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Posted: 08/04/12 02:09pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

lostmarbles wrote:

L I A B I L I T Y....
As I said earlier, the only liability I'd be concerned with is being liable to break a finger or get smacked in the face with a bar. Awnings in wind can be dangerous.

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bigred1cav wrote:

Sea Dog wrote:

In Canada, sure!
In the US, there are so many different attitudes, I think I would just pass.


I don't know when or how we in the US got so damn defensive.


Are you serious? Have you seen how many frivolous lawsuits are won everyday? People are defensive for good reason.

I absolutely can understand why some people would be afraid to even touch another person's RV. Some people are just real jerks, and the problem is you can't tell who is and who isn't by the rig they drive or park.

While I would roll up an awning if the storm blew in and was pretty strong, I'd still be wondering if I should have even touched it for this very reason. We live in a very litigious society.

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I was sitting in my camper this last time out when a big rain storm came. The two campers behind us were family friends and very nice to us also. Anyway sitting in the camper I looked out and he and his friends EZ UPs Tents were up and I said to my wife. I wonder if that is one of those new EZ UPs that the water drains off well. As I turned and was getting up from the seat to go out and checked the thing collapse. I felt so bad because if I would have checked a minute earlier it may have been saved but when I went out the friend was coming out also. I then went over to check his awning and it was tilted well. Then this same poor guy and family was gone during another storm which they had his things put away (Toy Hauler) anyway a huge lightening strike came and I thing it was only a couple hundred yards away. Later found out it fried his tv, dvd and elec hot water tank. This poor guy had gone back to his house to meet with an A/C guy because the week before the lightening took out his house A/C. He was so calm about what had happened even when I joked about making sure we didn't camp anywhere near him again.


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Posted: 08/04/12 05:35pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

THE biggest danger of taking an awning down in a storm or prior to, is if you have the arms released, and you haven't rolled it up yet and that wind hits, the awning is toast. Personally I think all the people who want to run to take others awnings down have not been RV'ing that long to have experienced all there is to 'when' you can take it down safely and at what point during a storm you can't.

I think the BIG question is, do you want to be standing there hanging on to an awning with the arms down after gusts of wind hit before you got to roll it up, and the fabric is flapping and ripping in the wind......and it's 'not' your RV?


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I have done so, and wouldn't mind if someone did the same.


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I helped put up someones awning,and saw one lost this summer while trying to get mine up.Storm came up so fast did not have time for neighbors awning.





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Jarlaxle wrote:

Never. Absolutely not ever under any circumstances will I so much as TOUCH another person's awning unless I am explicitly asked to do so. Not worth the risk.


Amen to that! Ditto X10!

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Never. Absolutely not ever under any circumstances will I so much as TOUCH another person's awning unless I am explicitly asked to do so. Not worth the risk.


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Maybe I am not following along correctly, let me get this straight. There is an approaching storm, your neighbor's awning is out and it is very likely that it will be damaged by the wind. You have the opportunity to help a neighbor before the storm arrives, please tell me what you think may go wrong. For you guys that have stated that you would NEVER touch the neighbor's awning, rest assured that I would help you in the time of need.


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Mont G&J wrote:

Have any of you ever noticed that the Campground Host riding around in his golf cart never stops and rolls-up a camper's awning? Wonder why that is.
I don't know about all parks, but at mine, our Insurance is VERY specific about not doing any work or repairs on RVs. If we tried and failed to secure an awning, you can bet we will be expected to buy a new one, and that is something I have no intention of doing, hence my employees are not allowed to put up awnings, secure guests belonging or touch anything else in a guest's site. Like another poster said, blame the lawyers and the people who believe that whenever something bad happens there is someone else besides themselves to blame.

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