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Old 01-05-2011, 02:17 PM   #1
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Awning unfurling ?

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I've read quite a few threads recently regarding awnings coming unlocked and unfurling while driving in windy conditions !
Wondering if this is only a problem with the larger curbside awnings, or if anyone has had, or heard of this happening with the smaller window awnings .

Cheers... Ben.
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I once owned a 1994 33' Airstream Landyacht Motorhome with awnings on all windows. These were manual rollups and once up were enclosed in an aluminum cover. We were heading across OK one day and the awning over the windows behind the sofa (driver side) flew open and scared the heck out of us. Luckily no damage, stopped and it went back up.
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Old 01-05-2011, 07:01 PM   #3
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It can happen with any awning if the wind catches it right.

One of our sponsors, RVupgrades, sells a clamp to keep it from unfurling. I've seen these on many RV's parked at campgrounds, so they must work.

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Old 01-05-2011, 09:29 PM   #4
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Do you use these yourself Lori
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I did on a previous RV. Now our coach has a metal cover that automatically wraps around the awning once rolled up & I haven't ever had an issue.

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Yeah, I think all of my awnings have those metal covers, other than the slide topper.

Aparently they make no difference. The wind is'nt choosey !
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Good day!
I've read quite a few threads recently regarding awnings coming unlocked and unfurling while driving in windy conditions !
Wondering if this is only a problem with the larger curbside awnings, or if anyone has had, or heard of this happening with the smaller window awnings .

Cheers... Ben.
Our slide toppers will try to unfurl while driving if the wind hits them just right. Fortunately, there is an arm on the end of the awning that hits a stop on the side of the motorhome that prevents the topper from unfurling more than about half a turn when the slide is in. The arm clears the stop as soon as the slide is out a little way, so the topper will deploy as the slide goes out.
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Ben:

I hope to shout they will! Drive into a gusty strong quartering headwind at 65 or so and they'll half scare you to death. Been there, done that, got the t-shirt. After having the problem, I searched this forum and looked at the various solutions and tried this one: A&E Awning Lock . It was and is a great solution at a very reasonable cost. I now have 5 of these made up and never go anywhere without them.
By the way, all my awnings have the metal cover mentioned in other posts. I can tell you from experiece that the wind does not care if you have those or not. Good luck, buddy.

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When I got my Jayco the awning arm have to velcro straps wrapped around the arms to prevent the arms from opening up. The spool appears to keep tension rather well...
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I installed the awning clamp in the link that Lori posted and I can tell you it works. We drove from Mitchell to Rapid City, SD in 2008 with the strongest cross wind I've ever had to deal with. The wind blew from the curb side of the rig so hard it would push my living room slide out 3 -4 inches at the top at times. My big awning stayed put.
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Securing the awning rods WILL NOT prevent them from unfurling, nor will metal covers. The rolled up awning needs to be secured so wind that does get inside it will not cause the fabric to unroll even with the poles/rods secured by velcro, pins or other means.
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