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Old 03-24-2013, 06:21 PM   #1
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Do you tie down your slide awning

I have never attempted to tie down or secure my slide awning while it was out. The main awing I have either brought the awning in or secured it with rope and stakes. I observed a camper that had secured their slide awning by running a strap over the awning front to back and secured the ends on the slide rails. I would be concerned about stretching the fabric.
I just recently replaced my awing and it is good and tight. Any thoughts experiences on this please.

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Old 03-24-2013, 06:47 PM   #2
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On our first trip with our "new to us" Discovery I pulled the main awning out (manual awning) and locked down the braces. It felt pretty strong, but decided to tie ropes on each end and staked it down. A few days later we got a stiff wind and it lifted and fell like a trampoline, but it held solid with it being staked down. Our problem was the noise it made in the wind. And, not only the main awning, but all the awnings on all the windows. From that time forward I just bring all the awnings in and only bring them out if it's nice out. They are just too expensive for us to brave the wind out.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:51 PM   #3
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If the wind is such that I would feel the need to tie them down I would bring them in. Often I bring them in later in the day as many places the winds increase at night and I don't want to be out there in the wee hours doing it.
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Old 03-24-2013, 07:53 PM   #4
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I tied mine down a few weeks ago. The slide awnings make a lot of noise at times. My manual actually recommends putting the sides in. Sure we will!

After going on to the top of the roof to drops some light line over the canvass it occurred to me I have an extension paint pole that will do the trick next time. No damage at all to the canvass and the noise was stopped. I will do it again for sure.
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OP, for clarification, are you asking about a window awning on your slide - or slide toppers?
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Old 03-25-2013, 10:16 AM   #6
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I tip I learned, twist your awning straps so the don't 'whistle' in the wind, just a couple of turns will keep the wind from whipping them and causing all that noise.

For tie downs on my awning, I used these:

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I've seen enough damaged awnings, including thise that are tied down.

Mine are out when I need them, in at night and when away.
No headaches for this ol boy
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My main awning auto retracts as advertised. I do bring the awning in when wind is forecasted. I've never tied an awning down (disabling the auto retract feature).
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My main awning auto retracts as advertised. I do bring the awning in when wind is forecasted. I've never tied an awning down (disabling the auto retract feature).
I advise caution, sir.
The auto-retracts have failed on occasion.
Guy next to me "had" such an awning. Damage to roof and such too.
Just sayin....
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I agree with CampDaven, after over 300 nights of camping, I've
seen enough and experienced enough problems, that mine is in
unless I am home, and using the awning. I might leave it out
a foot or two in case it is raining, but that's all. Stuff happens,
and it can be very expensive.
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Through the summer we leave our coach at a seasonal site, always with the slides in and awning in, when we are not home. A neighbour with large street side slide left his open. Fickle weather and strong winds ripped the slide awning off and threw the long roller up onto the roof bending the roller. After big bucks he replaced the slide topper, but didn't learn the lesson of bringing in the slide, and lost the second one as well. If storms hit they usually have strong winds in the storm front so we roll in the slides on the windward side until things settle down. We have used a strap as well.
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De-flappers may help with the noise.
Search - deflappers - Camping World
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