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Old 10-15-2020, 04:23 PM   #1
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Awning frame support structure

I'm thinking of making a couple of telescoping PVC supports for the awnings on our 3931FB. Something similar to this

Right now I use a bungie cord attached to the awning frame. It's fastened to a tie down strap staked to the ground. However I've noticed in high winds (10-15 MPH) the frame still flexes a little and the fabric really moves in the wind. I'm afraid of losing my awning and/or frame. I'd like to know what others do. Right now, if the wind starts up I break it down and retract them. Thanks
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Old 10-15-2020, 04:53 PM   #2
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When the wind blows I retract.
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Old 10-16-2020, 04:13 AM   #3
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Going to pass on this one.
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I always pull ours in when ANY winds kicks up. I have seen various tie down solutions, but remember, the awning attaches to the rig also. Ours was loose and had several stripped screws right from the factory. Any wind would have ripped it off the side of the rig regardless of tie downs on the extended end. Just last week, I watched an awning on a neighbor's rig almost get shredded. The wind was what I would consider light and the awning had straps with springs attached to 5 gallon water jugs, one on each end of the awning. A single gust of wind picked up both jugs of water about 3 feet off the ground. In the end, I guess it was ok, but that's a lot of money to replace just for a little shade. BTW, the neighbor was gone for the day. I told him about it the next morning.
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Old 10-16-2020, 04:05 PM   #5
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I'm thinking of making a couple of telescoping PVC supports for the awnings on our 3931FB. Something similar to this

Right now I use a bungie cord attached to the awning frame. It's fastened to a tie down strap staked to the ground. However I've noticed in high winds (10-15 MPH) the frame still flexes a little and the fabric really moves in the wind. I'm afraid of losing my awning and/or frame. I'd like to know what others do. Right now, if the wind starts up I break it down and retract them. Thanks
I quit watching when the guy said "What may happen is it might rip the awning off the trailer".

I have a shade cloth attached to my awning and tie it down with bungee cords. It's a 2 piece shade cloth and when the wind gets up or when we leave or when we go in for the night we take the shade cloth down and pull the awning in.
There's a reason we do this.

Before we got the 5th wheel we had a 35 ft windjammer. A guy on the forest river forum was selling awning tie down poles. I thought great idea, so instead of buying his I made my own. I took 2 adjustable limb supports and put pvc pipe in them to make them longer. Adjusted to where one side was lower for rain. Tied them down like the guy in the video with ratchet straps. I thought I was walkin in tall cotton. We were in florida and needed the awning out a lot.

I was going to post a pic but I'm working off my phone and it's taking too long. I will admit that the pipe I used wasn't as big as the pipe the guy in the video used.

Anyway it was all clear outside and I went in to heat something for dinner. 15 minutes later a huge storm came out of nowhere and I couldn't even get outside it was raining so hard. It broke one pole and I couldn't get my door open all the way.
I finally got outside and it had ripped the awning on the side against the trailer and at the roller.
I bought some awning tape and "fixed" both places and traded the windjammer in later.

Also there was a real nice motorhome across the road at the same place in Florida. They always left their awning out and tied down. Their awning got ripped complete off the motorhome and was flopped up on top of it.

I'll never leave my awning out unless I'm there and awake.
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Old 10-16-2020, 04:56 PM   #6
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We were in an RV park in Caldwell, ID years ago and had gone for the day. When we returned to the park, it was obvious that it had been windy while we were gone as there were quite a few rigs with awnings that were completely destroyed, and some had been rigged with hold downs and other devices to help support them, and none of the rigging made any difference. Ours was not out, and this was a good demonstration of why it's best to not have awnings out when it can get windy while away from the rig.
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Old 10-16-2020, 07:24 PM   #7
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Any time I leave my camper any distance I retract the awning or better still don’t put it out if it’s not needed.
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Old 10-17-2020, 09:29 AM   #8
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We have tie downs for ours, but seldom use them anymore since a real gust of wind came by and pulled half the fabric support out of the trailer. Put the support back with larger screws, but learned a lesson.
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Old 10-17-2020, 11:15 AM   #9
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Its so easy to roll them in and out via the electric switches. Tying them out is just asking for trouble.
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Old 10-17-2020, 11:39 AM   #10
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I would not trust our awnings (Dometic) in any kind of wind as they seem rather fragile. I especially despise the knob tilt function. Replacing both with a Colorado Travel'r is up there on my to do list. We had ours literally folded over the top of our class C when boondocking in Sedona. Everything gave and it popped right back out. Scared the sh!t out of us and we were more careful afterward but it handled it.

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I'm thinking of making a couple of telescoping PVC supports for the awnings on our 3931FB. Something similar to this

Right now I use a bungie cord attached to the awning frame. It's fastened to a tie down strap staked to the ground. However I've noticed in high winds (10-15 MPH) the frame still flexes a little and the fabric really moves in the wind. I'm afraid of losing my awning and/or frame. I'd like to know what others do. Right now, if the wind starts up I break it down and retract them. Thanks
I left my awning out in our first trailer then went somewhere. It didn't seem that windy, but when I got back it was garbage. NEVER leave an RV with an awning extended.
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I was in Key West for four weeks during the windy season. Lots of folks, including me, used awning downs, but most of us rolled the awnings up after 15mph. Above 20mph they can get real violent.
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