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Old 07-21-2014, 10:17 AM   #1
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Lucky break

On our second outing we were camped with awning out and took a sudden extreme wind gust. The awning arms failed and up over the top went the whole awning! No tears to fabric but one slide bracket and both top brackets broke. After securing the awning I found that it took out the bathroom opening skylight, the outer part of a fixed skylight and my small solar panel. I walked the roof and did not see any roof surface damage.
Yesterday I was completing the last of the repairs. Replacing awning brackets was pretty straight forward as was the skylights and solar but doing so meant most of the time crawling on my knees. (Damn they are not as young and flexible as they used to be!) As I was checking the seals on a vent I saw a dime size blemish on the roof. Upon closer inspection I found a indented crush hole, probably from the awning incident. It was an easy repair but I would not have noticed it without getting up close. Needless to say I crawled end to end looking for other damage. Lesson learned; get down, clean, touch and look. We live in wet climate and this woulda/could of been serious if not dealt with.

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Old 07-21-2014, 11:30 AM   #2
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Bless your heart! Sounds like your getting it all taken care of... I had my awning come out, on an old Holiday Rambler I had ('86), as I was going south over the Macinaw Bridge from upper Penisula of Michigan, in November in early '90's during hunting season. Phew! What a fiasco that was... LOL. Had to use lag screws to hold brackets on side of motorhome, til I got back to Florida.... Knee pads may help next time your on the roof?

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Old 07-21-2014, 11:35 AM   #3
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I too had a little incident that when I examined the area carefully found a cracked piece of fiberglass that could have let water intrude the exterior wall. I too am an advocate to checking any area that could possibly be damaged.
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