Originally Posted by az bound
I'll add my opinion. Anyone that ties down an awning is just asking for trouble.
We have had both manual and automatic over the years and one is not much safer to use than the other. A strong gust of wind can destroy both. Saw 6 of them destroyed in the same gust on the outer banks.
I have to believe that is why most insurers will not cover awning claims, or even offer to insure awnings for wind dammage.
How many have checked their policy for coverage due to wind dammage of awnings?
Those strong gust can come up without notice. You could be in the RV and not know it is coming. The odds of your awning being up or down when it comes is the same as getting struck by lighting.
It doesn't know you put it up and went to the store or it is down and you are inside.
Camping World will sale you a policy on any of your awnings. Patio, Windows or Slide.
They replaced a window one a Hurricane got. Even when it was rolled up.
And a 21' Patio one a quick gust got when I didn't have it tied down. Not sure if it was tied down would have helped. I was inside the MH when it happen and had no notice that it was coming.