Last updated: 30 Apr 2023
To ensure the longevity of our awning, we make it a habit to close it every night and whenever we leave the trailer during the day. As many forums will attest, there are countless reasons why awnings can become damaged or destroyed. However, taking a few minutes to secure the awning can prevent potential disasters. If you’re ever in doubt about whether to leave your awning open, consider the stories of others who have experienced the consequences of neglecting this simple step. By prioritizing the proper care and maintenance of your awning, you can enjoy years of worry-free use and avoid unnecessary expenses down the road.
Even when they are well anchored, a strong wind can damage the awning fabric and the mountings for the arms sometimes get torn out. The arms then flail about, and I have seen serious damage done to the sides of the rig. This can result in major and costly repairs.
As for second-guessing the weatherman, anyone with the crystal ball that will give 100% accuracy on wind and rain reports is probably a billionaire and can afford new awnings.
After about 5 years of experience RV’ing, and one blown-out awning a long time ago, I learned quickly never to leave the awning out unattended! Roll it up and sleep, shop, bike, hike, golf peacefully without worrying about the awning.