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Old 01-19-2006, 07:19 PM   #15
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... 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.

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Old 01-19-2006, 07:35 PM   #16
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I use the bungee loops with the ball to secure the bars during transit.
The P.O. dropped it and must have driven off into the sunset. It got scratched up.
I use the bungees in addition to the locks.
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Old 01-19-2006, 08:38 PM   #17
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.... 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. .....................

I would say that your travel locks are not overkill.

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And here I was supposing my fear of that was paranoia..
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Old 01-19-2006, 09:31 PM   #18
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Holy Toledo! I'm not griping about the travel locks anymore...

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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".
I would say that your travel locks are not overkill.Tom
Whew, I'm glad we have one now...those poor folks, that's awful.

Our former vintage Airstream didn't have an awning lock. Our newer Airstream has awning locks, you know we thought the awnings didn't work on our first trip out as we'd never encountered an awning lock...
Ya live and learn...
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Old 01-19-2006, 10:45 PM   #19
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Metal locking clip for awning arms

Found the picture of the hitch pins I use for the awning and the cross pin on the hitch lever. I buy them at a farm service store for $1.00 each. The plating lasts for about three years. Then I replace them. Better than bunge cords or velcro
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Old 01-20-2006, 12:21 AM   #20
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AZ, Won't the mouse pads just draw those lillte critters into your coach? I'm with Silvester on this as I hate mieces to pieces too! But on the serious side it's starting to look shady on that side for sure ... Ed
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Old 01-20-2006, 06:27 AM   #21
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My neighbor never showed up yesterday (his day off), something about working a 48 hour shift, he is a fire fighter. My wife filled in and did a great job! Lifting the roll on the arms was a little tricky only because theroll wanted to unwind as we were lifting it. A strap would have been a good idea. I thought installing the strip between the trailer and te awning roll would be tough, it was not. It went right in. All I need to do now is install the travel lock , yes I will install the travel lock, yes I will!
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Old 01-20-2006, 08:37 AM   #22
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Hmmmm - I used to have this really nice trailer....then I sold it and kept a project......now I see this, man that REALLY looks fantastic! I really like the way the rear awning turned out too!

I think you will really enjoy that awning.....

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I second Kens sentiment about how nice your trade wind looks! Kinda gives me hope for mine...
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Old 01-20-2006, 09:47 AM   #24
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Exclamation Awning Deployed!

Up here on the Great Plains we sometimes get some really strong straight line winds. Like 60 to 70 mph. I got caught in one of these with both locks in place. The side wind on the unit got under the rolled up awning in the center and managed to baloon it out. As soon as I stopped it went back in though.

Another time the rear lock wasn't locked securley and the rear of the awning balooned out and slipped the lock. I had to turn the unit away from the wind and had a heck of a time getting it back in. It did rip some attachment rivets loose on the rear of the awning. The Insurance paid for it but it was still quite a scare. That wind can really be wicked and the awning works like a sail with very great force. USE THOSE LOCKS and if the wind gets too strong, PARK for a while.

Another time I was backed up to the Ocean in St. Augustine when the wind came up in the middle of the night. I had the awnings out (foolishly) and the wind was rocking the whole motorhome even with the jacks down. I got up and managed to retract them with some difficulty.
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