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Old 06-13-2022, 01:41 PM   #1
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Will someone please tell me what is maximum mph of wind awnings can withstand? Currently, the wind here is about 22-25 with gusts up to 35. I have them locked and they still raise up off/on. Any help would be appreciated.
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Old 06-13-2022, 01:48 PM   #2
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If mine raises up, its time to bring it in
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Old 06-13-2022, 02:10 PM   #3
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Old 06-13-2022, 03:46 PM   #4
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Mine are tied down during Winter in Florida, but with those winds I would be bringing mine in just to be safe.
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Old 06-13-2022, 04:24 PM   #5
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I don't think there is an answer, it all depends on the way the wind is blowing. Sometimes a very mild wind puff it up and other times an apparent very strong wind has no affect at all. It all depends on the direction and if the wind is blowing upward or downward.

I have found that lowering one arm into the direction of the wind and leaving the other arm all the way up, helps. But it has it's limits too.

If the awning starts puffing up, it gets retracted.
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Old 06-14-2022, 01:03 PM   #6
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The thing to remember is that even if the mechanism isn't damaged, the awning fabric is suffering wear and replacing them isnt cheap.
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I have found 20+ mph will break a flag pole and be lifting our awnings. So, we put ours in about that speed. That also depends on orientation of the RV to the wind direction.
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Old 06-22-2022, 03:09 PM   #8
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Itís good to be cautious. Last year at Glacier on a relatively calm day a gust come up, popped up my awning like a parachute and pulled 1/4 out from the top. Had to climb up in 90 degree heat and inserts some new sheet metal screws and then silicone. We are now very cautious.
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Will someone please tell me what is maximum mph of wind awnings can withstand? Currently, the wind here is about 22-25 with gusts up to 35. I have them locked and they still raise up off/on. Any help would be appreciated.
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If an awning is flapping even the slightest it needs to be reeled in.
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Old 06-22-2022, 03:58 PM   #10
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If mine raises up, its time to bring it in
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Old 06-22-2022, 04:19 PM   #11
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Wind direction is a factor, but I generally pull mine in at 17mph.
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Old 06-22-2022, 07:55 PM   #12
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If there are gusts raising it up, it comes in
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Old 06-22-2022, 11:59 PM   #13
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I have read and researched awnings and wind. Everything I've read and been told is.....if the wind is about 15 and steady, bring it in!
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Old 06-23-2022, 09:30 AM   #14
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For those who make a habit of leaving an awning out (especially unattended) on a windy day, there are two categories of failures....those who have had a failure and those who will have a failure. OK that may be an over simplification and I concede there may actually be places where a breeze is free of sudden gusts, but the risk of leaving the awning out without considering wind forecasts, may not be a good habit. If I see dark storm clouds forming, the awning definitely is coming in. Like others have posted here, I can't put my thumb on a solid number of when to retract. And then there is this: we stayed in Wyoming the summers of 2017 and 2018. I have never seen such an area of unpredictable winds.....fierce winds at times. Other good points made by others were the fabric wear from a flapping canopy, wind direction, and whats the reward for taking a risk. All good points.
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