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Posted: 02/19/12 09:25am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I live in southern NM and an awning is usless in April and May. High winds with gust to 70 mph are common. June is a good month. July our thunder storms start and can go on until the end of Sept. I never leave my awning up over night or when gone for more than a couple of hours. During the rainy season we use those 55 gallon contractors plastic bags snd slip them over anything we want to keep dry.



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Awning in every night regardless of WX unless in a very heavily treed CG & no forcast of heavy WX.


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Definitely close up the awning. We usually never even leave awning up when we leave the campsite.


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Even if it's wet, a rolled up wet awning is always better than one torn off!


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I always try and pay very close attention to the weather and factor in where we are actually camping (i.e. open field, trees, etc.) and leave my awning out most of the time unless the weather calls for winds higher than 10 or 15mph or gusts over 25. I do put a serious tilt on my awning and have it "TIGHT" which IMO helps preventing issues. So far in over 30 years of coast to coast and border to border camping have never had any issues.

One CG I did not generally keep it out was this last Oct when camping on OBX less than 100 yds from the ocean beach which was treeless and wide open.

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Happy Camper2003 wrote:

Put the gear up and bring the awning in, then sit back and listen to the rain


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Depends on what you call serve storm.

Heavy rain, but not much wind, My awning is a proven performer.

Strong wind.. It gets stowed.. I've seen far too many that were out in heavy wind, Some were even tied down with safety lines and .. Well.. The line failed to hold.


In fact... i'm parked next to one just now.


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Forget about the word "SEVERE"

A good honest strong gust of wind from a non severe storm can wreck them.

The above post is right that different storms have different "talents", but still the ability to spit out a stray, strong wind gust isn't particularly rare.

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Good reason to always have your NOAH WX ALERT radio on and working when camping. The new digital NATL BROADCAST HDTV system is also a great thing to have available for your local area. they all have a 24 hour WX broadcast going on one of the digital channels. I usually will hold out for the 30-35mph winds but if it is going to be worse than that then I will bring in the awning and pick up things around the camp site.

The bathroom facilities at the camp sites that have is always the place to goto when storms come up...


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Had to get out of bed in the middle of the night a few times from pop-up storms. It gets stowed every night no exceptions


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