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Post by Quilter on Wed Mar 06, 2019 8:42 pm

Does anyone use one of these with their awning ? 

Does it really stop the fabric of a properly pegged down awning flapping in moderate winds ?  Is it any better than storm straps across the full width of the awning ?
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Post by IanH on Wed Mar 06, 2019 9:53 pm

I have one, currently for sale, and yes it does what you ask, however, the awning still needs straps.
If you want it, PM me,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Post by Quilter on Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:57 am

IanH wrote:I have one, currently for sale, and yes it does what you ask, however, the awning still needs straps.
If you want it, PM me,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,
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Thanks Ian. We’d not heard of them until yesterday when I read a blog where someone had bought one but there is no mention of how they got on with it. My question was more out of interest: are they any more effective than what we already have ?
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Post by Bad Penny on Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:30 am

I think with your length MH you don't really need one, unless you leave the awning out in the rain. This would then stop the water build up in the centre of the roof where it tends to sag. You would also need the fittings to go with the rafter. I have a 4.5metre awning and do use the rafter with this one for stability. Hope this answers your query.

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Post by Paramedic on Thu Mar 07, 2019 9:53 am

I think we would have purchase this given the extra rigidity applied to the awning arms that also put tension on the fabric that readily dispelled rain water. Despite storm straps, any wind especially at night would disturb our sleep with the movement of the awning arms and flapping of the fabric.  When imminent high winds were forecast, awning was put away. For this reason, we changed to an air awning that does not require the van awning to be deployed so no more worries about noise or damage because the Kampa Motor Rally Pro does not move and can withstand high winds.

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Post by Weegie on Thu Mar 07, 2019 10:46 am

We have a Thule Omnistor Awning and it comes with ones of these rafters.

https://www.thule.com/en-gb/gb/motorhome-accessories/awning-accessories/thule-tension-rafter-g2-200-m-wall-_-307307

It mounts between the van and the awning, instead of across the awning, so allows the awning fabric to be wound tight.

Mentioned only as a possible alternative.

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Post by Quilter on Thu Mar 07, 2019 11:44 am

Thank you all. Lots to think about there and my questions answered.
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Post by Bad Penny on Thu Mar 07, 2019 4:04 pm

Hi Quilter, having lost two awnings over the years, one in Rome and one in Greece,  on both occasions it went from a calm day to a blustery one while we were out sightseeing. People  tried to save them but unfotunately it was too late. One of them was on the same MH as you have, on that occasion one of the support arms snapped. I don't think they are now as strong as they once were. Maybe to keep weight down. 

My point is, I never leave the awning out now unless in attendance, even overnight. 

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Post by Quilter on Thu Mar 07, 2019 5:07 pm

Bad Penny wrote:Hi Quilter, having lost two awnings over the years, one in Rome and one in Greece,  on both occasions it went from a calm day to a blustery one while we were out sightseeing. People  tried to save them but unfotunately it was too late. One of them was on the same MH as you have, on that occasion one of the support arms snapped. I don't think they are now as strong as they once were. Maybe to keep weight down. 

My point is, I never leave the awning out now unless in attendance, even overnight. 

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We don’t Leighton. I think I can honestly say that ours is probably more like a fiddler’s elbow than any other awning on any site. We were more impressed by the ability, as is advertised, to stop the irritating flapping of the fabric even with light winds.
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Post by harrysp on Thu Mar 07, 2019 8:05 pm

We too put the awning away at the slightest breeze. Unless we need shade we don’t use it all and don’t leave it unsupervised. We are thinking of getting a Kampa awning for next winter’s Spain trip. Neighbours had one this year in Spain and we were very impressed. Good to hear your views Paramedic.

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