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Old 08-07-2014, 06:39 PM   #15
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I use wire ties and velco straps on the awning arms.

My A&E awning has a metal covering on the fabric. Will the wind still cause the fabric to balloon?
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I use wire ties and velco straps on the awning arms.

My A&E awning has a metal covering on the fabric. Will the wind still cause the fabric to balloon?

Yes it will. I've had two do that.
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Old 08-07-2014, 07:33 PM   #17
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I have a habit of putting a bungee cord around the arms as high up as I can reach.
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Old 08-07-2014, 10:48 PM   #18
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Previous owner poked holes through the awning in three places next to the fixing track and threaded short lengths of rope through so the actual awning roll can be tied up near each end and in the middle. The awning has the aluminium cover section, but neither that nor strapping the arms up will prevent blowout. The rope ties certainly will.

Of course I have to get on the roof or use a ladder to tie them but we use the awning so rarely that it isn't a big deal.
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Since you have a 2013 with a Dometic electric awning, have you checked to see if it was one that had the defective motor that can deploy unexpectedly ?
The recall info is Recall for Dometic USA RV Power Awning Kits
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I have a habit of putting a bungee cord around the arms as high up as I can reach.
If you are saying that you bungee cord the arms to keep the arms close to the coach, that is not the issue. The arms can stay next to the coach and the awning still catch a gust of wind that unrolls the awning material. Hope this helps explain the issue.


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Old 08-08-2014, 08:15 PM   #21
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I secured my awning with a awning roller lock pin. Best purchase made and installation is simple.
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How easy is it to reach to unlock it?
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How easy is it to reach to unlock it?
Very easy to lock or unlock, standing on the ground, with your awning rod.
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For 11 years I fulltimed under the wrong assumption that when I secured my awning posts with straps, I was safe from awning damage while driving. When I realized how wrong I had been, I easily installed an awning lock. A great little device that gives me peace of mind.

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Agree on securing the roll itself (earlier C I owned had the carefree with this risk). What I like about the awning on my current rig is that the entire thing rolls up into a sealed housing and unfurling is impossible.

The catch? They only come in up to 16.5 foot lengths.

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I have been using wide velcro straps since day one.. cheap and effective.. From what I have heard about LaMesa you won't get much help from them. Reason we did not buy from them.. Sales staff is super but service is not.

Well, I think that may be location specific. Just like Camping World service quality is location specific. In Albuquerque, NM, I'd by far rather go to La Mesa for service versus Camping World. La Mesa far surpassed Camping World in service quality hands down for me.

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Yes, had the same issue one very windy day. Luckily only minor damage. I use a small cargo tie down strap for each arm.

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How About the Topper for the slide out?

I've seen lots of solutions for awnings, but what about an A&E Topper on an Itasca slide out? Just got back from Canada where the perfect wind storm unrolled the topper then it rolled itself back with a boom...After figuring out what was happening, we stopped at an RV Store and was told by the tech "Welcome to Canada" Does anyone have an easy fix?
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Since reading about these mis-haps I have started using wire ties 2 per arm. Cheap fix.
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Could it all depend on the brand? I have tried a few times to un-roll the awing with out pulling the lever and I can't get the roll to un-roll???
I must be missing something here...
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