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Ch1pbutty

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I have a tie down kit but have never figured out how to attach it. But also I do wonder how tight you could tie it down before the rather spindly legs start to buckle.
They are easy to use, although when not under tension it’s possible to become detached. Awning legs are very strong provided they are done up tightly…the springs on the straps help take the force out of gusts.

Fiamma also do similar straps, but they slide into the kador strip in the leading edge of the awning, so might work better for you but they do prevent you from using the kador strip if you wish to connect a stand alone awning to the roller awning.
 
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IMO,
It’s just not worth leaving the awning out unattended/overnight, pegged or not.

I remember a few years back at the Italian Lakes. Beautiful day, sunbathing at the waters edge. Within minutes, a fierce wind blew in. Ran back to the van and wound the awning in. The Caravan opposite had his awning pegged down very well. It ripped half off...
Proper nightmare.

Ever since, I only use the awning whilst at the van. As others have said. Drop one leg lower than the other. Let’s the rain run off...
And don't drop the leg at the door end like I did last night. The ground is now a boggy mess just where you need to walk.:headbang
 
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Some interestingly different takes on these matters eh? The other thread that lists the accessories bought and then ditched, includes a few Thule awning tie down kits. Sounds like the OP was "lucky " that it didn't do more damage. Can only imagine the sinking heart feeling as it happened.
Of all the things that shouldn't be ditched, a good awnng tie down kit has to be one of the most important. Unless you always wind in your awning when asleep or away from the van then this kit could save you from incurring a large repair bill.

I must admit that we have left our awning out whilst away from the van but only when the Comfortz awning room is attached and fully nailed down. We wouldn't do this if high winds were a possibility.
 
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Looks like you just need a new bracket. Give Rose awnings a call as they tend to stock everything Thule related:

Www.roseawnings.co.uk
The specific bracket is actually a VW part, not a Thule part. The part no's are on the brackets. Careful: the front and back bracket have different part no's!!
 
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And don't drop the leg at the door end like I did last night. The ground is now a boggy mess just where you need to walk.:headbang
Currently camping in a C and MH site at Winchcombe. I've just woken up having nodded off whilst reading my book. During those forty winks the rain had increased to cats and dogs. Unfortunately because I had previously leveled up the awning after last night's rain in order to prepare our breakie, it was now sagging in the middle from the weight of at least thirty thousand gallons of very cold water.
In order to relieve the groaning structure I did the first thing that came to mind which was to push upwards on the distended awning canvas. The result was a sudden deluge onto the already boggy grass entrance.

It will soon be time to swing out the life boats!

:Nailbiting
 
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I leave mine out most of the time, I always use pegs in the legs and the storm straps. However I am mindful of the weather forecast and as soon as gusts are mentioned I wind it in overnight not had it lift yet even though the gusts have tried and give it a bang the pegs in the legs certainly do a better job than the storm straps alone. Interstining video to watch

 
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As soon as we were free after lockdown last year we had a few days on a small site in Somerset, sat outside the Cali without the awning out a family pulled up with a twin axle caravan and so started one of my favourite past times (watching people set up) Whilst watching the guy came over admired the Cali and asked why I didn't have the awning out. Too windy I told him and he laughed, it's only a slight breeze he remarked. he went back to his Caravan and set about rolling his awning out, it was a beast of a thing virtually the full length of his unit with legs that seem to slide out of the roller drum.

10 minutes later I was helping him haul the twisted mess that used to be his awning back over the caravan roof. He never said a word except THANKS.
 
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Yea be careful Jenny, it could happen even if you have it pegged down, when you are packing it away, a gust could do the same thing! Especially if you are solo camping like I am!
I feel a bit daft because I just left mine out all night and if this had happened when I was asleep it would probably have been worse! I never considered it because wind is not that bad. I was in the van and heard a bang and it was up in the air! I was able to pull it down quickly. Doesn’t seem too much damage other than the bracket at the rear. But it feels solid so It should be ok to drive home and assess properly.
We have the Thule tie downs, when winding in if it’s breezy, we keep the tie downs attached throughout the process, just slacken of the straps each time we wind in a bit and then move the legs, takes a bit longer but means it’s still got the tie downs attached if there is a big gust, works well as there is so much extra length on the tie down
 
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It’s not just wind out awnings that fly like a kite

I had one of those concertina type pull out Gazeebos with a steel frame.
I was setting it up for an event, calm sunny day.
I was doing it solo about 30 feet away from the Cali.
When I had the structure pulled out half way, a sudden gust of wind ripped it from my grasp and took it about 10 feet in the air!
it was heading directly toward the Cali as it came down,
luckily I managed to run towards the van as it came down, grabbed a leg and pulled the whole thing to the floor, the whole lot smashed to the floor in a crumbling mess, fortunately the leading edge missed the van by a few feet .
The consequences of that striking the van does not bear thinking about

morale of the story:
two of more people are required when erecting anything that has the ability to catch a gust of wind, particularly when it’s near anything else that can be damaged. (Including other people)
 
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Awning on my first van flew up totally out of the blue on an otherwise perfectly still day in Highlands - sheared one bracket completely & had to remove / stow the whole unit inside for the long journey home ...

I now always put at least one tent peg through each leg & have the very heavy duty yellow Fiamma straps for when using it for longer - an expensive lesson could've been a very expensive lesson if it'd gouged a 2m arc across the side on the way back down.
 
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IMO,
It’s just not worth leaving the awning out unattended/overnight, pegged or not.

I remember a few years back at the Italian Lakes. Beautiful day, sunbathing at the waters edge. Within minutes, a fierce wind blew in. Ran back to the van and wound the awning in. The Caravan opposite had his awning pegged down very well. It ripped half off...
Proper nightmare.

Ever since, I only use the awning whilst at the van. As others have said. Drop one leg lower than the other. Let’s the rain run off...
Agreed ,don't leave it out at night, for five minutes extra work , wind it in
 
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We use the awning quite a lot and have two types of tie-downs. The one below that goes over the bars and is a very firm support and the other type attach to the Kador strip that goes along the outer edge of the awning and come out at right angles to the wall with the big window in it. Both types have a spring in them which helps to absorb some of the shock load from strong gusts. At Highland End in Bridport last year we had a meal in the awning and as the wind was so strong we had to use both sets of tie-downs. Loz had some plates that he screwed into the soil around the foot of the extending poles. When we took the awning down we had 5 adults holding it down and the last person was quickly taking off the awning walls and then winding in the awning.
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That was the strongest wind I have had so far in the 5½ years we have had a Cali. I had bought a anemometer which was registering 50.8mph.
I personally wouldn't rely on the awning room being pegged down firmly as being enough to hold the awning safely in high winds. There are often strong gusts and the awning room just increases the area for these gusts to blow against. Watch how fast a dingy goes under sail in an estuary and you probably have a similar amount of canvas as them.
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There have been some posts above about water pooling on the awning and causing problems. There was a curved rafter pro made by Thule which made a slight dome in the roof of the awning so the water ran off before becoming an issue.
 
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. There was a curved rafter pro made by Thule which made a slight dome in the roof of the awning so the water ran off before becoming an issue.
Avoid the curved rafter as it can stretch the awning fabric over time. Thule also do a straight Spring loaded one (G2?) but you need a small additional adaptor (£5) which screws into the outside edge to make it fit the Omnistor properly.
 
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Awnings and roofs are the biggest cause of California grief. So far we have been lucky with the Awning although we are now on our Second Awning not through wind damage but due to The dreaded “Seam” coming unglued. Replaced under warranty..The roof material was caught in the mechanism, luckily it wasn’t severe but caused a small crease in the alloy roof. which was totally repaired and even looking along the roof line you can’t see anything at all, a perfect repair.
 
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The cost of having the roof repaired makes me just consider the awning as a sun shade only.
 

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