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Old 07-05-2010, 06:17 PM   #1
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Will my awning blow away??

2009 Flying Cloud 25ft/ ZipDee Awning. I am a recent fulltimer and would love to leave my awning out most of the time. I live in the front range of the rocky mountains and wind gusting is a problem. Any recommendations for re-enforcing awning? Guy lines on the front? Or just deal with it and reel it in every night, when I leave, etc.
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:34 PM   #2
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I like to put mine away if Im not near it. Better safe than sorry
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Old 07-05-2010, 06:40 PM   #3
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One system that may help is a tie down system, straps,springs and screw in anchors,it will help,but a good wind will still rip it off.Best bet if there is a chance of wind,roll up the awning.Dave
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hi movin'

tie downs are a BAD idea.

adding a center support arm (like on the long trailers) is a marginally better idea.

the best approach to LEAVING it out is FULLY tension the spring arms and LOWER one end...

so that rain doesn't kill it.

it will also FLAP and rattle less is fully tensioned.

can these things survive high winds?

sure and here's proof...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f161...ted-17997.html

but it' is SO MUCH wiser to just roller up when away OR when wind happens.

takes 2 minutes max, since latching isn't really needed.

i suspect many get damaged by winds or water so roll that flapper UP...

lastly there are OTHER BITS that can fall victim to highflyingair...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f478...ght-21268.html

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Old 07-05-2010, 07:45 PM   #5
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I have to agree with 2air. I have been thru the experience of having my awning torn off and thrown over the trailer arms and all. I was there but not quick enough. It damaged the arms and the trailer where it tore the rivets right out of the skin.
So unless you want to deal with a very expensive replacement or repair,take a minute and retract it before you leave. You will get so good at it, you can do the whole operation by yourself in less than 2 minutes. I really think its worth 2 minutes of your time.
Be safe DONT LET WHAT HAPPEN TO ME HAPPEN TO YOU!
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Old 07-05-2010, 07:48 PM   #6
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2009 Flying Cloud 25ft/ ZipDee Awning. I am a recent fulltimer and would love to leave my awning out most of the time. I live in the front range of the rocky mountains and wind gusting is a problem. Any recommendations for re-enforcing awning? Guy lines on the front? Or just deal with it and reel it in every night, when I leave, etc.
You can always add a "center support".

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Yes - your awning will blow away and beat the tar out of your nice Airstream, to boot.

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Old 07-05-2010, 08:37 PM   #8
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Put it away

I saw one get ripped off at Bozeman two years ago. A quick thunderstorm that caught everybody off guard. He had bad damage, while nobody else did. It takes one bad gust in the wrong spot. I have never leave my awning unattended since.
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When I bought my trailer last year, the PO (OO, actually), showed me the bill for having a brand new Zip-Dee installed, arms and all.

Wanna know why he had to replace it...?
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Old 07-05-2010, 10:33 PM   #10
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Where you are, roll it up when you retire in the evening, and when you are not there. It only takes a minute or two. You don't have to secure it with the wheel locks, just don't forget them when you hook up.
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I think about those times when I am in wind...and am holding an umbrella. (you know how that does) and those awnings will do the same thing...so why take chances---be smart and leave it coiled if you do not really need it or at the least pull it IN to where it's about four feet or so out and NOT all the way. You will be sorry! If you figure lightly about having it out and the un-expected happens.
I got so blasted MAD when ours tore loose so I got a razor blade and cut the thing off! Later we took the whole mechanical works off too. ...Anyway---that's my story -- and I'm stickin to it!
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it would appear from the other threads started today...

and this one...

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f353...ase-65216.html

you plan to FULL TIME in ONE SPOT.

if this is true, skip using the patio awning.

build a small deck/side porch with a roof for shade.

at elevation the awning fabric will take a beating.

and the cloth will dry out and fade from high dry air and uv.

rain will seldom be an issue so a deck with some sorta roof makes good sense.
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this is a REPEAT of gene's suggestion from the other thread...

there is a BIG section here on full time living, winter living and the various COMMON issues like...

skirting, pipe/water line protection, windows, heating (the need for a LARGE LP tank) tires/protection, blocks, power, heat LOSS and so on...

the a/s is designed as a TRAVEL trailer.

yes stationary living is possible and some do do that.

but compromises dominate when parked long long long term.

and some locations are harder on streams than others (think mild/moderate vs 4 extreme seasons)...

many of the misc items used LIVING ON THE ROAD can be replaced with MORE DURABLE solutions for parked living.

hoses, drain pipes, ( a big LP TANK), pipe wrap, power connections.

in fact living FULL TIME in colorado, i would PUT THE STREAM under FULL coverage (pole barn, quonset hut)

again, dig in and read,

then try to STUMP us with questions not already covered/exposed/riddled and solved...

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