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Old 06-12-2011, 10:24 AM   #29
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We use our awning all the time. It is only 11.5 feet long so it handles rain a bit easier than a longer one. We use it often in cold weather along with a 90% windbloc side screen to create a sheltered area to cook and sit. We put it up at night most of the time.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:14 PM   #30
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I have very little confidence in my awning due to an unfortunate accident that occurred when I opened it (first time) and didn't realize the bolt was missing in the rear head. It snapped the claw bar and hit me in the arm. I was alone and head to put it back together without the aid of having a ladder or support under the awning. Big pain. Replaced the claw arm, didn't notice that I didn't get the rear main arm bar all the way into the head and the replacement bolt I put in was not through the hole in the head... needless to say, the same thing happened again while I was on the road in Florida.

Live and learn. I got another claw arm since I broke the replacement in the second "accident" and got the bolt correctly placed through the head. I now can use my awning but am so paranoid I don't feel comfortable until I roll it up again. Maybe I will eventually gain some confidence but when the wind comes up or I leave, I roll it up.

In addition to a about a four week repair on my arm, two claw arm replacements from the factory (shipped second-day air...) I now have a working awning and a lot of respect and knowledge about this item.
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