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Old 11-02-2015, 09:29 PM   #1
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Tie down electric awning?

On my old MH with manual awning I would put the legs down and using ratchet straps, anchor the awning for the winter in Fl. Never had a problem. Now have an electric awning. Any tricks, ideas for anchoring the awning in the extended position for a few months? We kept stuff stored under the manual one and woul;d like to do the same with the electric on.

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Old 11-02-2015, 11:14 PM   #2
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I would do the same with my manual awning, and also now have an automatic. I recently had it "tied down" for 3 days by using ratchet straps wrapped around the ends of the arms to the ground.
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In my opinion, no different from manual. Just disable the weather sensor if it has one.
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Old 11-03-2015, 08:04 AM   #4
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Don't worry about tie downs if in doubt put it up.
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:36 AM   #5
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In my opinion, no different from manual. Just disable the weather sensor if it has one.
Yep, turn the power off and you now have a manual awning.
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Old 11-03-2015, 10:39 AM   #6
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In my opinion, no different from manual. Just disable the weather sensor if it has one.
Exactly how I do it and we've had some NASTY breezes here (Tree limbs down, Rig a rocking, Trees down not far away) This park has no trees so the wind really rips (The tree limbs were across the road).
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On my old MH with manual awning I would put the legs down and using ratchet straps, anchor the awning for the winter in Fl. Never had a problem. Now have an electric awning. Any tricks, ideas for anchoring the awning in the extended position for a few months? We kept stuff stored under the manual one and woul;d like to do the same with the electric on.
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I would not "tie down" any electrically powered awning unless all electric to that awning is completely disabled by removing a fuse or turning off a breaker.
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In my opinion, no different from manual. Just disable the weather sensor if it has one.

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Old 11-16-2015, 01:54 PM   #9
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The problem with many electric awnings is the brace bar that extends out does not follow along the awning fabric so you can't add the anti flap clamps. I tie my electric awning down but if the wind picks up too much I disconnect the tie downs and retract. The flapping awning fabric will drive you nuts at night and doesn't do it any good either. My friends with manual awnings use a couple anti flap clamps on each side and it makes a world of difference.
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The problem with many electric awnings is the brace bar that extends out does not follow along the awning fabric so you can't add the anti flap clamps. I tie my electric awning down but if the wind picks up too much I disconnect the tie downs and retract. The flapping awning fabric will drive you nuts at night and doesn't do it any good either. My friends with manual awnings use a couple anti flap clamps on each side and it makes a world of difference.
I fixed the flapping problem by installing a pair of Awnbrella Awning Bows (Camping World). Not only do they eliminate flapping, they make rain just roll right off. I have been very pleased with the results.
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We also anchor our electric awning, turn off the wind sensor, and then use ground screw anchors, and a bungee cord to apply tension yet allow a little of movement.
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I don't have an electric awning, but if I did I would certainly tie it down with ratchet straps! JMHO
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Had my brother in law fashion some 'hooks' since the end of ours stays up at the 10+ foot range when extended and didn't want to carry/get ladder out...

ground anchors and BRIGHT COLORED (so I walk into them less!) heavy duty bungee cords do the trick!
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I don't have an electric awning, but if I did I would certainly tie it down with ratchet straps! JMHO
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