Originally Posted by azflycaster
... Is the travel lock required? The only thing it looks like it will do is to keep the roll from unwinding if it catches a Cat 5 wind gust when it is rolled up. Does that happen or is it overkill?
My best friend from high school, in addition to owning a travel trailer himself, is now a lawyer for an insurance company. The last time he was around my Airstream, he peppered me with questions regarding how confident I was that my awning would not inadvertently deploy while going down the road.
Come to find out, his company had just settled a claim where someone travelling along side the insured party had been impaled by the insured's awning deploying while going down the road. Or I should say, "someone's relatives".
Then, after that, a coworker borrowed an RV from where his wife works for a two state trip to the inlaws, had the awning deploy while on the road.
In both cases, it appeared that the awning had been correctly stowed.
I do not know if "travel locks" were used/available. But my friend's view is that awnings, due to convenience in use at the campground, are not as safe as they used to be.
I would say that your travel locks are not overkill.