RV.Net Open Roads Forum: Fifth-Wheels: Awning tie downs

RV Blog

  |  

RV Sales

  |  

Campgrounds

  |  

RV Parks

  |  

RV Club

  |  

RV Buyers Guide

  |  

Roadside Assistance

  |  

Extended Service Plan

  |  

RV Travel Assistance

  |  

RV Credit Card

  |  

RV Loans

Open Roads Forum Already a member? Login here.   If not, Register Today!  |  Help

Newest  |  Active  |  Popular  |  RVing FAQ Forum Rules  |  Forum Posting Help and Support  |  Contact  

Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > Awning tie downs

Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Prev
Sponsored By:
mtofell1

Oregon

Senior Member

Joined: 12/08/2006

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/14/20 06:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I anchor mine down at each end but agree with some others that it's not just a set it and forget it. When it gets too windy I close it up.

fwiw, I also agree that I'd love to have my old manual awning back. Waaaaay easier to set the tilt where I want it (shield the sun, get rain to fall off the end I want, etc.) plus no electrical parts to break.

TXiceman

Full Time RVer

Senior Member

Joined: 11/17/2000

View Profile





Offline
Posted: 05/14/20 08:27pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Awnings are meant to be rolled up before the wind damages them. With the advent of electric awnings, there is really no reason to NOT roll them up.

Ken


Amateur Radio Operator.
2013 HitchHiker 38RLRSB Champagne, toted with a 2012, F350, 6.7L PSD, Crewcab, dually. 3.73 axle, Full Time RVer.
Travel with a standard schnauzer and a Timneh African Gray parrot

Campinghoss@51

Windsor NC

Senior Member

Joined: 11/03/2003

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 05/15/20 07:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not a good idea if your awning rolls up automatically in wind gusts. I always roll mine up if I know a hard wind is coming. However at the coast wind springs up suddenly sometimes and the awning auto retracts.


Camping Hoss
2017 Open Range 3X 388RKS
2017 F-350 6.7 with hips 8'bed
Lucky & Lucie


GDS-3950BH

DC

Senior Member

Joined: 12/08/2019

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/15/20 08:19am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

M.R.E. wrote:

I have a Columbus 5th wheel with an electric awning that I tie down with ratchet straps. I was told you shouldn't do this because you can bend the tube unless you have a spring mounted on the end of the straps. Is this true ?


Asking this question on this or other boards will get you a lot of posts from folks who have never tied down an awning telling you it can't be done, or it will get destroyed, or other foolishness. Its the same folks that tell you if your fridge is 1/2 of a degree out of level it will burn you rig down, or if you drive more than 1 mile on the OEM Chinese made tires on a new rig you'll trigger the apocalypse.



Facts speak otherwise. I have been tying down automatic awnings and leaving them up for weeks at a time for years on a few different rigs and despite being in some thunderstorms and winds up to 50 mph have yet to damage one. The trick is to make and install a pole system, which is super easy to do that connects to the end brackets, and gets staked to the ground. With this method no force from the ratchet strap is transferred to the awning arms.

I made my own which are self storing, and I also made self storing poles that run from awning rail to the end brackets, so de-flapper clips can also be used. Some folks even make and sell kits, brackets, and the poles, which you can find if you search around RV boards. Here is a link to one such thread. LINK

M.R.E.

MI, usa

Full Member

Joined: 09/06/2003

View Profile



Posted: 05/15/20 09:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I don't set and forget it. When they forecast strong winds, I roll it up. I have seen a gust flip a guy's awnings on the roof, mine didn't move.


toolmaker

laknox

Arizona

Senior Member

Joined: 01/06/2008

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member

Offline
Posted: 05/15/20 09:30am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TXiceman wrote:

Awnings are meant to be rolled up before the wind damages them. With the advent of electric awnings, there is really no reason to NOT roll them up.

Ken


I left the manual awning on my old Komfort out in some pretty strong winds and felt no real qualms leaving my rig unattended with the awning out. So, I come back and my rig's still cool. With the electric awning on my KZ, if it gets much above a breeze, I roll it up, and I =never= leave it out if we leave. So, when I get back now, rig's 10-15 degrees warmer because of the loss of shade. Even camping at 7,000+ feet, if you're in the sun, it gets =hot=. So, give me manuals any day.

Lyle


2002 GMC Sierra 2500 HD Duramax Crew Cab 4x4 6.5' Bed
Banks Bullet Tuner and Monster Exhaust
B&W Turnover Ball with 5th Wheel Companion
2017 KZ Durango 1500 D277RLT
1936 John Deere Model A
International Flying Farmers 62 Year Member

Lynnmor

Red Lion

Senior Member

Joined: 07/16/2011

View Profile



Good Sam RV Club Member


Posted: 05/15/20 11:13am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

laknox wrote:

TXiceman wrote:

Awnings are meant to be rolled up before the wind damages them. With the advent of electric awnings, there is really no reason to NOT roll them up.

Ken


I left the manual awning on my old Komfort out in some pretty strong winds and felt no real qualms leaving my rig unattended with the awning out. So, I come back and my rig's still cool. With the electric awning on my KZ, if it gets much above a breeze, I roll it up, and I =never= leave it out if we leave. So, when I get back now, rig's 10-15 degrees warmer because of the loss of shade. Even camping at 7,000+ feet, if you're in the sun, it gets =hot=. So, give me manuals any day.

Lyle


You and I have been on the same page for quite awhile, but then we have experience with manual awnings and aren't too lazy to operate them. One difference between us is that I simply don't use the piece of junk to avoid problems. A failure while traveling can mess up the trip.





Terryallan

Foothills NC

Senior Member

Joined: 06/28/2004

View Profile


Offline
Posted: 05/15/20 11:26am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

TXiceman wrote:

Awnings are meant to be rolled up before the wind damages them. With the advent of electric awnings, there is really no reason to NOT roll them up.

Ken


See i feel just the opposite. awnings are meant to sit under, and keep your stuff dry. We put our's out when we set up, and bring it in when we break camp. Inbetween. It only comes in if there is a hurricane passing by. We usually carport it, meaning we take the legs off the camper, and stake them to the ground, and tie them down to stakes. Believe it or not. I can still have it rolled up in less than a minute. Manual awning are a lot tougher than electric ones.


Terry & Shay
Coachman Apex 288BH.
2013 F150 XLT Off Road
5.0, 3.73
Lazy Campers


Reply to Topic  |  Subscribe  |  Print Topic  |  Post New Topic  | 
Page of 2  
Prev

Open Roads Forum  >  Fifth-Wheels

 > Awning tie downs
Search:   Advanced Search

Search only in Fifth-Wheels


New posts No new posts
Closed, new posts Closed, no new posts
Moved, new posts Moved, no new posts

Adjust text size:




© 2021 CWI, Inc. © 2021 Good Sam Enterprises, LLC. All Rights Reserved.