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Old 04-24-2016, 08:33 PM   #1
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Awnings, wind and storms

I'm so paranoid about my awning getting damaged. In my old travel trailer I had left it open overnight and it had rained. The awning filled with water and collapsed when I tried to drain it (very minimal damage). When we were at topsail last year there was a pop up storm and it destroyed the awning of the fellow in the next site. Yet I see people leaving their awnings up all the time.

The awning on my full wall slide is huge. I never leave it open at night even though I'd like to keep it open to keep the chairs and bikes dry at night. What do y'all do?

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Old 04-24-2016, 08:45 PM   #2
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I know what u mean. I left mine out heard rumbling of thunder behind the mountain and thought, Im in Ca nothing will happen........Freak hail storm and awning was gone. I usually keep check on the weather and if storms or high wind is forecast I will roll it up. Others in the park leave theirs out all the time with no damage, but Im on a spot higher than them so mine catches the wind. Only time I can leave it out most of the time is during the summer.....

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Old 04-24-2016, 08:47 PM   #3
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We had a manual A&E awning on our Class C, it was pretty much bullet proof. We could leave it out and not worry.

Our current coach has a Colorado One Touch, which is a piece of crap. It was not in production long, my theory is that is was so bad that they pulled it from production. Can't even get parts anymore.

Right after we got the coach we were on a trip, parked at the fair grounds in Perry GA. I was in the coach, the awning was out and out of the blue a gust of wind made the awning bellow and bent the rear arm. I could not get the awning to retract in, had to go to the hardware store, buy a ladder, large C-clamps, and a heavy piece of metal. Spent a day straightening the arm so at least we could get it home. Then spent another couple of days working on it to get it to work freely.

We don't leave our awning out at night, when we are gone, if it is the least bit windy, if it is forecast to be windy. Essentially we don't use it much.
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Old 04-24-2016, 08:54 PM   #4
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I never leave my awnings out at night anymore. If you are a sound sleeper and you have a fan or A?C running you will never hear the storm that takes your awning off, until you hear the bang. Ask me how I know this.
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Ive never had an electric awning, but I've always left my manual awnings out. I tip them so the rain don't pond and anchor the corners with heavy straps. Never had an issue. If the wind isn't blowing, I love sitting out under the awning and watching it rain. I do worry about other campers who leave their awnings out without anchoring them down.
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Very seldom do we leave the awning out at night. If I suspect that there is a chance of wind, I will roll it in.

I saw in Las Vegas once a real nice coach with an automatic rewind of the awning if the wind got too strong. Well! a gust of wind hit and it bent the arms on that electric powered awning. I believe the coach was a Beaver Thunder or something like that.

Wind has a lot of power. I almost had mine ripped up, luckily I was in the coach and I ran out and rolled it in, but it was not easy. It took both me and my wife some luck to roll it in. It almost lifted my wife up when she was holding it down while I done the unhooking and all it takes to roll it in. We were lucky.
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Awning goes in at night & whenever we leave the campground.

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I have a manual awning, even if its the hottest week of the year and there is no rain in site, I still have one side lower so water will drain off it just incase it rains.
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We were in Fresno at a friends house in 2014, had the awning out and realized it was raining hard. The Dutch Star was so quiet that we couldn't hear the rain. By the time I got out there is was too full of water to lift, just then the main roller broke in half. The arms scratched the MH sidewall. Cut the awning off and left the broken/bent pieces there. Cost was over $4,000 for a new awning and paint repair.
With the Girard style awnings we now have they retract if the wind blows and are supposed to collapse to let the water drain but we haven't tested that yet!
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We've had two awning blown off. Second one was a tornado that came by the RV park in Branson. MI and , due to high winds, I couldn't close it before it blew off. Scary stuff...thought we were going with it.

Now it's never out at night and if we leave the RV park we retract it.
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Always in at night or if we are away.

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