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Old 04-04-2014, 02:54 PM   #29
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Perhaps my original post was misunderstood. I do have the 3 position wind sensor..low, med, high and it works as designed. However, as FireUp noted, IMO if you disable the wind sensor it won't take much of a wind gust to damage the rather flimsy awning hardware. So, my point was, and continues to be, that these auto awnings are generally only designed to be used in calm winds. Even with that, they provide little rain protection.

I am at Myrtle Beach now and have toured the entire RV park (nearly 700 sites) on my bike today. It is rather windy....15 - 20 mph winds. Folks with the manual awnings have them deployed, tied down with straps and enjoy the shade. I have seen only a few (maybe 3) RV's with their automatic awnings (of any brand) deployed, and those were in the sites most distant from the beach and they were flapping and shaking more than I would like.

I saw none of the many higher end rigs here with their auto awnings out. So, it seems a shame to have coaches that sell for prices well north of $300K with awnings we realistically cannot use at a beach.
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Perhaps my original post was misunderstood. I do have the 3 position wind sensor..low, med, high and it works as designed. However, as FireUp noted, IMO if you disable the wind sensor it won't take much of a wind gust to damage the rather flimsy awning hardware. So, my point was, and continues to be, that these auto awnings are generally only designed to be used in calm winds. Even with that, they provide little rain protection.

I am at Myrtle Beach now and have toured the entire RV park (nearly 700 sites) on my bike today. It is rather windy....15 - 20 mph winds. Folks with the manual awnings have them deployed, tied down with straps and enjoy the shade. I have seen only a few (maybe 3) RV's with their automatic awnings (of any brand) deployed, and those were in the sites most distant from the beach and they were flapping and shaking more than I would like.

I saw none of the many higher end rigs here with their auto awnings out. So, it seems a shame to have coaches that sell for prices well north of $300K with awnings we realistically cannot use at a beach.
You are absolutely correct I go to myrtle beach at ocean lakes and stay on the first ocean front site every time 3 times a year and I would never ever leave my awning out unattended or at night.
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We were camping near the east side of Lake Michigan last Summer. One night there was quite a storm. Our powered awnings, main and over the door, automatically came in. They were set for 25 mph winds. In the morning, walking around the campground and we saw about a half dozen of blown out awnings. One was almost torn off the side of a nice 5th wheel, tie downs and all.
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