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Old 08-27-2011, 01:13 PM   #1
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How much wind means it's time to roll up the awning?

I'm talking about when I am at the rig, and normal wind rather than sudden dust devils and microbursts. Right now it's 22 mph and the awning's rolled up, but I may have rolled it up sooner than necessary.

How windy does it have to get before you take your lights down and put your awning up, when you are at the camper and staying there?
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Old 08-27-2011, 01:34 PM   #2
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Better safe than sorry. Mine got ripped off by a gust, fixed but left it off.
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If you do not have it tied down a sudden gust will cause major problems. The newer models with a spring type system will billow and let the air out and the normally retract based on wind speed or motion. I would not have mine out at 20 mph but that's me.
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I think when you start considering the question... it's time to roll it up.
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Old 08-27-2011, 04:33 PM   #5
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We have learned in 5 years of full time traveling and always using the awning, (tied down) that 25 mph sustained, seems to be our "stow the awning" point.

IMHO you did the right thing at the right time.
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Old 08-27-2011, 05:09 PM   #6
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I've had two blown off. Mine goes up pretty quick if it gets windy for two reasons.
1. The wind catches the awning and tends to rock the coach.
2. The flapping can be annoying, especially at night.

Needless to say when we leave the campground it always gets stowed as well as the water turned off into the coach. Had a water fitting break on a toilet one time, flooded the coach.
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We seldom put op lights since we seldom leave the awning out. Seen too many damaged.

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I have the automatic with wind sensors. The highest setting is 24 mph. I think they are trying to tell me something.
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We go to myrtle beach quit often and I never leave main awning out at night. I like a good night sleep. When in question put it up. Some camper strap them down put up lights I guess they don't worry.
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I have a sailboat. The saying among sailors in response to the frequently asked question of "when do I reef" (reduce the exposed sail when the wind picks up), is "when you first think about it." Same with the RV awning...when you first think to yourself whether or not to roll it in...that's the time to do it.
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I have a sailboat. The saying among sailors in response to the frequently asked question of "when do I reef" (reduce the exposed sail when the wind picks up), is "when you first think about it." Same with the RV awning...when you first think to yourself whether or not to roll it in...that's the time to do it.
Sounds like great advice!!
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A&E awnings auto retract at like 12 to 15 MPH depending on switch settings.

I won't argue with that.
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A&E awnings auto retract at like 12 to 15 MPH depending on switch settings.

I won't argue with that.
My highest setting is 24 mph (A&E) (2008 model)

It depends on the model.
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Old 08-30-2011, 07:48 AM   #14
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I only have the awning out when I am there and using it. If I leave and/or at night, it is rolled up. Also, as soon as I hear the 'thump' of the awning material being whipped up/down, up it goes.
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