Originally Posted by dblee1950
The arms on my manual awning are so fragile looking, it would be Nice to have a beefier structure
I agree! When the awning is out, I support it against 'windy' by using two or three ratchet straps, (twisted to prevent flutter) attached at the top by the hook, and the ground by screw-in pegs, similar to what one would use to attach a dog's leash. The third one may be the pull down strap attached to a picnic table, or a third twist-in peg.
On the ends of the fabric, I have clamps on bungee cords to hold the fabric from flapping. The bungees are wrapped around the rafter.
Seems to work pretty well.
Look after your equipment, it will look after you.
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