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Old 06-10-2014, 02:34 AM   #1
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Electric Awning

I got a new electric awning installed last winter. It is really neat as compared to the original manual awning. Question--I tied my manual awning to the ground for stability in moderate wind or rain. Should I do that with the electric? My basic plan is only leave it out when I am at the RV.
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:41 AM   #2
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It is a personal choice, but I will say that I do tie our electric awning down with double straps at each corner.

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Old 06-10-2014, 02:54 AM   #3
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We don't, my thoughts are that if it starts to bounce badly it's time to put it up. It's really a lot about personal preference.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:39 AM   #4
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We tie ours down as well just in case of any sudden gusts of wind that we are not prepared for.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:50 AM   #5
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I bring it in if it is rattling. I watched a guy's brand new rig's awning ripped off while at the beach - he had left it out while away from his rig. We always bring it in at night. If its raining, I occasionally leave it out about 3 feet just to give us a little protection by the door even if its windy.
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Old 06-10-2014, 03:57 AM   #6
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Electric awning great option. The switch is easy to push. We retract it when we leave the RV. IMO tying it down will only increase the time that you can get it up if you need to.
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:51 AM   #7
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Even a mild breeze can make my awning billow like a parachute. I use tie-downs on mine a lot of the time. With the tie-downs my awning will handle 10-15 mph gusts without a problem. It's seen a few stronger gusts (25 mph ?) also without problems. This is something you really sould try out for yourself. Best not to leave it unattended for more than just a few minutes just to be safe. I would'nt reccomend buying the cheap tie-down kits. They don't hold even slight tension well and loosen up quickly.
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:11 AM   #8
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Recently we did a show during which we had some wind. We decided to see if they worked as advertised during windy weather. We saw them bounce, stand up , flop around, none were damaged. I was amazed! I still think that heavy wind will damage them.
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Old 06-10-2014, 06:46 AM   #9
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I use a long bungee at the corners and that absorbs most of the small gusts. I just loop the hook end over the outboard corner and stake it to the ground. When we leave it takes about 10 seconds to unhook the bungee and retract the awning.
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:49 AM   #10
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Our patti-o-shade when secured with bungees holds the awning down.
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:54 PM   #11
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We use the 8'x16' shade attached to the awning slot, slanted out, about 6 short bungees staked to the ground. We can unhook bungees, pull the shade tarp out of the slot, and fold up in about 2 minutes if a storm comes up or we are leaving for the day.
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Old 06-11-2014, 04:47 PM   #12
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We tie our awning down while using the Sunshade that unzips at the top. We found this past winter in FL that with posts on each end the awning it could take 25 mph wind guts without issues. We have two paint roller brush aluminum extension handles and tie-down straps hooked to screw-in dog stakes to anchor each end. We typically keep informed about the weather and when we get concerned about wind or are going to be away we unzip and on clip the poles (modified paint bruch handles) and retract the awning in about 3 minutes. However, I have another story that will require another post about wind, windows, and awnings, stay tuned.
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