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Old 06-05-2007, 09:30 AM   #15
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Been there, done that...in my own back yard no less! Sorry it happened to you my friend. I always lower the rear arm to its lowest position at night for this reason so I don't have to remove the awning lights. And when we leave the camp site for any length of time I lower both arms to their lowest positions. I like the grommet idea.

BTW, I was visiting my mom about 20 miles south of Ocala in Summerfield (the Villages) the same weekend. The rain was never really hard, but a little windy on Saturday with some down pours, but nothing heavy Friday night...well, I guess cumulatively it was heavy afterall.
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Old 06-05-2007, 09:50 AM   #16
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OUCH! Glad the damage wasn't worse. That area you are camping in sounds neat, you might put a campsite review in the reviews section if you get a chance.
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Old 06-05-2007, 10:20 AM   #17
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Yes, what is the name of the campground?
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Old 06-05-2007, 11:13 AM   #18
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Caming area is the Santos Campground. Run by the Fla Dept of Environmental Protection. Campground was all rebuilt last year. There are about a dozen elec/water hookups and also some tent camping. Dump station. Very clean and there is a full time host present. Lots to do in that area. Not far from Silver Springs and also the Ocala Forest.
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Old 06-05-2007, 11:38 AM   #19
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It's nothing unusual for a Florida squall to come thru with winds gusting 65 mph! Twenty minutes later, the sun will be out and any nearby pavement will be "steaming" as it dries off.
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Lesson learned...

Learned my lesson this weekend, fortunately no damage. We left the campground for the afternoon with sunny skies. Of course as we were out enjoying the area, a storm blew up. My thoughts immediately turned to our fully deployed awning, but we were at least ½ hour away, so any damage was sure to be done already.
We returned shortly, and as we pulled up to our site, I was horrified to see our awning slightly twisted and pointed skyward. I quickly ran over to examine the damage; there was a bit of rain puddle up, and the center pole had pulled apart, but as I straightened everything out, and slid the center pole back together, I was relieved that there was no damage. It sure scared the @#$% out of me, and taught me to never leave the campground (or go to bed, as Chuck noted) with the awning deployed. We were lucky, but this could have been an expensive lesson…
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