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Old 07-08-2014, 11:30 PM   #1
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Awning tie downs - Good or bad idea?

I have never used tie downs on our main awning and when windy, we usually retract the awning rather that worry about wind damage.

Lately I see lots of RV,s using tie downs straps at each end of the extended awning . Those who do this say it is a must and leave their awnings out for long periods. I am afraid that coach movement might damage the awning if it is tied down. What do you think? Do you use them and are they safe?
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:03 AM   #2
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I have tied down my awnings, on my last 2 ,5ers and current coach. ( all manual awnings ) I snowbird for up to 5 months in one spot, for the past 6 years.
3 De-flappers on each end , anti billowing strap down the center, sunscreen tied down from the awning tube , and ratchet tied downs at each end of the tube.
Would I go to this extent if I was just saying a weekend ; No.
It's nice to step outside with your morning coffee and not have chores to do.
Haven't damaged anything yet, and had 35 mph gusts for testing.
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:05 AM   #3
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I use them very often. Coach..or in my case 5th wheel movement is not an issue. I use the screw in anchors and ratchet tie down straps (with springs) around the shaft at both ends. I do how ever watch the weather religiously, and if the wind is suspected to be sustained over 10 mph or gusting above 15-20 mph i will take the awning down. Also depends on RV orientation compared to the wind direction. It does not take much air pressure to turn the awning into a huge sail! and it will rip smooth off of your RV. Better to err on caution.
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Old 07-09-2014, 12:21 AM   #4
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I have a 20ft awning and while camping at Lake Alatoona in north Ga on a very calm evening, my wife and I took a walk for maybe 20 mins. When we returned, awning was on top of MH, broke 2 rafters, snapped 2 restraining straps. Freak? Probably, but, $395 later, I tend to be more cautious now.
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Old 07-09-2014, 06:46 AM   #5
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With the manual awnings tying it down with springs in the system is not a problem but you still have to retract it in high winds. The electric awnings are not made to be tied down and some of the newer manual awnings are not strong enough to be tied down.
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:24 AM   #6
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That awning is an awfully big sail.
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Old 07-09-2014, 08:33 AM   #7
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I agree with everyone else and do not tie down my awning even if I am there for a month or two. Besides it gives me something to do.

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Well I just did a test of my tie downs and deflappers. We're in Maine and went through some really strong winds from Arthur. I wanted to see how it would hold up. I was ready to go out and put the awning up if it looked like I was going to lose it. I had no problem at all. Would I do it again? Probably not, but it's nice to know that if a pop up thunderstorm comes through it'll stand up to it.
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Well I just did a test of my tie downs and deflappers. We're in Maine and went through some really strong winds from Arthur. I wanted to see how it would hold up. I was ready to go out and put the awning up if it looked like I was going to lose it. I had no problem at all. Would I do it again? Probably not, but it's nice to know that if a pop up thunderstorm comes through it'll stand up to it.
Where in Maine are you ? We are leaving FL for Trenton,ME tomorrow
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I get a kick out of folks who tie down their awnings with all manner of straps, heavy chain, etc. Tying down does nothing to increase the strength of the fabric and neither will anything else. Who cares if the frame stays in place when the inevitable wind takes the awning away?
My awning is in every night, and often I only deploy it when the sun shines inside the coach. I find its more pleasant to put the awning up when dressed rather than waiting until it starts raining in the middle of the night and the wind comes up making the awning flap and sleep impossible for me, anyway. But then many folks tie down their awnings and never put them 'in' until they leave and seem to have no problems. I would rather not spend my time with insurance types arguing whether or not wind is an 'act of God'. Also, as seldom as I put ours out, I don't have to clean it as I am doing right now with our window awnings. And they are lots smaller. If you need the room, leave it out and keep some cash ready just in case.
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Tie downs or not heavy rain can still take them down I saw 3 taken down right around me at myrtle each in June. My thoughts are if I need to tie it down it needs to be put up.
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I sometimes tie our electric awning down because im not going to pull it in every time I walk away from the coach. A good gust of wind will most likely break the hardware before the fabric.
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Old 07-09-2014, 11:05 PM   #13
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Sounds like we are split on the issue
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We are currently in Trenton, ME, as well (Narrows Too Resort). My 18 foot Carefree Electric is tied down with bungy straps but I brought the awning in for Arthur - and would for any other substantial winds. Just the usual onshore winds here means giving the awning a bit of extra help so that it isn't flexing/bouncing all the time. I designed a tie-down method that I can quickly disconnect without using a ladder, so that I can retract quickly when (not if) the winds get extra feisty.

If you have the awning type that has support arms at 45 degrees or so and its not super large, they can usually be strapped down pretty tight and be safe up to maybe 30-40 mph winds. However, at some point the winds will overwhelm the arms and away it goes. The bigger the awning the more likley that is.
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