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Old 01-04-2015, 08:43 AM   #1
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Wind speed to roll em up

In Houston today and the wind speeds are expected to be around 15-20 mph this afternoon from the north. We are facing south.

What is the wind speed that you roll up your awnings?
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Old 01-04-2015, 08:48 AM   #2
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There is a saying in sailing. If you think you need to take in some sail, it is probably too late. Lesson, be proactive. Personally I am still at that awning paranoid stage. I try to take mine in before the wind might be a problem regardless of the wind speed.
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I roll ours up whenever I can't feel the windspeed (15mph)...... away from the site or inside sleeping.

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Old 01-04-2015, 08:54 AM   #4
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Before the winds pick up...

15-20mph and gusting to ???

I would roll it up, better safe than $orry.

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Old 01-04-2015, 09:41 AM   #5
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Do ya'll carry wind speed indicators?
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:43 AM   #6
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I do as others have mentioned - that is, I roll it in whenever I hear it banging around of feel it in the trailer! No idea what wind seed that would correspond to though.

As well, unless it is dead calm and no forecast for weather issues, I roll it in whenver we are leaving the trailer for more than an hour or so just to be on the safe side.

A bit of a pain if I have LED lights clipped to the awning, but a lot less of a pain than replacing an awning!

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PS - I have also on occasion used tie downs to better secure the awning on a somewhat breezy day. I use extra heavy bungees on the ends of the roller along with and those large spiral things you screw into the ground.

But I still would not leave it out even it tied down that way if we were going to be leaving the trailer for any length of time.
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Old 01-04-2015, 09:47 AM   #7
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And what would ZipDee recommend?
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Old 01-04-2015, 10:13 AM   #8
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Another consideration is the size of your awning. Little ones handle bigger wind than large ones.

An 8 foot awning on a Bambi with a tie down will be almost indestructable. I put my 20ft up whenever my good friend Bob (nicknamed "Southwind") comes over to my camp.
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And what would ZipDee recommend?
Good question, let use know what they tell you.
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From 45 years of sailing experience: "If you're not using it, stow it." A rule we had is if 20 minutes passes and you aren't in it, under it, on it, or through it, then stow it.
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Wind speed to roll em up

From one of the windiest places you'd ever experience:

Agreed about awning size. My TTs have been over 33' with accompanying long units. The following pertains particularly to them.

The wind will whip the awning, a wave-like ripple. Once an arm breaks off it is dangerous. Flailing.

I have used any and all types of securement including up to four guy lines. All can fail. I have kept the awning up in steady 20+ mph winds. If nothing else one is placing a strain on fabric and attachment points. Experiment over.

One can have too much strain in favor of guy lines versus what TT attachment points can handle. Gives new meaning to the word "pop" to hear that fabric whip and metal creak. The trailer will rock due the awning alone.

Unless one is outdoors with the awning in a medium breeze, roll it up. Mine is huge so I understand the reluctance. Higher the wind the harder it is to roll without error, too.

If one leaves the trailer even for short trip roll it up. I inspected damage to a TT where the short trip turned into two hours due to a wreck in traffic. The winds came up and an arm broke. Skin tears, dents and a broken window. Imagine the arm flailing the body at the end of a loose sail.

When one retires for the night, same thing. We were awakened during a flash flood where water came close to the trailer belly. I can just imagine needing to roll that monster in wind and rain at 0400. Trying to get the truck back into the hitch on shifting gravel was hard enough. Who was to know a minor levee had failed?

I love having a full set of awnings. Intact and functioning. Better they are rolled and stored if the question comes up.
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Old 01-04-2015, 03:29 PM   #13
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The chain is only as strong as the weakest link.

If you tie down, your are inviting something else to give.

Keep an eye and ear on the awning. close it when you get nervous, or when there is a weather alert

Close it when you can't get back quick.

I have camped at a place called Wind Gap. Motorhomes would always put there
awnings angled down at half mast, about 3 feet off of the ground. A very quick but not very best way to do it
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Our four awnings only go out on very calm days. I watch surrounding trees and awnings and if there is movement, we secure ours. Better safe than sorry.
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From 45 years of sailing experience: "If you're not using it, stow it." A rule we had is if 20 minutes passes and you aren't in it, under it, on it, or through it, then stow it.
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The Zip Dee rep suggested/recommended that if you're not sitting outside under the awning, enjoying the shade, or preparing to sit under the awning... then the awning needs to be stowed.

He (the rep) told me in no uncertain terms - do not leave the trailer for the day, for the afternoon, for the hour without putting the awning away. The awning is intended for use as a sunscreen, not protection from rain and wind.

The street side awning is a little different story. It can withstand quite a bit more wind but even the street side awning is not indestructible.
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:10 PM   #16
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"Our four awnings only go out on very calm days. I watch surrounding trees and awnings and if there is movement, we secure ours. Better safe than sorry." That's pretty much what we do. We have one large patio awning, one somewhat larger awning, and four small awnings. Two of those small awnings are under the patio awning, so we have the option of just providing shade for the windows or shade for a patio. The five small awnings have quite a angle to them when out, so rain runs off easily. The patio awning has a much shallower angle, so rain can pool on it easily. For that reason the patio awning is out only when we're home AND the forecast is severe clear. When the wind gets to about 15 mph I'll bring in the patio awning (if out). When the wind gets to about 25 mph all awnings come in.
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Old 01-04-2015, 06:23 PM   #17
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Some folks seem to think it is something that you have to put up in order to not be banished to hell or something like that. It you are not using, it put it up. Most of the time we are in the shade anyway and don't need the thing. It is a pain to put up. If the awning is pointing down wind and it is parallel to the ground, it should not hurt it to see 15 MPH winds. The wind can excert a hugh amount of force on the supports and brackets. The brackets will work loose over time and cause leaks and other problems.

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Old 02-09-2015, 12:35 PM   #18
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When we had A&E and CareFree awnings we learned to put them in anytime there was wind enough to ruffle our hair even a little. With our 1985 23' ZIP Dee we are sitting in Alabama right now along the coast with 15 to 20 MPH winds and have it angled down on one end into the wind and no problem. ZIP Dee even says to take them in when when it gets to windy for you. Just one of the many reasons we won't ever buy another brand: these things are built to last AND they keep making any part you need for them.
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Old 02-09-2015, 12:44 PM   #19
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Awnings in the wind

For those of us who have the power patio awning, or at least for me, I will sometimes not have it out at all. Use is only when I want to be shaded from the sun and with the stories about the power patio awning failures, I certainly do not want any extra strain on it.

The other awnings seem to be very sturdy, but once again, in a heavy storm it is always good to be a bit conservative.

Simply good judgement might be the best preventative to damage.
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2 years ago at Aluma Fandango a bunch of fellow Airstreamers had their awnings out. It was clear and sunny, when they went site seeing .

A few hours later a rain storm blew in while they were still out, fortunately for most a fellow ran from trailer to trailer retracting awnings but he couldn't get to all of them.

One Zip Dee collapsed when the roller and arms bent in half from the water on the awning, it wasn't rigged for wet weather .

Thanks to George M. Sutton RV the event sponsor, they had a tech on site and they brought a new Zip Dee from the store and installed it on site. The guy that owned it learned an expensive lesson that day and everyone else learned to put them away when not under them.

Last year Sutton's tech guy helped retract a new Zip Dee power awning that failed after 3 uses. He had to disassemble the motor from the arm, roll in the awning and reassemble so the guy could travel. I wonder if the guy went manual after that or had it replaced under warrantee.
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