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Old 07-14-2015, 02:51 AM   #1
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Awning tie downs

I am not sure if it is safe to tie the awnings down? Pro's and con's would be great... Ian
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:10 AM   #2
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I tie mine down when I am a snowbird in Florida. I watch the weather daily for the wind. I never leave the RV with the awnings tied down. It can be done one just has to watch the wind conditions for the day. Never tie down during a rain.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:16 AM   #3
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Good question...

While camping at the beach, an unexpected gust (wimpy) lifted my awning, overcame the struts, and it blew over the roof on my RL. I caught it & wrestled it down just in time, but was shocked how such a brief gust could wreck the awning.

I bought the CAMCO Tie Downs, but haven't used them because they look almost impossible to screw into ground unless you're camping in a wheatfield or something!

Some (SOB) people leave their awnings out in near hurricane weather, and it just settles back down. I'd like to use my awning more without being paranoid when a light breeze comes up.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:20 AM   #4
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I tie mine also in FL in winter, even when it rains. If it's to be windy, I roll it up. If a night or do I won't tie it.

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Old 07-14-2015, 01:07 PM   #5
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We have "the claw" awning tie downs but haven't used them much for the Carefree awnings, the awnings don't seem to be as durable as the older A&E manual ones.

The Claw works well, we also have one to tie down our TV dish tripod. The 10 inch spikes can be driven into most surfaces, even gravel, with a clubbing hammer.

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Old 07-14-2015, 01:16 PM   #6
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I use a sunblocker shade screen that slides down the track on the awning roller. it is anchored down on both ends with bungee coerds. I have never had an awning problem with rain or wind to about 20mph in the last 5 years. if it gets windier than that i will roll it up. Also if we leave for a couple days or the forcast is for heavy wind.
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Old 07-14-2015, 01:19 PM   #7
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We too tie ours at times but I usually just use the switch. Run it out when needed. Back in the day of manual awnings I think we could leave it out and tied in a hurricane. But these new auto ones, well, yall know. No need to explain how week they are.
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Old 07-14-2015, 03:30 PM   #8
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I let mine take some abuse in the wind before I bring them in. They are more durable than you might think. What I don't ever want to think about is going back to a manual awning
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Old 07-14-2015, 05:24 PM   #9
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I use 2 ratchet strap tie downs with 12 in metal tent stakes, have not had a problem with wind and or rain. I do retract when we leave the redwood for an extended period of time (overnight) or longer.
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Old 07-15-2015, 02:44 AM   #10
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We recently purchased the sun shade (like Shane was mentioning) and it does tie the awning down. However, we're kinda gun-shy about leaving it open while we are gone or if higher winds or T-storms are expected.

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