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M.R.E.

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Posted: 05/14/20 12:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have a Columbus 5th wheel with an electric awning that I tie down with ratchet straps. I was told you shouldn't do this because you can bend the tube unless you have a spring mounted on the end of the straps. Is this true ?


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Posted: 05/14/20 12:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Unless your ratchet strap is in the middle of the awning, and I have no idea how you would do that, you can't bend the tube. Now if you decide to go crazy ratcheting it tight with a strap attached to each end of the tube, you could literally pull the support arms off the trailer or bend the arms.
Or do like I did.... I ratchet strap from the ends of the tube back to the trailer frame on the front end and the trailer wheel on the back of the awning. My mistake was I did this before putting out the living/dining room slide. When the slide got put out it bent the arm on the awning.


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I have a strap on each end anchored to screw in anchors in the ground.

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Posted: 05/14/20 01:20pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would be more concerned about putting pressure on the gear assembly then bending the tube.


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Just not a good idea , things get bent in the wind. I never leave mine when it’s out , and if it starts to get a little windy we bring it in . Seen too many get ruined in the wind . Ju

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cummins2014 wrote:

Just not a good idea , things get bent in the wind. I never leave mine when it’s out , and if it starts to get a little windy we bring it in . Seen too many get ruined in the wind . Ju


Gimme manual awnings, any day!

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I use the ratchet tie downs as well, and have springs attached to the screw ground anchors Have not had a problem in 12 years and have been thru a couple of wind storms


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schlep1967 wrote:

Unless your ratchet strap is in the middle of the awning, and I have no idea how you would do that, you can't bend the tube. Now if you decide to go crazy ratcheting it tight with a strap attached to each end of the tube, you could literally pull the support arms off the trailer or bend the arms.
Or do like I did.... I ratchet strap from the ends of the tube back to the trailer frame on the front end and the trailer wheel on the back of the awning. My mistake was I did this before putting out the living/dining room slide. When the slide got put out it bent the arm on the awning.


Well not an electric awning, but 21’ manual awning and three ratchet straps one at each end and one in the middle. The one in the middle is attached using two of the straps in the link. All straps just snug, awning out almost 24/7/365 as we are full time park host. If wind gets too bad I will take it in, but not too often.
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laknox wrote:

cummins2014 wrote:

Just not a good idea , things get bent in the wind. I never leave mine when it’s out , and if it starts to get a little windy we bring it in . Seen too many get ruined in the wind . Ju


Gimme manual awnings, any day!

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I’ve seen a couple pretty healthy men nearly lifted off their feet trying to get a manual awning in when the wind suddenly come up in Montana , when mine was already in pushing the electric switch . I’ve had both ,and I have to say I’ll stick with power awnings .

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Why tie it down >??? Just hit a button and retract it if leaving... If it's windy... whenever...

I used to tie my manual awning down, will not tie my electric awning down, it's just too easy to put it in.....


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