Awning Tie Downs.

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    I have an omnistor awning on the new motorhome and am wondering is there a specific tie down / guys for it. Any info would be much appreciated. I have seen some with springs on ?
     
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    Do you mean the storm straps?

    We got some specifically for our Omnistor. It was ages ago so can't tell you where from but they clipped into the legs quite neatly.

    In my biased opinion Omnistor awnings are the best because the storm straps are best.
     
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    Have they got the S shaped clips to go on the top of the legs? We had the other van 3 years and i only wound the awning out once so I've decided to make use of this one but would like the straps. I thought there was some for omnistor but can't find them.
     
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    Cheapest on ebay just now but try John's cross with Fun discount
     
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    Johns cross only had Fiamma when i was there the other week.
     
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    Ha yes . Price is fair anyway considering postage. Would be about £20 at show meets
     
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    I used some thin rope as guy rope and a couple of bungee straps as springs. Have seen them with springs and ratchet straps,,,can understand the springs but why the ratchets ?? The weak point is the type angle and length of pegs used...BUSBY.
     
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    if not too late we have these

    http://www.parrotsol.co.uk/index_files/Page586.htm

    or very similar at least, bought from a show, the fixing to the awning is into the awning channel so gets a really good hold, the ratchets really do add to this strength IMO

    also, just opened Andy's link in the item words it actually says not for Omnitor or Thule but suited to Autotrail awnings, not really sure what the difference would be
     
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    Dont understand what ratchets do. The hold down needs to be able to stretch a little to stop pegs being pulled out in the wind so you need springs or bungees to provide this. BUSBY.
     
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    I guess the difference is the pegs we use, 18" long metal jobbies, if they pull out we have really got problems, so we don't have the stretchy bit :)
     
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    The ones made by and for Omnistor don't have a ratchet, they have a belt type buckle to tension the strap ..
    the springs are quite strong so the buckle just makes it easier to get a good tension on the strap
    .. they are also supplied with heavy duty pegs..

    also to note.. they fix into the slot on the top of the legs, so when under tension, no strain is put on the front awning bar

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    unlike the generic ones that slide into the channel ..
     
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    Not quite what it says David
    (NOT FOR THE OMNISTOR CARAVAN STYLE AND THULE OMNISTOR 2000)
     
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    I had my Omnistor awning out at a steam rally a couple of weeks ago.
    It was tied down with the correct storm straps etc, but the wind got up in the night.
    By the time I got to it to put it away it was moving and twisting violently and the fabric had ripped near to the winding mechanism.
    All of the time it remained fastened down and tensioned correctly. It was really weird and scary.
    I had to force it back into the locked position when I managed to get it wound in.

    The end result was that I had to have a brand new awning fitted as it was twisted and ripped beyond repair.
    It is the 4.5 mtr one that is fitted to the AutoTrail Comanche, so it was never going to be cheap.
    After getting a few quotes the job went to Rose Awnings of Poole, Dorset, www.omnistorawnings.co.uk ,and as luck would have it I was visiting the South of the country for a couple of days.

    John Rose did a brilliant job at short notice and fitted me in between bookings.
    Even so, I was on my way home by lunchtime.
    It was never going to be cheap, but it was not as expensive as the others, and he certainly knows what he is doing.

    Moral is, if the wind is strong get the awning down asap.
    Even the supplied storm straps won't save it.
     
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