What is an awning tensioner?

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  1. jdk62

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    Forgive the stupid question, but as a newbie could somebody explain/ show me what one is?

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    I think it might mean the guy rope type thing you secure it to the ground with.
    Don't try using an awning without one. In the space of a few weeks I helped pull 2 awnings off van roofs, where they'd just flipped up in the wind. One had done a fair bit of damage to the vehicle.
    I'm thinking one of these http://www.thule.com/en/gb/products...ies/thule-hold-down-kit-_-productgroup_197095

    But there's also http://www.thule.com/en/gb/products...le-supplementary-rafter-_-productgroup_197103

    Thule seem to have a fair bit of info on their site.
    After seeing the damage done to the vehicle--it had pulled the awning out at one end, left a hole-- I wouldn't put an awning up without the straps holding it down and I add a peg or 2 through each foot as well.
     
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    Thanks....

    Will dig out a length of rope then and some tent pegs..
     
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    Sound advice but a tensioner is something extra to the guy/tie down rope. It can mean a spring loaded pole or a tool to tighten such a pole. Google brings up several alternatives.
     
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    Not quite sure what you mean. We used this type in The Army. (y) landrover_catapult.jpg
     
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    Blimey...that looks like my mother in laws knicker elastic....
     
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    Does the tensioner mean the metal bit in the strap that you lift up and down a few times, then sort of lock down to hold the strap thingy at its tightest? ( my technical terminology amazes me at times!)
     
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    What I meant was like This. It's a spring loaded pole that you fit and then wind the canopy back until it's tight.
     
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    Thanks---with you now.
     
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    Be careful, if the pole is central which is usual, if you tighten too much it can bend the front of your awning. Then it will not seat when wound in!
     
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    American Motorhome awnings use these. They have a metal frame they can attach them to. The colloquial name is De-Flapper


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    We bought two, both for tensioning purposes and to replace the clothes props supplied with our windblocker sides.

    With two I also found that I could make up something like the de-flappers Jim mentioned using clingon type eyelets and short bungee elastics.
     
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    Could I ask the OP why the question? Awning tie downs are fairly common although by no means universal. De-flappers or whatever are certainly not in general use here. If we understood the reason behind the question it would help.
     
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    I asked the question just because I had heard reference to them and didn't know what they are.

    I have assumed that if I open the awning, I can use tent pegs to fix the awning legs to the ground - would these be suffice or do I use ropes and more tent pegs or do I use an awning tensioner..?
     
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    Yes,you can use pegs on the awning legs,but I prefer to use something like this http://www.riverswayleisure.co.uk/acatalog/info_109273.html a tie down kit.It has a spring at the peg end which absorbs shock from sudden gusts of wind. Even so,you need to judge when discretion is the better part of valour and it's time to wind it in .

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    The spring loaded pole is an awning rafter and as Graham said, insert the pole between the van side and front rail of the awning then wind the awning in until tight.

    An awning tensioner is a device to stretch the awning rafter until the fabric is tight.

    Both do the same job but in different ways.
     
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    Tent pegs hammered into the awning leg feet will stop the awning legs being accidentally knocked off plumb but wont stop the awning blowing over the roof in a strong wind.
    Tie down straps and steel spikes are the way to go.
     
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