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Old 09-22-2011, 02:13 PM   #1
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Tying down your awning

We got our new TT last weekend and during the pdi, we were told not to "tie" down our awning for windy conditions. They said that it could cause separation on the TT side. So....... Do you tie yours down or not. I have always been really careful with my previous TT's and have tied them down, but in really windy conditions I would roll it up anyway. What do you folks do?

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Old 09-22-2011, 02:50 PM   #2
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I bring in the main awnings when windy even though they have wind sensors... Don't chance it

Slide awnings are different story. I even bring in the slides when the winds are 50 plus mph.

Don't forget any roof mounted satellite dish. They are good for 40 mph, but over that and you risk roof damage.

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Old 09-22-2011, 07:01 PM   #3
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I've seen awnings strapped-down many times, some with a large nylon strap across the awning in addition to tie-downs at each end. A cousin does something different. His trick? He never ties it to the ground, instead he carries some 5 gallon pails, hangs them from the awning roller supports, fills them with sand. He said he has never lost an awning in nearly 20 years, and has camped in every state of the union, except Hawaii. He said he has never stowed the awning because of wind, or lost one.
Me? I stow the awning each night before retiring, at a hint of strong wind, or when we leave for the day. I don't like the trailer rocking when wind catches the awning, especially while sleeping (I'm an old ground soldier).
I've also seen several awnings blown away in wind ($$$$).
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:16 PM   #4
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Well, we're new to this (1 year) but the friends who got us in to it now always tie down their frame. They lost one that wasn't tied down late last year (luckily paid for by insurance). The wind took the whole frame up over the roof. We had to replace our canopy early on when the wind caused a separation (rip) where the canopy is held into the grove on the top edge of the trailer. Since then, I purchased TWO pairs of "De-Flappers" that I use to secure the left and right edges of the canopy to the frame (two on each side), and I use nylon straps on each front corner to secure the frame to corkscrew anchors in the ground. Also, I was taught to keep one side of the canopy lower than the other so rain water won't collect in the sag and cause a collapse.

I'm guessing you're going to get a lot of different opinions on this issue.
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