Not blaming but just stating a fact that many, many mishaps, equipment accidents or failures, appliance malfunctions, towing a TT without the proper towing hitch and no anti-sway bars, the multitude of things that can happen if you over load your rig, improper PSI in your tires, and the list goes on and on for miles. And then we read their stories online—not just here but in many places—or see their equipment failures on youtube from a dash cam.
In many cases, RV owners that experience many of these type of common accidents or mishaps are self inflicted. Knowledge is power. Researching, learning and constantly staying informed about their rig, and normal safety protocols about RVing in general—could and does—avoid a huge percentage of these type of mishaps from happening in the first place. I was not being accusatory in my post. I include myself in this never ending journey to learn more and become a better, more responsible RVer in all things concerning this lifestyle. This learning part of RV life and our rig is part of the RV journey too.
Even now, I'm online replying to you sharing these things that I've learned from others on the road and here on this forum and many other places online. It's the desire to learn. I've learned a ton on this forum and I take notes. You should see my bookmark folders. It's almost comical it's so big. Maybe you have never searched this out in 12 yrs. of RVing, but some folks in the future that will read this thread—seeking to become more knowledgeable—probably will begin to research more thoroughly from now on and will see the importance to constantly learn.
Escapees in Texas actually conduct 3-4 day learning sessions to teach RVer's how to avoid such things as this awning mishap. They cover a multitude of subjects.
Now granted stuff still happens—no matter what you do—but self inflicted stuff can be avoided.
Not being sarcastic here, but there's a famous saying, "if people don't learn from history, they're bound to repeat it". There's so much online historical information today to learn from other RVer's mistakes, or great tips they've learned, PM items that should be done to avoid future problems, things to do and things not to do...and so on. But it's incumbent on each individual person to seek out that information and then do it.
I can't tell you how many times I've read that in AZ alone, that the landscape along their highways are littered with skeletal remains of ripped apart awnings that unfurled from high gusts of wind. Here's just one sample article:
Take a look of some of the past stories on this forum alone concerning this subject:
awning unfurled from a gust of wind site:irv2.com
Stay safe my friend.