Originally Posted by DutchStar38
My awning fabric attaches to an aluminum cover that encircles the canvas against the coach when retracted. Has anyone had one of these blow open?
Yes. Ours also has the aluminum cover. The awning doesn't actually blow open. I used to think it did, but after we tied the arms, and then put a locking pin in the awning, that wind gust reached up and simply yanked a foot or so of the canvas out of the roll and left it flapping against the side of the coach. We had a dickens of a time to get the awning roll unlocked. It was jammed on the locking pin, and the awning roll lock lever was jammed in the closed position, and the awning was tightly closed against the wall of the coach. Once it was unlocked, we had a struggle to get the awning opened up to be able to get the canvas back because the wind had actually reverse pulled the canvas out.
Now, I know that I could be wrong here. I've been wrong about much more important things. I believe that when the awning is closed, that canvas material isn't wound all that tightly in the roll. I believe that although the awning locking pin prevented the awning roll from turning, the wind was able to pull the awning roll out from the coach wall and yank the canvas material away from the roll.
So, based on our experience, we put the awning clamps on. I wasn't nuts about drilling holes into the side of the coach, but it was either solve the problem or take the awnings off.
Jim & Kate
2016 Creekside 23RKS, 2014 Ram 1500 Eco Diesel
1995 Monaco Dynasty 36', 2005 Honda Pilot