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landshark27

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Posted: 05/06/11 02:26pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi.
Does anyone have an opinion on the use of tiedowns for awnings?
I have a new Shadow Cruiser with electric awning. The dealer says he does not recommend tieing the awning down when open but many of our camping friends always use tiedowns.
I always used tiedowns and deflappers on our old traier (a coleman with an indoor pool)
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Have a great camping season.

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Posted: 05/06/11 02:32pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a manual awning and always use tiedowns. New Mexico is windy.


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Posted: 05/06/11 02:34pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a tiedown set but hardly use them. When we leave the tt for any extended period of time we always retract it. Seen too many destroyed by the wind when people are gone for the day.

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Posted: 05/06/11 02:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it is windy enough for "tie downs", I will put the awning up. Too much risk in IMHO.


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Don't know alot about the electric awnings.But when @ the beach I always use 2 deflappers on each side and tiedowns.I put the pigtail anchor in the ground,attach a small bungee cord,then attach the ratchet strap too this.It usually is windy around here @ the beach and the awning provides some much needed shade.


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Posted: 05/06/11 03:10pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Tie downs are great when:

You are trying to minimize the 'minor' flopping/noise of awning
You want to leave awn out during 'breezy' conditions
You are not expecting any 'winds'

Tie downs are a PITA when:
You leave campsite and want to put awning up
You are expecting 'winds' and need to put awning up
You want to put awning up

You have an 'electric' awning....does it automatically close when windy?
If yes...I wouldn't use tie downs.
Your switch...is it readily accessible?
If yes....I wouldn't use tie downs (somebody might accidentally hit switch)

Personally, I have used tie downs BUT found them more of hassle than worth:
Tripping hazard
Having to undo them so I can put awning up when:
I want to
Need to

So I don't use them anymore....same thing with awning lights!

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Posted: 05/06/11 03:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

landshark27 wrote:

Hi.
Does anyone have an opinion on the use of tiedowns for awnings?
I have a new Shadow Cruiser with electric awning. The dealer says he does not recommend tieing the awning down when open but many of our camping friends always use tiedowns.
I always used tiedowns and deflappers on our old traier (a coleman with an indoor pool)
Thanks
for any help.
Have a great camping season.


Did I read this right, a coleman with an indoor pool????


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Posted: 05/06/11 03:15pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Always use the tie down and a deflapper on each end. Nebraska is windy and you never know when a big gust will come up. Not really that tough to put up when leaving the campsite?? Let each side down a few inches, unhook and then put the awning away... I even have them out on calm and still days, no sense risking it for a few minutes work...


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The indoor pool comment refers to water problems

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I just bought an EZ Up to keep table and other stuff under while camping. That way I can put the awning in and out as needed. Too much risk of damage to the awning or mechanical parts.I used to tie down my manual awning without any issues... it was great. Now, most trailers come with these darn things.


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