Well, it happened again! We were up at Red Top Mountain S.P. in GA this past Christmas to see our son. Left the site around 10:00 A.M. to go into Atlanta to be with him. We knew it was supposed to snow that day, but really thought it would be no big deal. I just lowered the awning down to it's lowest point so the snow would slide off!! WRONG
Got back about 10:00 that night and was shocked at how much snow was just sitting on top of the awning with it sagging like I have never seen before. OK, it hasn't ripped yet, so I get under it to push up and let the snow slide down, WRONG
One, this was some heavy stuff, two, it was NOT sliding off!! OK, next I get the broom to try from the top side to brush it off, WRONG
, well maybe only half WRONG
. I was able to get about 2/3 of it off, but there was about 1/2" to 1" of ice under the snow that was not going anywhere! So again I go under to try and break the ice up so it would slide off, WRONG
It was like the ice had been glued to the fabric. By this time it is almost midnight and it had stopped snowing so I figured I would tackle the ice problem the next morning. It was not sagging that much now.
The next day rolls around and I'm ready to tackle the awning again since we are leaving that day. Temp. outside is a brisk 26 degrees. I again try going from the underside to try and break the ice up, WRONG
Not much left to try so my only option now was to try the water hose. So here I am spraying water on it which was working but but was also creating a lot on ice on the mat we had down(that was also fun to get up, had to roll it up as best I could with the ice and stick it in the shower!). The water worked. but took almost 3 hrs. to get it melted so it would roll up.
Lesson learned; NEVER, EVER, LEAVE YOUR AWNING OR MAT OUT WHEN THERE IS A CHANCE OF SNOW OR RAIN IN BELOW FREEZING WEATHER.