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Old 12-25-2005, 03:28 PM   #1
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We have purchased a lot at Outdoor Resorts-Pacific Shores in Newport, OR and are intending to stay the winter here. We like the storms, but are having problems with billowing awnings. When the winds are high we retract the slide, but even with it retracted the slide topper will billow, and sooner or later, it is going to tear. Mickey Mouse stop on the end broke off in the first wind. We also have individual awnings at each window and they are just spring loaded with no lock mechanism. They also billow in strong winds, and then slam against the motorhome when they retract. Makes for difficult sleeping. Haven't had a problem with the patio awning. Locks on it seem to do a fine job. Has anyone had the problem and thought of a solution short of going to AZ for the winter? I have thought of possibly mounting brackets above and below the awnings and using a strap to keep it from unrolling, but can't think of a way to install and remove the strap conveniently without the use of a ladder. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-25-2005, 03:28 PM   #2
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We have purchased a lot at Outdoor Resorts-Pacific Shores in Newport, OR and are intending to stay the winter here. We like the storms, but are having problems with billowing awnings. When the winds are high we retract the slide, but even with it retracted the slide topper will billow, and sooner or later, it is going to tear. Mickey Mouse stop on the end broke off in the first wind. We also have individual awnings at each window and they are just spring loaded with no lock mechanism. They also billow in strong winds, and then slam against the motorhome when they retract. Makes for difficult sleeping. Haven't had a problem with the patio awning. Locks on it seem to do a fine job. Has anyone had the problem and thought of a solution short of going to AZ for the winter? I have thought of possibly mounting brackets above and below the awnings and using a strap to keep it from unrolling, but can't think of a way to install and remove the strap conveniently without the use of a ladder. Any suggestions?
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Old 12-26-2005, 12:39 AM   #3
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Don 138, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. It sounds like you do not have the metal wrapper on the awnings. If you did this would help just in themselves tremendously, If you could get hold oof the Zip Dee brand latches they use to lock down their awnings I would & have installed them. You still may be able to just not as aesily. Good luck and let us know your fix on this matter.
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To; Don138

Hello and welome;

As a frequent visitor to the windy parts of camping I have learned the following and use when appropriate.

I have several awning tie-down straps that are staked into ground with the spring attached straps.

For the slide-out awnings; I have the Care-Free GUARDIAWNS, a 1 piece cover and awning that are hooked by straps to bottom of slide, in addition I use the above mentioned straps fastened to ground or where possible I tie straps to wheels,openings , if you have them. This way the awning moves with coach if real windy ,but they won't billow; sometimes I use 2 straps on each cover.

For the main awning. I use 1 strap wrapped around upper awning arms, run strap over top of awning fabric and secure ,if possible to wheels, front and rear, I also run a 2nd strap over entire awning, arms and all and again securing spring strapes to whheels when possible, takes a little time, but when calculating the cost of awnings and covers ,it's an inexpensive solution. I've had my straps for awhile but I know the cost was reasonable.

Hope this info helps and is useful to you...

Thanks ____AJBJRVERS Merry Christmas and Happy New year,camping
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Hi Don138,
Welcome to IRV2. We've spent the past two summers at Pacific Shores and I'm very familiar with the wind situation there. Regarding the use of brackets and straps, have you consider using your awning cane as an extension to your arm when trying to put the straps into the bracket above the awning?
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First of all,thank you all for the welcome.


Canuck: I did indeed consider using the awning cane. However; I didn't think it would provide the leverage as the strap will have to be relatively tight around the awning. I'm actually considering having the strap permanently attached at the top and just have it removeable on the bottom side of the awnings.
I'll get the cane out and see if it looks feasible.

ajbjrvers: I don't think I made myself clear. I need to secure the awnings when they are retracted. Winds gusts here frequently exceed 60mph and they actually hit 82mph Christmas eve. Strong enough to lift and billow spring loaded awnings even when retracted.

RV Wizard: All the awnings have metal wrappers with the exception of the slide topper. Where can I get info on the Zip Dee Latches? Will they fit A&E Systems window awnings?
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Contact a local RV dealer & inquire if they are also a Zip Dee dealer. THey can order the hook & latch the is mounted to side wall & metal wrapper of awning. They will fit any metal wrapped awning. Good luck and enjoy!
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Thanks. I'll go to a couple of places today. Winds over 60mph again last night. Flap Flap Flap. I also found a web site you might be interestd in where a guy posted a fix for main patio awnings that looks promising, and may work on all my awnings if I can't find the Zip Dee.

http://users3.ev1.net/~crossstitch/A...AwningFix.html

Any comments?

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Don,
I implemented the exact solution that you cited but, only for my main awning. I made a second "cane" from 1/4" aluminum rod that is long enough to allow me to hook the aircraft cable to the d-ring mounted on the awning roll. This why I suggested using your awning cane.

Where is your site at PS? Are you facing the ocean or are you down in the bowl by the office? We've stayed in both locations and actually found the bowl to be the windier of the two.
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