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NYCountryboy

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Posted: 08/08/12 06:57am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Saw this and thought I would share it. Anyone done this?

Power Awning Tie Down



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Kind of defeats the purpose of a power awning..

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Posted: 08/08/12 07:35am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi All.

I wonder what damage the Power Awning will take, if the wind picks up, or it starts to rain, and the Power Awning wants to close itself ?

Just a couple of reasons we would never own a Power Awning in the first palace.

We have been RV'ers for 45+ years, and haven't damaged any Awning so far.

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Unless I am camping by the ocean, and I need extra support in order to use my awning at all, this makes no sense to me.

I agree that it defeats one of the benefits of a power awning because now there are posts and tie downs in the way.

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Posted: 08/08/12 08:18am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just because you have a power awning doesn't mean it is an automatic.
Makes sense to me to tie down as shown. If winds come up that hard then remove tie downs and push the retract button.


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I use tie down steals in mine all the time. I set the pitch, tighten the tensioner knobs to stabilize the awning and the tie down straps keep the awning, and framework nice and rigid. It handles the rain and wind with no problem (3 yrs). I will bring it in only ifsyptm force winds threaten.
I like the motorized function, but I also like to keep it out for the purpose of keeping rain off of me. I do not use the auto dump feature. Heavy rain runs off fine because of the pitch and tightness of the fabric because of the tie down straps.
The pvc support in the pic is a good idea. I've never seen that.


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enblethen wrote:

Just because you have a power awning doesn't mean it is an automatic.
Makes sense to me to tie down as shown. If winds come up that hard then remove tie downs and push the retract button.


Make sense to me.

Great idea.

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It took us 4 years of fulltiming to figure out that we used our manual awning about a half dozen times. Bought the auto-awning and we now use our awning any time we have a whim to use it. It retracts when the wind picks up automatically and that gives us a lot of piece of mind. And when we leave the campground we just hit the retract and it goes to sleep. We have never found the need to tie it down but see no reason you couldn't do so as long as you took it off the auto mode. Then its just like a mechanical awning.


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No electric awning should be tied down even with a support post as shown. If the wind picks up heavily as happened where we were last weekend being tied down can and will strip the gears on the motor...and void the warranty. MOST electric awnind do not come standard with wind sensing and auto retract. It can be added for a small price if you are handy.

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I tend to agree with spadoctor.

When the winds get gusty, an electric awning should be retracted. It's not a good idea to torture test it.

Our carefree awning "bounced" in the wind just once. It split one of what I believe are called planetary gears. It kind of reminded me a little of the cutters in an old fashioned pencil sharpener.

Carefree fixed ours under warranty, but I had to pay the $50 for the guy to fix it at the campground. It was worth the $50 not to have to break camp and take the trailer to him.

Just as an aside, the problem I have with the wind sensors is that we have a mesh sun screen attached to our awning, and it is anchored to ground with two bungee cords. I need to unhook the bungee cords to retract the awning. If I am going to have to remember to unhook the bungee cords when I leave, I might as well go ahead and retract the awning while I am at it.

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