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Old 04-26-2020, 06:15 PM   #41
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I learned early on that if you leave your awning out overnight, the wind will pick up and you'll have to get out of bed to stow it.

If you stow the awning before going to bed, the wind will remain calm.

And we never leave it out and unattended.

Similarly, if you leave the city water hose connected, and the hose bib turned on overnight, the plumbing will leak, and the rug will be wet when you get up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom.

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Old 04-27-2020, 12:37 AM   #42
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Manual Zip-Dee Awning and wind gusts

Murphy’s Law in action. Or “Mogwai” (Cantonese) mucking about in the works.

Gremlins, in English. Loved that movie, because it explained so many things that spontaneously happen.
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Old 04-27-2020, 08:33 AM   #43
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It was a beautiful day in Amish Country when my wife and I decided to head out for a bike ride. There was no wind when we left and the forecast was for sunny and calm. Our 27FB has a manual awning. I decided to set the awning to Caravan - that’s the 1/2 rolled up setting - just in case. Well a few hours later we came back to the Airstream to find that the RV park experienced a mini wind storm and scores of vehicles had their awnings spread across the tops of their trailers - including ours. Our front awning bracket was badly bent but other than that everything was in good order. The repair was not difficult, but the lesson I learned is when you leave your Airstream for any length of time, roll up your awning. Better safe than sorry.
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Old 04-27-2020, 08:36 AM   #44
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I remember being at a race track where the fans often lashed an "Easy-Up" canopy to the roof of their RV and watched the race from there. I think it was Texas, but the wind came up suddenly and one EZ-UP was sucked up into the air. It was beautiful, about 75' in the air tumbling over and over the crowd. Then I realized it would come down soon and potentially kill someone. "RUN!"
It did come down, missed everyone thankfully, but ended up in a jumble of twisted aluminum and fabric.
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Old 05-02-2020, 09:02 AM   #45
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We always bring ours in at night. We have seen too many damaged awnings.
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Old 05-02-2020, 09:57 AM   #46
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Yep, an unattended awning is a magnet for wind gusts. If we're not going to be there, or if we're going to bed, the awning is brought in first. Your awning, your money, but that's our rule for us.
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Old 05-02-2020, 10:05 AM   #47
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I learned my lesson.
Don't need to remind me.
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Old 05-02-2020, 02:09 PM   #48
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We use paracord hooked on the arms and tied off to 6 gallon water jugs on each side. 50ish lbs of water seems to stabilize the awnings well in Moabs wind gust. To hot here not to have the shade. And I feel more secure that I have a moment to get to it and retract in heavier gust.
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