Ok, Now I have a question? Could Bob's awning just be a dud? Seems like so many of you think the brand is good, could he just have a lemon? Honestly, I have seen just about every brand out there and I personally think they are only good for shade period. That's what they are designed for.
I have been watching all awning post, cause I want to get one put on our Casita. Like I said, I have seen a lot of brands and there always seems to be issues. I guess another question I have is, are you suppose to tie down a retractable awning? And I am not talking a automactic kind (HELLO), I am talking the kind most of you seem to have. I thought thats why they are built like they are so as to avoid staking, etc. Might as well have a bag awning if you got to have all kinds of poles and straps IMHO. Robin
Nah, I don't think it's a dud. It's just a crappy design. The first time it collapsed we were right there, so it wasn't unattended. The second time we were away, but it still should not have collapsed and broken the way it did. One leg snapped completely off!
I find it odd that a manufacturer will tell you that the awning is just for sun shade, and then sell an add-a-room meant to be up continuously, no matter the weather.
I'm still taking it off the trailer to effect repairs. There are a couple of places where rivets were installed. Instead of using rivets, I'm going to use screws in those spots. Both rivets tore out when rain hit. In addition, I'm going to use two of the arc-type central rafters instead of one. Those bow up to make rain shed more effectively. It didn't help us with only one, but maybe two would do the job, just in case some rain cloud
sneaks up on us and actually rains on my awning.
In the meantime we're using one of those 10 X 10 collapsible awnings with a screen attachment. It has been rained on and didn't break like a piece of junk. I assume it didn't snap apart like junk because it was designed not to snap apart like poorly engineered crap.