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Old 07-21-2018, 10:52 AM   #1
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Storms and awnings donít mix

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Dang, sad to see that.
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Old 07-21-2018, 12:47 PM   #3
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Sorry....same luck as you.......twice, once wasnít enough. 10:00 pm weather said thunderstorms at 10:00 am tomorrow. DW wanted me to go put up the awning, Iím in my pajamas, Iíll get it in the morning when Iím dressed. You got it; at 3:00 in the morning I am out in the storm soaking wet trying to do something with the tore up awning. #2 The small door awning had been out in some pretty strong winds for three days wind coming from the other side of the coach. 5:00 am dramatic wind shear and change of direction, bang blew the whole awning off.
I now seldom use the big awning, and never leave it out over night. I have yet to even open the little door awning since it is fixed. It was kinda nice to have out in a normal rain.
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Sorry....same luck as you.......twice, once wasnít enough. 10:00 pm weather said thunderstorms at 10:00 am tomorrow. DW wanted me to go put up the awning, Iím in my pajamas, Iíll get it in the morning when Iím dressed. You got it; at 3:00 in the morning I am out in the storm soaking wet trying to do something with the tore up awning. #2 The small door awning had been out in some pretty strong winds for three days wind coming from the other side of the coach. 5:00 am dramatic wind shear and change of direction, bang blew the whole awning off.
I now seldom use the big awning, and never leave it out over night. I have yet to even open the little door awning since it is fixed. It was kinda nice to have out in a normal rain.

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Sorry....same luck as you.......twice, once wasnít enough. 10:00 pm weather said thunderstorms at 10:00 am tomorrow. DW wanted me to go put up the awning, Iím in my pajamas, Iíll get it in the morning when Iím dressed. You got it; at 3:00 in the morning I am out in the storm soaking wet trying to do something with the tore up awning. #2 The small door awning had been out in some pretty strong winds for three days wind coming from the other side of the coach. 5:00 am dramatic wind shear and change of direction, bang blew the whole awning off.
I now seldom use the big awning, and never leave it out over night. I have yet to even open the little door awning since it is fixed. It was kinda nice to have out in a normal rain.


Not me I put mine up at night or unattended!
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Old 07-21-2018, 02:00 PM   #6
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Yes old school ones had more aluminum strength and you could stick them to the ground also . A&E ones . New automatic ones have there good and bad ..campings about trade offs what works for you . Sorry to see any damage like that . Wind and awnings are a big deal . Tipping down more makes less wind to get under them and automatic ones are limited in angle adjustment. point is it's hard to have right stuff for every location or weather condition.

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On a clear almost calm day I once had a big wind gust pull my awning frame from the side of the MH. To this day I am paranoid about even putting my main awning out. I was lucky there was no damage to the awning and the frame was okay too.
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After having my slide topped damaged by wind, I now even consider putting the slides in if strong storms are predicted.
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Old 07-22-2018, 05:32 AM   #9
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That is the main reason I haven't put a slide top on mine. I put our awnening up before goin to bed an I don't know that I want to have to worry about a slide topper.
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Old 07-22-2018, 05:36 AM   #10
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I've been lucky so far but have seen it happen to others. One time at the track we had a strong plow wind come through without notice and quite a few people lost their awnings in a matter of minutes.
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Old 07-22-2018, 05:59 AM   #11
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I'm paranoid about coming back to my unit after a storm. Tours, seminar's, gone for who knows how long, takes moments to secure. NKK rally in Gillette, with pea size hail, is enough for me. Maybe I should look into hurricane strength cables for the chassis. lol
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Never go to sleep at night or leave the rig unattended during the day with the awnings out. Why do you need your awning out at night?
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Yeah, sad to see it happen, cash lost. We are now in the group that hardly if ever lets the big awning out. Last time I tried to use the thing in our prior DP we were sitting outside Denver at AFB camp (aka rattlesnake den for grins). All was calm. So calm my son, visiting us, was grilling and I was supervising. There was zero wind, absolutely calm. I heard a noise, looked up and saw the wind effect moving like a screaming banshee toward us, jumped up, hit the retract button on awning and then outside hanging onto the leading edge to keep it from blowing over the top of RV. The wind actually blew the grill off the table - interesting thought there! Yeah, the awning would be wonderful if the wind never behaved poorly so we just don't use the thing - sometimes "attended use" does not make a bit of difference against the force of nature.
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I've been lucky with wind and the spring contraptions I use to keep it down. I have the old manual type awnings and the main awning support can be removed from the side of the coach and anchored to the ground in several fashions.

Someone asked about why you leave it out at night, it is so we can keep our rug and stuff that is under it dry. Risky, probably. I've put it away a couple times when the wind started to come up - only takes a few minutes to store it.
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