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Old 07-09-2022, 05:18 PM   #1
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Awning go bye-bye

Any idiot knows to take in the awning at the appearance of a small wispy cloud on the horizon.

Any idiot knows to take in the awning if rain appears below that small wispy cloud.

Today this idiot lost the 29-year-old awning when that rain shower threw a bit of a spin-up. Fortunately the old fabric blew out before it could yank the fittings out of the side of the MH.

Confession is good for the soul.

We're going to replace it with window awnings rather than another 20-foot-long sail.
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Old 07-09-2022, 05:31 PM   #2
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I joined that club a while back with my old rig. Went out to dinner and a storm rolled thru. I came back to my awning on the ground. Not a cool feeling.
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Old 07-09-2022, 08:11 PM   #3
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Had it happen on my last unit... Was "camping" as a way to stay inexpensively while spending time with my mom at the Cleveland Clinic. I hadn't put the awning in before leaving and while I was at the Clinic a storm blew through. When I got back, the awning bar was laying on the roof and both support arms had ripped out of the side. It did a surprising amount of damage up on the roof. Consider yourself lucky.
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Old 07-09-2022, 08:18 PM   #4
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AAA has bought me two awnings, the last one from a surprise tornado that came through the campground at night.

Things happen.
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Old 07-09-2022, 08:38 PM   #5
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Oh yes.. many many times.. i tend to like the tree limbs that look harmless on pass side of rv.. that rip a long hole all the way down the side.. when rolled up..
Good luck and keep us posted
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Old 07-09-2022, 11:28 PM   #6
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We're going to replace it with window awnings rather than another 20-foot-long sail.
I would miss being able to shield the entire side of the RV from the sun with just window awnings.

Last year, I too had a brain freeze and left my 28-year-old awning up as a light storm approached. The wind tore the fabric horizontally for about ten feet - right in the middle, not reaching the sides - right along the part of the awning that sits atop the roller while rolled up (and so gets the most UV damage all year(s) long.)

Dang it, I thought, and I looked for a way to patch it back up until I could find a new fabric. I used Eternabond tape along the entire tear plus about a foot past on each side. Temporary fix, I thought.

A few days ago, I realized that I had completely forgotten about the tear and had been using it all year. It works great, no leaks, and doesn't even look bad, being a nice white stripe across my blue-and-white-striped awning. That Eternabond really is eternal.
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As our RVs became more expensive, the cost of replacing things like awnings has gone insane. I used to angle my awning and tie it down and it always stayed out. I’m completely OCD about bringing it in even at night. The only exception being those rare occasions it’s cool enough to leave the windows open and a rogue rain storm would wake me up.

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Old 07-10-2022, 08:20 AM   #8
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Fortunately the old fabric blew out before it could yank the fittings out of the side of the MH.
hmmmmm.... is this an opportunity for a product that will break free from the structure to prevent damage? You just chase it down and snap it back into place?
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I was sitting at West Glacier KOA last July. It was a hot one. Sunny, no wind, just hot. About 90f
A dust devil popped up and tore of my neighbor's awning in about 3 seconds and then disappeared.
If I didn’t see it I wouldn’t believe it
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I was sitting at West Glacier KOA last July. It was a hot one. Sunny, no wind, just hot. About 90f
A dust devil popped up and tore of my neighbor's awning in about 3 seconds and then disappeared.
If I didn’t see it I wouldn’t believe it
When one of my friends was a toddler a dust devil lifted him a few inches off the ground before his mother grabbed him. (Story verified by the mother)
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When I leave our RV, the manual main awning is retracted. It makes me more work, but my method has worked for 50 years now without having to replace an awning.
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hmmmmm.... is this an opportunity for a product that will break free from the structure to prevent damage? You just chase it down and snap it back into place?
That might be a great idea until the awning breaks free and hits and damages several other RV's, cars, trucks or bystanders before you can chase the awning and hardware down.
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Old 07-23-2022, 09:20 AM   #13
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I generally boondock in the desert and have probably used my awning a handful of times since I bought it 2009. If I leave camp at all, it gets rolled up. Desert winds can be quick, strong and unpredictable.
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Cool Go electric...

One of the best things about an electric awning is the ease of retraction. Takes all of about 20 seconds to secure. We never go to bed with the awning out and at the first hint of approaching weather just roll it back in.

It is not just wind that can be a problem. In a heavy downpour the weight of water collecting quickly can overwhelm the "rain slope" some folks think will protect it. The old manual awnings are Pita on a good day and can take more time than you might have when the weather changes quickly. Electric works for me.

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