! to use tie downs as they created a lot of pull on the fasteners used to connect the awning to the side of the trailer and could lead to failure at that point.
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Old 12-14-2019, 10:37 PM   #7
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I never leave the rig with the awnings out - they can be rolled up in less than 60 seconds. They also come in if the winds are above 10-15 knots.
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Old 12-15-2019, 06:41 AM   #8
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Thanks for all the answers. I agree itís better to err on the side of caution.
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Old 12-18-2019, 04:15 PM   #9
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Error on the side of caution

After a mishap with our last rig I choose to error on the side of caution. We didn't loose the awning but twisted it a little and it was a reminder every time we put the out or in. The Montana slides seem a lot sturdier but still pull them in when we leave, go to bed, or anything over a soft breeze.
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Old 12-19-2019, 07:25 AM   #10
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We got hit by a dust devil in New Mexico with our awning out. We were lucky that it only twisted both arms and didn’t hurt the canvas or tube. Still cost a lot to repair and was quite a chore to move the rv until we could get it fixed since we were on a long term trip.
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Old 12-21-2019, 06:16 PM   #11
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Awening

No worth the risk, if the awning material survives the high wind you are still putting your mounts under stress that can result in costly repair or replacement. This lesson was learned by a fellow camper that secured in the same manor. Had to have all hardware replaced along with awning fabric. Weather reported sustained 25 mph winds with gust up to 35mph. No way to know exactly how strong the wind was there, just the results. Hope this helps you in your decision. Not a silly question, the silly one is the one you didnít ask. Happy camping
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