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Old 10-27-2008, 09:25 AM   #1
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On the way home over the weekend on our last trip before winter storage we drove in the worst wind that I have ever experienced in the MH. Just before leaving the camp ground our camping partner's wife Darlene asked me if I had tied the awing arms with zip ties. I told her no that I had never had a problem.
So she gave me two zip ties and said to tie the awning arms anyway. I took her advice and tied the arms as high as I could. About 40 miles from home my wife noticed that the awning had come loose. When we stopped we discovered that the awning had come unlatched and the only thing holding it was those zip ties. It was too windy to bring the awning out and roll it back up. So I tied it at the very top with more zip ties.

I think I have just become a firm believer on the aftermarket latches that are offered.
This winter I am going to research what is available and install something in the spring.

I am looking for suggestions and what is available.

I hate to think what could have happened and the potential liability.
Thanks to Darlene.
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:25 AM   #2
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On the way home over the weekend on our last trip before winter storage we drove in the worst wind that I have ever experienced in the MH. Just before leaving the camp ground our camping partner's wife Darlene asked me if I had tied the awing arms with zip ties. I told her no that I had never had a problem.
So she gave me two zip ties and said to tie the awning arms anyway. I took her advice and tied the arms as high as I could. About 40 miles from home my wife noticed that the awning had come loose. When we stopped we discovered that the awning had come unlatched and the only thing holding it was those zip ties. It was too windy to bring the awning out and roll it back up. So I tied it at the very top with more zip ties.

I think I have just become a firm believer on the aftermarket latches that are offered.
This winter I am going to research what is available and install something in the spring.

I am looking for suggestions and what is available.

I hate to think what could have happened and the potential liability.
Thanks to Darlene.
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Old 10-27-2008, 09:42 AM   #3
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Looks like some wise lady saved your awning. I suspect dinner will be on you next time out.
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:06 AM   #4
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The sponsor of this website is one possible source for the Awning Saver. Good products, good service, prompt delivery.
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Old 10-27-2008, 10:10 AM   #5
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I use one from this site Awning Lock on my 1999 Chieftain.
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:06 AM   #6
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That's really some good information to have. Thanks a lot! I saw a RV in Tucson last March alongside the road with his awning all over the place. That was scary and I'd forgotten all about it
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Old 10-27-2008, 11:51 AM   #7
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Great suggestions for the locks! We live in the Oklahoma Panhandle and experience wind too often! We have often wondered just how much movement our awnings were experiencing. We have had two instances while on the road and another while parked here at home when one awning must have deployed slightly as was evidenced by the strap off the awning tube and wrapped around the arm.
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Old 10-27-2008, 01:18 PM   #8
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This is the awning clamp I have chosen and I recently discovered in killer crosswinds on I-90 between Mitchell and Rapid City, SD that it works. The wind blew so hard from the passenger side of the coach, that it forced my big slide (on the opposite side of the coach)out 3 inches at the top at times. However, the awning stayed put.

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I had previously installed the Awning Lock but found that unless your awning rolls up to the precisely same position every time, the pin would not always fit into the hole you have drilled in the end cap.
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Old 10-27-2008, 03:05 PM   #9
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Been there and found a easy solution from people on here.
take your awning rod and rebend to extend end leg about an additional inch or two. Slip the bent leg into the awning groove where the pull cord slips into at the rear end of awning reel. Take the awning rod and strap it to the rear awning arm with anything you can hook and unhook. This insures that the reel can not rotate more than a 1/4 turn before the rod binds and breaks the rotational forces. You always have your rod handy and can't beat the price.
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Old 10-27-2008, 05:40 PM   #10
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I bought the Awning Lock directly from the manufacture owner of the product when I had a 5th wheel. This was shortly after traveling down the highway with a crosswind with gusts to 45 mph. The wind gets up under the awning and ratchets it out. I had about 5 feet of awning out and it just shredded it. I bought the awning lock, but the insurance gave me enough money to upgrade to the awning with the weather guard.

Highly recommend them for manual awnings.

I don't know how they would do on an electric one if you forgot to take it of, or even if it would fit.
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:13 PM   #11
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From the RV Upgrades ad listed above: <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Note: Do not use with automatic awinings such as the Weather Pro & Girard. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
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Old 10-27-2008, 07:42 PM   #12
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It takes a ladder each time to install or remove, but on my '97 Sothwind and now a 2004 Meridian I have used a 79 cent bungee cord to wrap around the mounting bracket then hook onto the little lever that sticks out from the roller. This adds enough additional tension to the roller to keep it from unwrapping in Oklahoma, western Kansas, Colorado, and New Mexico cross winds.
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Old 10-28-2008, 02:27 AM   #13
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Those who are suggesting awning locks that lock the roller tube are absolutely correct. Putting zip ties on the arms only solves part of the problem.

Even with the arms locked, the roller tube and the awning fabric can still unroll. There is a pawl that is supposed to engage to prevent this, but the pawl can wear or can vibrate out of position and allow the wind to unroll the fabric, usually with disastrous results.

There are many locks on the market that prevent unwanted movement of the roller tube as well as some pretty effective homemade solutions. IMO, everyone with a manual awning should have a lock that prevents the roller tube from unrolling.
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Old 10-28-2008, 04:30 AM   #14
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I use the awning saver. I chose it due to the no holes drilled installation. Had it for two years now.
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