10 COMMON MISTAKES THAT WILL BREAK YOUR AWNING

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3. WIND’S UP? WIND IN

It doesn’t take much wind to disrupt an awning. If you start to hear it rattling or moving about in the wind, err on the side of caution and carefully roll it up, remembering that an awning is at its least secure during the middle of the process when everything is undone. Use two people if it’s hard to handle.

DO DO KNOTS
If it’s worth getting your awning out, it’s worth tying it down. Very few awnings come with one, but invest in a tie-down kit or set of guy-ropes. This is especially important if you want to have the legs on the ground. This position gets them out of the way, but sacrifices the natural rigidity of the awning’s structure. Use anti-flap devices and curved roof bars to stop the fabric flapping in the wind.

MIRROR CHECK
Don’t be the guy everyone’s watching as you drive around with your awning extended, even if you’re just repositioning your RV. It’s funny for us. Not so funny for you.

HEAVY RAIN
Water’s heavy, whether it comes in hard and fast, or slow and consistently. Don’t let water pool on your awning or it may stretch or tear the fabric, or even damage the awning’s hardware. Lower one side of the awning to let water run off, or use a curved roof rail.

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