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Old 09-21-2017, 07:38 PM   #1
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How do you secure your open awning?

We will be spending 4-5 months boondocking in the Arizona desert this winter near Quartzsite. Last year I noticed many people had anchored their awnings. I'm shopping now and would like to hear some suggestions for what I'll need and how to get it secure enough to withstand the desert winds.
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Old 09-21-2017, 09:15 PM   #2
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I spend 5 months, every winter, 45 miles north of Quartzsite on the Colorado river , outside of Parker.
Three de-flappers on each end , anti-billowing strap down the center and ratchet tie downs on the corners . 21' manual awning. No problems in 7 years..

BUT!!! I'm in an RV park where the wind usually only comes up/down the river , and I have other RVs on each side .
Stand alone boon docking anything can happen. ( read happen as GO WRONG )
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I had a welder friend bend some rods to hook over the ends of the awning roller and a loop on the end to hook a strap to. (This was so I didn't have to get on a ladder to hook up to my HIGH awning )

The ground anchors are the important part because if they come out you have a swinging whip to beat up your rv... I had 3 ground anchors for each end.

AND a couple of heavy duty bungies to allow SOME give to the tie downs...

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What type of metal are those rods? If steel, do you do anything to prevent rust?
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Old 09-22-2017, 11:41 AM   #5
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Always put awnings in when not at your camper better to be safe and not sorry. I see it all the time leave awning out wind picks up and time for a new one.
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Pete when I was in Quartzsite last winter more than half the rigs had their awnings staked to the ground and withstanding 30 mph winds. I've got plans for a mesh windbreak, but it will only be 8' high -- not tall enough to protect the awning.

I installed an awning travel lock years ago, but now I want to keep it safely open.

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If you have a manual awning, the methods identified by PPs will help. I don't think there is any way I could ever trust my electronic awning in any wind. The attachment angles just aren't as strong. I used to take the "legs" of my manual awning and attach them to the ground. That gave almost 90 degrees of support. My current awning is permanently attached to the side of the trailer and has maybe a 30 degree angle. It is not physically possible for it to be able to withstand the same forces as a 90 degree support. Sigh.
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My Class C has an electric awning but it does come down at an angle. Is there a way to give it some extra support? Maybe rope going over the roof and staked down from both sides? Or 2 tie downs from each corner at different angles. My 15' awning has fabric that is 14'4" wide x 8'. I just replaced the fabric last month with the help of some friends.

What do you suggest for anchoring? Tent stakes, dog tie outs that are pounded into the ground? We'll be parked on packed sand with a layer of gravel on top.
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I use 2 d-flappers on each end of my awning, if it looks like wind I tie each end down with 2 ropes and use 2 dog tie downs for each end. If it is going to get really bad I usually put the awning up..This works for me and has been for years and I have never lost an awning YET, I also always have one end lower that the other in case of rain.
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Is there a way to lower one end on an electric awning? I suppose a tighter rope might work, but rain in Quartzsite doesn't happen very often I hear.

I had to go see what deflappers are. Looks like a good idea, especially the Valterra Awning Buddies.
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I use these anchors along with 2-15 foot 1 inch ratchet straps in an "X" pattern. It never moves. A little tip is to assemble the strap on the barrel then walk it out till it is 95% of length, then put the stake in at the same angle as strap.

Tested with 50 mph gusts, 35 mph winds, taunt as a drum. Does help to have the rig jacks down too, to make that a hard point too.

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You guys have such fun toys! My drill is rather puny by comparison. Are the anchors sold in stores or DIY?
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You guys have such fun toys! My drill is rather puny by comparison. Are the anchors sold in stores or DIY?
They are sold in most,, good, hardware stores, with a loop on top like the eye bolt. I used to old school twist them into the ground by hand with a 2 foot piece of re bar, (the fire poker). Just this year I had the loop cut off and the joiner (same size as screw jack head) welded on. So one tool does both things, the rig screw jacks & the awning anchors.
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I think if I were to tie down my electric
awning I would first need to turn off the electronic wind sensor device. Supposedly it should automatically retract in high wind...havenít had an opportunity to see it actually work.
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