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Old 02-14-2016, 05:36 PM   #1
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Electric awnings

The Cruiser a bought recently has an electric awning. I have never had anything but manual. The structure looks quit a bit different. My question is, to any who have had them, how well do they do in wind? What would be considered to much wind speed for it?
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In my opinion they will handle a fairly stiff wind, seen them billow up til arms completely fold back against the trailer several times (fortunately it wasn't mine) & survived. You can tie them down but the fabric still flops a lot, the good thing is with the push of a button they are retracted in about 20-30 seconds.
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Much above 15 mph and I'm pulling mine in. I saw people at the campground in Florida put poles down and tie their awnings to the ground where they couldn't blow back against the trailer and leave them down all the time.
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I'm with you KingFisher. I had the pleasure of watching an awning on a prior motorhome I owned roll out completely and fold over the coach like an eyelash - One Time!! I watch her real close and if the wind acts as though it will gust - the awning comes in. At 15 mph she is flapping pretty good.
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I retract mine when it gets windy..
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We keep ours in unless it is very calm. We do not like taking chances with it.
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Old 02-15-2016, 01:42 PM   #7
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Thanks for the replies, I always worried about my manual ones and the electric looked even less strong. I will just continue to use it sparingly, Oklahoma wind is almost always above 15
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I find my electric less stronger than manuals that I've had over the years. I keep it in when windy too.
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When we are camping for an extended period of time our awning is always out and tied down. We camped in Colorado for 3 months last summer and the awning was out from the time we got there until we left at the end of September. To keep the awning from billowing up I run a nylon rope across the middle of the awning and tie it to the arms on each end. We have been doing this for several years and so far have not had a problem.
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