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Old 05-17-2017, 04:42 PM   #1
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Awning Clips

OK, I know I have read issues of driving down the road and the HM awning coming out during high winds, but I just can't find it. I have such a fear of that happening with us as we will be traveling in high wind areas. I also know there are clips that can be purchased, but someone mentioned that are DYI clips. Can anyone give me info on the DYI vs purchased clips.

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Old 05-17-2017, 06:30 PM   #2
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Haven't heard or seen such clips but if you are that concerned, you could use re-usable cable ties or a strap to secure the arms if you have an awning that has a gap between the RV wall and the arm channel.
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:13 PM   #3
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I recently read a thread about this happening. It appears the issue isn't with the arms coming out but with the awning itself unspooling! Zip ties wouldn't be of help!
I think ( not 100% certain) that Camping World may sell the clamps you need.
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:24 PM   #4
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you don't mention what yr/mk/mdl coach you have, or what brand/type awning you have - are you referring to awning COVERS for the slideouts?

:awning covers for newer slide outs typically have a 'stop' that is integrated into the top of the arm, on one end. it looks like a 'finger' poking out, and as it rotates with the awning, if it tries to unfurl, it catches the 'stop' block device mounted on the side of the coach to keep it from unfurling while riding. you'll also hear a decided and loud 'rap' at the top of the coach when it ever does this... the first few times it may be a little unnerving, but at least you know it's working!
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Old 05-17-2017, 07:54 PM   #5
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OK, I know I have read issues of driving down the road and the HM awning coming out during high winds, but I just can't find it. I have such a fear of that happening with us as we will be traveling in high wind areas. I also know there are clips that can be purchased, but someone mentioned that are DYI clips. Can anyone give me info on the DYI vs purchased clips.
I posted a thread about the awning on my Forest River coming out while driving on I95. That was not due to high winds but rather with a defect in the wiring instructions used during the manufacturing process. The incorrect installation process caused the brake in the awning motor to disengage and let the awning deploy. There isn't a clip in the world that would have prevented what happened to me from happening. Dometic had issued an awning recall. however, Forest River did not have adequate assembly records to where they could notify owners with the affected awnings.

The awning motor itself serves as a brake to keep the awning from unrolling while traveling. As long as it is plugged in the brake is engage until you press the extend button.

On the slide toppers the items that look like screws actually engage a detent in the topper roller to keep the topper from unrolling while the slides are fully retracted.
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:11 PM   #6
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The day that my awning or slide toppers unroll while traveling I will pull over & roll the awnings up & buy a lottery ticket, in my opinion the odds are about the same of having the winning ticket or the awnings unrolling, either one COULD happen though.
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Old 05-18-2017, 01:42 AM   #7
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Unfortunately I know of several RV'ers that have had awnings extend while driving in high winds. Different brands seem susceptible. I have been in horrific winds, when I had a very large DP, and fortunately didn't have any problems, other than it was a lot of work to drive in a straight line. Have been in only moderate winds with the current Gemini, can only hope the awning can resist high winds, when the time comes. Looking at the awning, there do not seem to be any points to install clips or cable ties, at least that I can see.
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Old 05-18-2017, 03:56 PM   #8
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OK, I know I have read issues of driving down the road and the HM awning coming out during high winds, but I just can't find it. I have such a fear of that happening with us as we will be traveling in high wind areas. I also know there are clips that can be purchased, but someone mentioned that are DYI clips. Can anyone give me info on the DYI vs purchased clips.
Here is a link to etailer.com. You can buy these from multiple sources but this one has a video. Not an actual install video but they show you the actual product and explain how it works, etc.

https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories.../CAM42551.html
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Old 05-19-2017, 12:41 AM   #9
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We have a 2018 ACE 29.3 and I was referring to the possibility of the large awning unrolling while driving in high wind situations. I don't really see an area we can use ties or cords, but I've read an article about a guy that came up with a DIY device. Maybe I shouldn't worry about it, but I know wind and RVs don't mix.
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