Electric awnings have become standard on most RVs in the past few years, taking a lot of the hassle out of RV campsite setup! With the touch of a button, you can easily pull out and retract your awning, which is especially great during inclement and windy weather. However, some RVers find they miss the added anchoring security that manual awnings have always provided. If you find that you’d like some extra backup, here is how to secure your electric awning!
It is important to know the features of your electric awning before you make any decisions on whether or not to add extra support. Some electric awnings come with wind sensors that automatically retract your awning when it detects strong enough wind gusts, and you will need to find out how to override your system to ensure that your awning will not retract and cause some costly damage! Check your owner’s manual or ask your dealership on how to do this.
It is also imperative to note that this solution is only recommended for very light wind and weather conditions. If wind gusts are strong or if you notice the weather is starting to turn, don’t take the risk and fully retract your awning! Also be sure to take off any anchors and retract your awning if you plan to be gone for long periods of time, or even overnight if you suspect wind to be a problem.
Awning Anchoring Kits
Awning anchor kits are made especially for this problem! Most kits include some kind of anchor that screws into the ground at each end of your awning. A sturdy cord or strap runs from your awning and through the anchor to provide added security against light wind gusts! These kits are generally pretty inexpensive, and will give you peace of mind! You can also make DIY awning anchors using a dog tie out stake and heavy duty string or rope!
Ratchet straps are another DIY solution for anchoring your electric awning! These sturdy straps could provide a stronger hold for your awning than the straps that come with anchoring kits. However, it is important that you do not tighten the straps too tight or else you will bend and damage your awning. Like the other DIY methods, you can use a dog tie out stake, or a heavy duty tent stake could also provide a strong anchor for your straps!
Things To Remember
- ALWAYS make sure to override the wind sensor system before anchoring your awning.
- Do not set the tension too tight to avoid bending or breaking your awning. The idea is to add extra security, not to prevent it from moving altogether.
- Try to avoid using bungee cords if you can help it. Some RVers use bungee cords, but they are not preferable as you cannot adjust the tension,
- If the wind picks up or at the first sign of inclement weather, first take out the anchors and retract your awning IMMEDIATELY.
- Always retract your awning when leaving your campsite for long periods of time, and overnight if winds are expected.
Securing your awning is a personal preference and is not required, however it can provide a lot more security in light wind! Hopefully these tips on how to secure your electric awning have helped you to make that decision and safely secure your awning without damaging your RV! Have any other tips or tricks for added awning security? Comment and let us know!