Discussion in 'The Beginner' started by Simon Meadwell, Mar 1, 2016.
Do we need guy ropes for our awning, or do we not put it out when its windy or wet?
Don't put out when windy is a good rule. You can get tie down straps bit if you expect wind... then wind it in.
Rain is not a problem
Tie-downs work very well but the awning still flaps up and down. Not too bad during the day but at 3am!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Outside in you PJ's winding the damn thing in!
Been there, done that!
Also remember to always have one end lower than the other at the front, especially if rain is likely. This will let the rain run off. If you have the legs set at the same height rain will collect and pool in the middle of the canopy, it will sink in the middle and you won't be able to open your hab door.
Common newbie error. We've all done it.
The other thing that you will almost certainly do is stand outside the canopy, right in the path of the torrent when you lower one of the legs to let the collected water run off.
I always use tie-downs (and peg the legs) even if there's no sign of wind at the time. If it starts to get windy I wind it in only when the noise becomes too annoying. For me the noise annoyance wins long before the wind is enough to cause damage.