Originally Posted by Dsquare
I like the idea of some sort of safety latch, bungie, or tie wrap to assure continuous awning closure.
If you're really concerned about it, and if you carry a ladder so you can even reach your awning, you might want to consider Velcro wrap-straps (hooks on one side, loops on the other, so that you can wrap it around the ends of your awning, loop side in to avoid scratching the finish). Doesn't hurt to have a couple of those straps anyway; there have been reports from some Interstate owners that the gears on their awning retract mechanism strip out so the awning won't stay retracted. If that ever happens, the wrap-straps will serve to hold your awning closed until you can get it fixed.
But personally I wouldn't bother with wrap-straps unless the awning gears do strip out. My awning occasionally works slightly loose on a bumpy Louisiana road so that the alarm starts beeping. It's usually no big deal to pull over, let the awning out a few inches, then retract it again to shut the alarm off, so tying the awning shut when it's not
broken is not worth the effort to me. Mine never has broken like that, but I have the wrap-straps tucked away just in case.
Wrap-straps are easy to make. Just get adhesive-backed Velcro strips, and stick them together back-to-back in whatever length you need.