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Old 04-12-2007, 03:32 PM   #1
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When to roll her up?

Hi...we are wondering if anyone can give us a general rule of thumb as to how much wind is too much to have the awning out? I think I am being too much of a chicken about opening it up when it is blowing a bit outside. I just don't want to incur any damage by leaving it open when we should not.

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Old 04-12-2007, 04:05 PM   #2
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A good rule of thumb I use is that if the wind is blowing too hard for me to comfortably sit outside and enjoy myself it's probably time to roll it up. Once you get use to it, rolling the awning up, or extending it, is a quick and simple task. Never leave the awning extended when you leave for the day and, again, for me personally, I often roll it up before I retire for the evening. Trust me - it isn't any fun to crawl out of a warm bed at 3:00 a.m to secure a wild awning! I'll admit that a lot of my cautionary stance comes from camping on the Florida coast - but I've had weather catch me off guard elsewhere too.
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If you've asked yourself the question - it's time to roll it up ....


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Old 04-12-2007, 04:20 PM   #4
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When to roll her up

Yea, what Cracker said.
Done the 3 AM thing.
Got the T shirt, and the new awning parts that got broken.
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It's making the coach move!

If the wind is causing the coach to move, roll her up. I have had to fight a powerful wind to roll one up and its really bad if you wait too long.
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Old 04-12-2007, 04:59 PM   #6
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... not to mention rain. A quick thunderstorm caught us once, the water pooled on top and the rear support arm folded like a cheap umbrella. Not good times.
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I've got to be real sure of the weather before I leave camp with my awning out. Always be sure to rig it with one arm adjusted shorter than the other. The sideways slope helps prevent rain pooling in the middle.

See: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f442...age-25266.html
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And don't leave your rig unattended with the awning out! I can't tell you how many times Maria and I have had to rip down to the park and try to roll up people's wildly-flapping awnings while they're away!

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Thanks for all the sage advice folks! I seem to have a curse on me with this issue. If I pull that awning out...even on the most calm peaceful morning, by noon it's blowing a gale.

The whole mechanism seems to me less than hearty/sturdy so I figured a conservative approach was best. And now with what you all have said I can see I was right.

At least I know my cute patio lights will last for a loooong time becase it seems I will barely ever get to use them!
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:22 PM   #10
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For what it's worth......

The Girard fully automatic awnings found on the Prevost and other big bus-type MoHos have a with sensor (anemometer) on the top of the roof for each awning. They feed information into a microprocessor that will retract the awning at a pre-set wind speed. This is set by a variable control located deep inside the PC board. It ranges from 12 mph to 30mph. The factory default setting is 22mph read for a constant 20 seconds, not a gust. Anything over that will void the warranty.

Having said that, if your awning starts to flap or buck beyond your comfort level.....bring it in! Also, I usually don't leave mine out after I retire due to the possibility of a sudden rain, which might damage it form water weight.
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Old 04-12-2007, 08:46 PM   #11
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Didja ever notice....

That whenever you use an RV park and the weather is hot and sunny, you're parked so that the big awning is on the NORTH side of the Airstream? Yet if it's hot but too windy to use the awning, sure enough you're site will have your curbside awning facing due south!

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The Girard fully automatic awnings found on the Prevost and other big bus-type MoHos have a with sensor (anemometer) on the top of the roof for each awning. They feed information into a microprocessor that will retract the awning at a pre-set wind speed. This is set by a variable control located deep inside the PC board. It ranges from 12 mph to 30mph. The factory default setting is 22mph read for a constant 20 seconds, not a gust. Anything over that will void the warranty.

Having said that, if your awning starts to flap or buck beyond your comfort level.....bring it in! Also, I usually don't leave mine out after I retire due to the possibility of a sudden rain, which might damage it form water weight.

Wow! That's a lot of wind Lew! We normally use 25 mph as the point where "whitecaps" start forming on waves. I would have folded up long before that! We use to have a 12 x 12 screen room that was tough as nails! It was held up by shock cords looped over horizontal aluminum ridge poles. I've watched that room lay over 3 to 4 feet to one side - with the shock cords stretched to 3 times their length - only to bounce right back upright when the wind stopped blowing. Unfortunately, out Airstream awnings are attached to the rigid body of the Airstream. Not very forgiving!
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Nope!

They'd probably get ripped right off the body!
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Also a good idea if you winter camp to roll it in too. Even a few inch or so across say an awning on a 30' will bend the roll. Ask Norby!

Luckily, Zip Dee is right down the street!
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