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Old 06-14-2015, 05:03 PM   #15
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I would be so grateful if that was my awning and someone was kind enough to bring it in for me if I were away!! I would do it for someone else as well!
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It appears that people that retract their awnings when they are leaving for the day, are thinking ahead. They may also shut their water supply off.
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Old 06-14-2015, 06:58 PM   #17
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had a new to rving couple next to use a few months ago, storm rolled in as they were gone. there awning was a manual unit, I watched it for a few while then took some rope and pulled the table under and tied it down to the table. they thanked me when they returned. I would do it agin
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:29 PM   #18
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I think I'd run the risk of upsetting someone and put the awning away for them. Maybe even try and slide some of the items under the RV that might get damaged being directly in the rain.
I know I'd sure appreciate someone doing that for me if I were away during an impending storm.
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Me too! Many RV insurance policies do not cover awnings, saving someone $700-1,200 should not upset anyone.
I don't use my awning for storage covering, so when I am not present or sleeping the awning is stowed.
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Old 06-15-2015, 10:57 AM   #19
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We are camped at a state park where thunderstorms have rolled through sporadically the past few days. The ranger came through and warned us about an especially strong one approaching with high winds. He was advising people to bring in their awnings. A few sites down is an rv with the awning out and the owner gone. There are items stored under the awning.

Question: Would you perform a "good deed" and secure the awning at the risk of the owner being upset about his items getting soaked? Or do nothing? Or something else?
What did you do? I agree with most I would make the effort to put it up and place things under cover or use a tarp to cover things.
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I've done it several times. Every once in awhile I even wash the windshield of a neighbor that is too old to do it himself. It's just good karma!
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Old 06-15-2015, 11:24 PM   #21
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Their stuff be going to get wet anyways, so I would put the awning away.
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I think I'd try and help as well as long as I was sure I wouldn't damage things by helping. But as was mentioned previously, I'd probably try to wait for the last moment in the hopes they'd return.

On our first long trip in the ACE, we were staying at a campground in the Outer Banks, backed to the sound. A storm kicked in during the night and the noise of the awning (out at the time) woke my wife and I up. It has an electric awning operated from inside by the door and I jumped up and put the awning in - luckily without damage. We always put the awning in when we headed in for the night after that.

Our Meridian also has an electric awning but it also has a wind sensor that will automatically retract it when it senses too high a wind. I am not sure if I want to test that feature or not , but I definitely don't want to test it while I'm away!
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We are camped at a state park where thunderstorms have rolled through sporadically the past few days. The ranger came through and warned us about an especially strong one approaching with high winds. He was advising people to bring in their awnings. A few sites down is an rv with the awning out and the owner gone. There are items stored under the awning.

Question: Would you perform a "good deed" and secure the awning at the risk of the owner being upset about his items getting soaked? Or do nothing? Or something else?

I would try to get his items under cover and secure the awning!
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Old 06-16-2015, 08:41 PM   #24
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At the marina where my sailboat is docked everyone looks out for their neighbors boats. I would think the same applies to our neighbors "land yachts".
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I'd notify the park rangers, and let them handle it. They should have the number of whomever is there.
A State or National Park ranger will not do anything about it. They will not touch private property.

They may keep an eye on it and then cite the owner if it flies off and "litters" the campsite.
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I'm curious if there is a way to retract an electric awning, (without disassembling it).

The way to secure an electric awning may be to tie it down. But, then some have an automatic retract feature that would be damaged if it was tied down.
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I'd mind my own business, no telling how someone will react. And you might inadvertently damage something. Besides, going off with the awning out is foolish, some people just have to learn the hard way.
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We are camped at a state park where thunderstorms have rolled through sporadically the past few days. The ranger came through and warned us about an especially strong one approaching with high winds. He was advising people to bring in their awnings. A few sites down is an rv with the awning out and the owner gone. There are items stored under the awning.
Question: Would you perform a "good deed" and secure the awning at the risk of the owner being upset about his items getting soaked? Or do nothing? Or something else?
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IMO anyone who "leaves an awning out" deserves what they get.
However, I would if I could, (and I have), rolled up awnings left out by folks with no common sense.
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