Wind took my awning today

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John From Detroit

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My hardware is fine, but the fabric is starting to de-laminate on the end close to the front of my Class A.. Maybe 2' or so, and got much worse the last time I drove it... I'm afraid the wind, while driving, will catch it, and pull the whole awning out.. So it needs to be replaced... Would this be covered by my insurance, now, before a real accident happens? .. Also can you add the metal guard to an awning that didn't have one before?.. A guy at Camping World said that I would have to change out the whole awing when I replaced the fabric on my old 5er... Maybe just tring to upsell me?

There are many places you can get new fabric. Including most MAJOR Rv places and any tent company. The places that make 'em not put 'em up
 

Forester

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The more I hear these stories, the more I think I did the right thing with mine.

When I was in Organ Pipe Cactus Nat'L Monument, AZ I was BSing with the guy next to me in an Airstream. Very basic, no awning, no slideouts. I told him my awning story and he was quick to mention "I would not take a manual awning for free and nobody could pay me enough to take an electric awning." He said similar things about slideouts. But I think his info. could be old there, as they have made improvements slide-outs over the years. But not so much with the awnings.

The cost isn't the issue, at least not to me. The issue is being stuck somewhere with a broken awning that won't go in.

Mostly useless weight, IMO. At least to me.

I can see why the rented out RVs don't usually have awnings. Probably the number one thing to get a person stuck where parked. --first thing to crap out in my new RV-first long trip. And I wouldn't put on a new one for free. In fact, they couldn't now pay me enough to have one. . .

-Don- Reno, NV
Yep, we hate RV awnings. First thing we did when we bought the 1997 coach was roll out the stained, moldy, torn and stinking awning so I could cut it off and remove the battered hardware.
They always mold and hold water after a rain even rolled up and you constantly have to roll them up even to go for a walk here in Wyoming because the wind comes up fast and rips them off the RV before you can get back. I would never waste my money on a replacement. Just our opinion. We just use a pop-up shade shelter if we need shade and that can be staked down.
 

Pedro Dog

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I really like ours. Manual and fully adjustable with legs attached to RV or staked down on ground. I can roll out full length or not, as much as needed. It can be deployed in any angle needed by lowering one side and not the other.

If windy, roll it in. No issues for us. Never leave out when we are gone or overnight.
 

LMHS

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I decided against installing an awning on my bus. Somehow the awning on my Class C was never really in the right place. A tree was often in the way. And there was the wind problem, not to mention snow and ice in winter. When it rained, we didn't stay outside.

When we had our Apache Solid State popup, we didn't like the "bag awning" that came with it. So we bought a heavy duty free standing popup awning (EZ UP brand I think) that had a gable roof. The original cover didn't last very long but since it was a gable roof, we simply bought the silver tarps and replaced them as needed. It was used year round and held up to rain and wind much better than awnings.

When we moved to NM, we discovered that awnings were almost useless due to the desert winds. But we wanted shade since trees are almost non-existent. And the trees that do exist are pretty pathetic for shade. And then I discovered shade cloth tarps. The mesh shade cloth is much better than the cheaper fluffy type shade cloth.

I currently have a 10x20 "portable" car canopy next to my bus. It's not terribly "portable" as it weighs a lot. It's more like "semi-permanent". I bought two 10x12 90% Shade Cloths with Grommets to use in place of the cover that came with the car canopy. I have it held down with ratchet straps hooked from the frame to spiral pet anchors. I bought the ones I use from Dollar Tree, when they would get them in. I have one on each corner, two at each of the center sides and one on the peak of each gable end. This helps to keep the "mild" 30 to 70mph daily winds from blowing it away. A shade cloth lasts 12 months in the desert sun & wind. But it provides shade and in a light sprinkling rains, it stays kinda dry. I do have to brush the snow off in the winter. My ratchet straps have lasted 4 years, so far. I also have straps that run the length to help hold the frame together in the wind (I didn't want to drill holes in the tubing to bolt it). The lengthwise straps are under the canopy. I have 4 straps that run on the top of the shade cloth over the peak. The lengthwise straps help the weight of the snow/ice from putting too much weight on the shade cloth. The straps on top help to hold the shade cloth down when the wind blows so hard. I have learned that metal zip ties hold up best to long term exposure to weather (ball bungees last about 2 months before they start popping during high wind). I've had the canopy hold together in 85mph gusting wind (we live less than 1 mile from an airport and they report the weather).

When I first got the canopy (it was a return and supposed to be put in the garbage), I only put up one half and used only one shade cloth. I wanted to make sure it would work out. I also had a tree in the way at that campground. When we moved to a different campground, I put up both sections of the canopy. I do have another canopy in storage (another return). So I could put them all together and maybe one day I will be someplace that I will do just that. In the meanwhile, I think that shade cloths are great and if I ever get another camper that has an awning, I'm pretty sure I will replace the fabric with 90% shade cloth.
 

Jeff in Ferndale Wa

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The problem with awnings is the wind. You have to lock down the roller so it can't be unfurled. After our awning was blown off in a Texas wind, I went with this place to make sure it never happens again. If you were in traffic and it blew off, it could damage, hurt or kill someone. I think for a piece of mind, locking down your awning is an important thing to do. I have no stock in this company or don't know the people personally just haven't had any problems after buying this simple device. --AL


I just use a velcro strap on each arm that I took from a bag of straps I got on Amazon:
 

camperAL

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Hi Jeff in Ferndale Wa,

While that will keep the arms from coming down while traveling, It won't keep the awning roller from unfurling. The Rollar has to be pinned so it won't roll. Drive in the right wind and it WILL come out again on you. Best!
 

ButchW

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I'd continue asking around, have any pictures for the group? ShadePro might bee an option, I know others have mentioned other companies but I don't see why you'd have to change your WHOLE awning including hardware when you just want to replace the fabric awning part. I always thought you can order the awning fabric and replace old stuff. I won't ever step foot in Camping World but that's just my opinion. I have never had any good experiences with them and now their CEO wants certain people that don't think like him to stay out of his stores so I'm good with my family owned dealership, parts and service down the road from us
Here is a picture... Should my insurance take care of it?... Or is it out of pocket?... By the way, should I go vinyl or acrylic on the replacement, here in So. Cal.?
Butch

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LMHS

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You need a metal weathershield, Protects the awning while rolled up. I believe you can buy then after market.
 

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