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Old 08-19-2011, 03:13 PM   #21
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Skye and I left our awning up and went a mile or so down to the river at Pedernales Falls State Park (TX). Horrible wind hit and I knew we were on trouble. When we got back the awning was still attached but check out the bracket. I think the only reason it was still on the trailer was we had ratcheted it down to stakes in the ground.
Luckily, there were perfect trees for "SLOWLY" working the support arm back into shape. And you gotta luv doing repairs on site. But I still think there may be some internal damage to the Zip Dee, seems to have a bit more slop when unrolling and rolling it up.
Never again we will leave it up when we leave, and I like the advice of rolling it up at night.
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:23 PM   #22
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Although this is an old post I would like to say I have been doing this for years with no ill effect to the awning on my CCD. Common sense dictates that you do not leave the awning out unattended. As far as how fast you can put the awning away with it ground staked - I'm sure I can do it as fast as the regular setup attached to the side of the AS. I have a quick release pin for the ground mount and the AS bracket (yes, one in each location so I do not have to worry about dropping it and picking it up in a wind). I know I have done the quick retraction faster than many neighbors who have three strings of lights, pool noodles on the arms and a wind sock attached to their awnings. I've seen many a RV'er out in a rain storm pulling that stuff off and mine is tucked away safely. So, maybe they do not recommend this method but it does work and keeps me from walking into and damaging the arm that way.
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