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Old 07-13-2015, 11:09 PM   #1
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Do you pull your Awning in at night?

Do you leave your awning extended from the time you set up until you leave a site or do you pull it in every night? I know people who do both. I suppose the weather can come into play as can manual or electric, but what is your thought on this. Leave it or stowe it nightly?
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:13 PM   #2
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I do now that we have the two Carefree "Girard" look ones. One button push and both extend or come in.
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:19 PM   #3
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When parked at the S&B, I tie down each end of the awning with rope and that holds it from winds up to around 30 mph. If I hear about winds stronger than that (not very often), I'll roll up the awning, otherwise it's out 24x7.
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:22 PM   #4
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I watch the weather and try to have awareness of the area. Often winds are greater at night vs. daytime. If in doubt, roll it up.
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Old 07-13-2015, 11:24 PM   #5
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Ours is electric, so one push of the button it comes in or goes out, and no set up required. So we take ours in every time we leave the MH for any extended time, and at night.
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Mine is manual , but it goes in every night because I've had to get up in the middle of the night too many times. I don't put it away totally but let it roll in.
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Ours is electric, so one push of the button it comes in or goes out, and no set up required. So we take ours in every time we leave the MH for any extended time, and at night.
We do the same. Not long after we bought our coach, we left it out and came back later that day to find it laying over the roof. Did not damage anything but decided then to retract it when we aren't there.
At night I leave it extended just enough to cover the slide out in case it rains.
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Smart people put the awnings away at night. If a blow comes up it's usually the wind that hits first. Before you could retract to the wind it's probably already to late. Just not worth the chance. Many have had considerable damage done when they do come off and or down. Why take the chance? On the other hand ours is also electric so it's no big deal to do that every day and or night. If I had to do it manually I might change my mind. If it were manual I'd for sure tie it down with some springs as a safety cushion.

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I push the button every night...20 ft sail if the wind comes up in the middle of the night. By the wind wakes me up, it would be too late!
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After 50 years of RV'ing and never losing an awning we got caught in a heavy downpour in Fresno with the Dutch Star and it's A&E 9000 manual awning. Cost the insurance co over $4,400 to fix as the arms damaged the side and needed fixing and repainting. There were many others that lost awnings and tents to that particular storm!
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Old 07-14-2015, 12:26 AM   #11
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I love my Girrard Awning.

It has a wind sensor that automatically retracts the awning if wind hits 20 mph for more than a minute.
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Whenever staying for a length of time I tie mine down, and use de-flappers. I decided to test it once last year during the remnants of a hurricane. Not sure what the wind gusts were, but pretty strong. It held up, but I was sweating bullets. I wouldn't do it again, but it's nice to know how strong of a wind it'll stand.
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Ours has the wind sensor, so it automatically retracks, however we still roll up at night.

We stayed at Fort Davis, TX visitng McDonald Observatory. In the middle of the night a freak storm blew in, winds way over 50mph. Typical West Texas storm, hits then gone shortly thereafter. Got up in the morning, every single awning that was left out was mangled, twisted, and shreaded. Bet there was 50 rv's that got hit. Seeing this would cure you of ever leaving your awning out at night, tied down or not.

Roll it up, only takes a few seconds.
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I would never rely on a wind sensor. A strong damaging gust can come along long before that sensor has a chance to react. Simple to just push the little button and bring the awning in. I never go to sleep or leave the coach with the awning out. It's just not worth the chance. My awning runs the full length of the full wall slide, so it easily becomes a huge sail when the breeze picks up a little.
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