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RV safety tips – When the wind and your awning meet

Some years Mother Nature gives us such a hard time that we end up with awnings ripped off of our RV or personal effects that land on a neighbor’s site because they are carried by strong winds.

These “identified” flying objects can also cause a lot of damage, not to mention the injuries they could cause to someone in their path.

  • The first rule is to keep yourself informed with weather updates.
  • Next, never get too far from your RV without first closing your awning and picking up and securing everything around you.

Even though some awnings have automatic mechanisms, do not take a chance. It is better to be safer than sorry.

Several people choose to tie down their awning, i.e. to fix it on the ground using a nylon rope and metal stakes. Two tips here:

  • Make sure to put the nylon rope a good distance the RV door so you do not get caught in it.
  • Give the awning a slope, because if there is heavy rain, you will end up with a large water pocket that may damage the canvas. Obviously, it is always safer to close the awning to avoid unpleasant surprises.

Beyond the material damage that could ensue, it is most important to consider the safety of people around us and our RV.

Your garden chair is easily replaceable, but if you hurt someone, it’s a lot more serious.


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Jackie Beaudoin, Leclerc Insurance and Financial Services