When is it too windy for the awning to be out?

exploreco

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Jun 20, 2013
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Central, IL
We don't put our awning out much just because we are always worried about it blowing up. Had that happen once and have been skittish. We anyways try to keep an eye on the wind forcast.

What is considered too windy? It is going to be rainy this weekend and would like to have it out but they are also calling for 20 mph wins with gust up to 24 mph.

Going to get some better stakes, but just curious what others do.

Thanks

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Snow

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Jul 19, 2007
11,899
Ontario
When you see the people in the big rigs rolling up the awning or staking them down, it is time to do the same ..

Replaced our awning fabric last spring cause I didn't stake down or roll up when I noticed the others had put theirs away .. lesson learned ...
 

gruss

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May 6, 2014
1,252
Also curious but I always put mine out. I've had to stake it a couple times but wondering about what the limit is?
 

exploreco

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Jun 20, 2013
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Central, IL
Snow said:
When you see the people in the big rigs rolling up the awning or staking them down, it is time to do the same ..

Replaced our awning fabric last spring cause I didn't stake down or roll up when I noticed the others had put theirs away .. lesson learned ...
That is good advice. Although big rigs have a more substantial system, they all seem to pull then in at the same time. Ours has the option to just attach the poles to the side of the pup, which is convenient, but the wind has pulled it out more easily. Thinking that staking is the most secure way to go.

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shelmily

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Jun 7, 2012
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Northeast Pennsylvania
The other thing to remember is big rigs have much stronger awning hardware, and can handle more abuse. I don't think there is any specific wind speed that you should worry about, the right gust or direction of wind can take it out at any time. I almost always had mine out when I had a pup, but would not hesitate to put it down if I felt uncomfortable leaving it up. Better to be safe than sorry.
 

Fleetwood Max

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Aug 14, 2005
665
St Louis. Mo
I myself prefer the manual awnings, and here is why..
When we first started camping in the pup, I saw a RV and a pup lose awning's due to high winds...no one home at the RV and the pup had cement flower pots to hold the awning down..not a good outcome...since we like to have our awning in carport setting, I decided to just use ratchet straps to, for lack of better words, tie the awning down..The RV I have now has the electric awning (no legs) but I will still ratchet it down sometimes to stakes...
 

Snow

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Jul 19, 2007
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Ontario
shelmily said:
The other thing to remember is big rigs have much stronger awning hardware, and can handle more abuse.

In a way they do.. and if they are putting away the awning so should someone with less of an awning..

Many of the newer big rigs all have (as an option at least) automatic awnings... meaning if the wind gets to a certain point (awning flaping and skew'ed to a certain point) the awning will automatically retract.. Also a reason why you see many of these rigs with built in LED lighting outside, since the auto retract system doesn't work to good when tacky lights are hanging off the awning..
 

ac1oz

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Mar 18, 2015
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i think if you are contemplating whether or not it is too windy, then it is too windy.

better safe than sorry.
 

RotnMom

Am I there yet?
Apr 4, 2011
4,121
I just purchased an awning tie-down set. Until now, I just relied on my 'feeling' of the weather. If I had ANY doubt, I just retracted it. Hoping I can leave it out a little longer with the tie-down set.

Good luck!!

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tcanthonyii

Super Active Member
Jun 29, 2010
910
When is it too windy for the awning to be out?

I stake mine down with GOOD stakes. Not cheesy wire stakes or nail stakes. I use a three sided stake. Mine went through a microburst last weekend unscathed. Can't say the same for my 10x20 car port.

I also have a screened in porch so mine basically stays out all the time. Our awning really becomes cooking central.


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64osby

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May 11, 2015
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We used straps to anchor one end to the picnic table and the other end to a 5 gallon bucket filled with water. It held tight in 20 to 30 mph winds. Also lowered the side that the wind was blowing from to get more down force than up.
 

Cottie Brown

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Feb 24, 2014
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64osby said:
We used straps to anchor one end to the picnic table and the other end to a 5 gallon bucket filled with water. It held tight in 20 to 30 mph winds. Also lowered the side that the wind was blowing from to get more down force than up.

Where do you hook the straps on your awning? Can't find a good place to hook mine.
 

Milktrk

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Apr 17, 2014
329
I had my awning ripped off in a quick forming storm, I had the thought I should take it down but by the time I got back to the site the wind had done its damage. I didn't have it staked down, so now I stake it with the spiral stakes if the CG allows it- I think I like the 5 gallon idea that's at least 40+ pounds that you don't have to account into your tow weight.
 

64osby

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May 11, 2015
243
Cootie Brown said:
Where do you hook the straps on your awning? Can't find a good place to hook mine.

We have an older one and can hook right over the corners, where the upright and the vertical supports all come together.
 

exploreco

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Jun 20, 2013
1,505
Central, IL
tfischer said:
I try not to camp where I can see any big rigs, at least near our site.
I feel like I see less and less pop ups every time we go camping. Not always big rigs around, just not many pups.

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teejaywhy

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Jul 19, 2011
1,425
We stake our awning with guy lines up to each corner. Never had a problem with wind. If I was worried about having to take it down if it got windy, I would never bother to put it up in the first place.

On the bluff at Carlsbad State Beach - popup awning and EZ-up guyed and staked.

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