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Old 07-27-2017, 07:51 AM   #1
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Awning Anchor Straps - anyone ever try them

It would be nice not to put the awning up every night and not worry so much about alittle wind. I wonder if these really do the job.

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-42593-A.../dp/B001Y8NF90

Anyone have them or try them before?
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I have tied down my awning for years using a strap system like you showed. Only difference is I no longer ues the springs as my Dutch Star does not bob around when you enter or exit the coach. If a prediction is for high wind I still retract the awning as a precaution.
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I custom made a set for my electric Carefree Eclipse for use on the windy Maine coast. Worked fine, but you cannot expect miracles. If the wind gets too strong, a strap won't save it. Nor is a strap any help if rainwater pools in the awning.
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Im thinking about this because now is the perfect time to test it. I have a new awning in a box that came with the RV (the old owner left it for me). This awning is about on its last leg so i thought now would be a good test to see how it does and what wind it can handle. Ill keep the old one up as long as it lasts. Its in great shape other than where it mounts to the trailer is slowly coming apart.

Thanks for the replies its on the list.

PS when this one finally fails, ill cut it up and use the other roller end attachment side and use it for my slideout cover
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I use the ones that attach to the side rail to reduce flapping. Really helps. My awning survives pretty strong winds.
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We snowbird in southwest Florida. We have a manual awning, so it is a bit of a PITA to raise and lower. I have used de-flapper straps for years and one of them actually sacrificed itself when we were out shopping and an unexpected storm came up. I expected to come back and find the awning on the roof, but all that I found was a broken, dangling de-flapper strap. A neighbor suggested that I try the tie down straps a couple of years ago. What I noticed with the tie downs is that the awning bounces much less with moderate winds, and this is hopefully much easier on the mounting hardware. .. Just my 2 cents.
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I have a wind gauge in my weather station...with my set-up, the awning stays out till wind hits 35mph....these poles store right on awning for traveling....the ground anchors are called the 'claw'......used to secure small aircraft....
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When I was on a different forum where the pole thing developed from, I came up with the de-flapper poles.....I use 2 deflappers on each pole, to spread the load.....if, wind gets excessive, takes 2 minutes to put awning up....and I converted the switch to an RF control so I can be outside to watch and control the awning....this setup is for an electric type awning
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Im thinking about this because now is the perfect time to test it. I have a new awning in a box that came with the RV (the old owner left it for me). This awning is about on its last leg so i thought now would be a good test to see how it does and what wind it can handle. Ill keep the old one up as long as it lasts. Its in great shape other than where it mounts to the trailer is slowly coming apart.

Thanks for the replies its on the list.

PS when this one finally fails, ill cut it up and use the other roller end attachment side and use it for my slideout cover
Dave, the problem with playing chicken with the wind is that it may destroy your awning support arms, not just the fabric!

I use straps similar to your link, but I never had any luck in getting those anchors screwed into the ground! I found some heavy-duty plastic tent stakes at Home Depot that I use. This is the one: 10 in. Plastic Stake-4150 - The Home Depot
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Thanks HC i did not think about the arms themselves... good tip.

Ill have to pick up some of those tent stakes as well.
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Made these up to better get into and out of the ground. Then X rachet strap to the Barrel of the awning, not the arm. I never give in to the weather (just a pet peeve) once it is up,,it stays up.
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Now im wishing i had a welder again lol
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I made a set using a spiral stake designed to tether a dog and two cargo straps. I haven't been brave enough to try it out in a wind though. I've had two RVs without an awning, one I bought that way and one I "modified" by leaving the awning out when the 5th wheel was unoccupied so I'm a little gunshy.
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