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Old 03-12-2014, 10:43 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by Thebaldeagle View Post
All the above advise is great and no need for me to repeat it. If I place my awning legs on the ground.I use these (picture doesn't show it but they come with 2 bolts for the bottom of the arms)

Awning Arm Anchor - Camco 42021 - Awning Accessories & Hardware - Camping World

I then go about 3 feet out from the end of the awning and use these

Happy Hook Awning Tie Down - Valterra A30-0200 - Awning Accessories & Hardware - Camping World

Use the rope looped over the end of the awning roller (not over the fabric) and tightened up to keep the awning in place and the fabric from flopping.

I also use these to keep it from flapping

Awning De-Flapper MAX - Camco 42251 - Awning Accessories & Hardware - Camping World

This is what it looks like with the arms (legs) still on the trailer

Attachment 58044

Sounds like a lot but it's fast and easy to set up after you figure out what you are doing the piece of mind that your awning will still be an awning and not a piece of flying debri is worth it!
Thanks! The links to product pages and video as well as the photo you posted were very helpful.

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Old 03-12-2014, 10:49 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by SteveNJanet View Post
Arch Hoagland is correct about the chances of loosing your awning to high winds. You have to take stock of where your camping, both the region in the country and local lay of the land.

If your in the midwest, i.e. Tornado alley in April through June. You better close that awning every time your not sitting under it. On the other hand if your in Florida in summer, then maybe close it and maybe not. Thunderstorms associated with cold fronts are the ones with the violent winds. They will shred an awning in a second.

Airmass Thunderstorms, that pop up most summer days and are not associated with a front are found most anywhere but usually nearer the coasts are pretty begnine with no wind at all, just heavy rain falling vertically. Take stock of the region and season your in and get a couple of good weather apps on your cell phone that show weather radar. Apps that can be zoomed in and out are best. Some of them will have Thunderstorm Forecast maps as well. Check the forecast every day so you know in advance what days you expect to have to roll up the awning.

The other consideration is where your campsite is located. Are you out in an open field or back in dense woods? An open field in the midwest in June. That is where you need to check the weather forecast daily and remember that in a place like that even small storm cells can pop up which is why you need the weather radar iPhone app.

On the other hand if you in a campground deep in a forest in northern Michigan or down under thick trees in Florida and there are no cold fronts coming through that day then you don't need to worry about it. The trees provide an impressive barrier to winds.

If your on the beach that generally has an onshore flow or offshore flow of wind. Look at the forecast maximum wind for each day. If you have tied the awning down the way I described in my first post you will be good to 15-20 knots of steady wind. Somewhere approaching 20 knots I usually close mine up. Normally at night, again as long as no fronts are forecast to come through I leave my awning out. That is if any winds are forecast to be steady and not gusty. Gusty winds, even weak ones are just a headache and you might as well close it up.

Look at the full-time RV's in the campground for a cue as well. Do the full timers that look like they are only used by locals on the weekends have their awnings out? Are their awnings out but the legs lowered all the way to the ground? Or do they roll them up? That is another good indicator of what to expect for local weather.

I've camped in the midwest in July and by watching the weather and my location after a week or 10 days in the same spot I have only had to roll up my awning once. I had plenty of warning as I saw the cold front and associated high winds coming on my weather apps for a couple of days.

On the other hand I've camped in the same area and it has been during a time of a lot of changing weather patterns and my awning has been rolled up most of the time.

This weather stuff I learned from dealing with weather for 35 years as a professional pilot. My wife and I love to hang out those big colored lights on our awning and sit out under the awning in the evenings. Also it sure is nice to have it out on a drizzling day. Give you more dry space outside.

Oh yeah. We usually slide our firewood and folding chairs and everything under the RV if it looks like inclement weather that day so it stays dry and doesn't blow everywhere.

Well, hope I haven't put you to sleep with my ramblings about awning considerations….
Very informative. Thanks.

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Old 03-17-2014, 01:11 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by Arch Hoagland View Post
After having two awning blown off my advice would be to roll up the awning if the wind is bad enough that you need to tie it down.

And if you leave camp roll it up. Every time.
YES, best advice. Roll the thing up when a storm is coming.

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