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Old 06-08-2019, 03:10 PM   #1
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Canopy tie downs

I see that some campers tie down their extended canopy with straps to the ground. I assume this is to keep them from ripping in high winds. My canopy on the 2016 View does not have any hooks or brackets to suggest a tie down by the manufacturer. Is it a good idea to tie the canopy down?
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No, it is not a good idea to tie the canopy down. It's a good idea to retract the canopy.

I've had two canopy's blown off. Now if we are leaving for a few hours we retract ours.
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If you mean the awning, it depends. I would retract it prior to any significant wind event, as AH suggested. You could tie it down, but that would make it harder to retract it quickly, if it became the better option during a severe wind event.

Personally, I wouldn't tie it down.
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My previous motorhome had a manual awning that I tied down sometimes, but my current awning is electric so I do not tie it down as there is no provision to do so.
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We extended our electric awning when it started to drizzle. It turned out to be a downpour and even the ducks took shelter under the awning. Once full, the awning brackets folded and down it all came.



A $500 lesson in taking the awning in unless we are out in clear, calm weather.
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Steve and Sue - did you have the awning tilted low on one side to allow water to run off?
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Steve and Sue - did you have the awning tilted low on one side to allow water to run off?

No, we didn't. We were parked in a spot with a distinct tail down but the downpour caused it to puddle before running off which eventually bowed until it collapsed. Really wasn't expecting anything more than the light mist when it was initially extended. Those southern summer storms come up real fast.
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No, we didn't. We were parked in a spot with a distinct tail down but the downpour caused it to puddle before running off which eventually bowed until it collapsed. Really wasn't expecting anything more than the light mist when it was initially extended. Those southern summer storms come up real fast.

I don't do it anymore. One year at the Burning Man I saw that others did it. I tied mine down with ratchet straps and rebar stakes. I also had the jacks down. After one particularly nasty whiteout with dust devils I saw that my neighbor's awning was gone. Mine was beginning to separate where it met the RV and would forever leak there because the fabric was weakened. I had to replace it eventually. If you do it put the jacks down so that the RV won't rock and poll of your awning.
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Kahoona - did you have springs on the ratchet straps? I generally put out my manual awning in October and it stays out until April. But it is well secured and can withstand 40mph winds (that's as high as it has been "tested". ) I do put it in when we are gone for a few days or when winds are forecast for gusts over 30mp, but that happens maybe once a twice a winter.
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