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Old 01-24-2019, 09:45 AM   #1
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Can I use my Awning in the Rain?

2018 FR2501 TS. Is the awning suitable to use in the rain if I can manage the runoff? I don,t know if it is only for use as a sun shield.
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Old 01-24-2019, 09:47 AM   #2
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The only time I roll mine up is when there's high winds
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Old 01-24-2019, 09:52 AM   #3
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You should be able to lower one of the awning arms to manage water run off.
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Old 01-24-2019, 09:56 AM   #4
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Normal rain isn't an issue. Just adjust one end down for runoff and you'll be fine. If I'm going to be in heavy rain I bring mine in...I don't want to tempt the rain gods!

Just let it dry before rolling it up, or roll it back out to dry, before letting it stay closed for a long period. Water trapped inside a rolled up awning can get nasty...
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Where I live the awning is used mostly for rain. If it was only supposed to be used for sun I wouldn't bother with the expense.

Just make sure to lower one end so the rain runs off without forming a huge bag of water. When lowering one end make sure you haven't lowered it so much the door rubs on the awning when opening and closing.

FWIW I've never seen rain heavy enough to damage an awning if it's just rain. WIND and Rain, absolutely, bring it in.
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:09 PM   #6
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Where I live the awning is used mostly for rain. If it was only supposed to be used for sun I wouldn't bother with the expense.



Just make sure to lower one end so the rain runs off without forming a huge bag of water. When lowering one end make sure you haven't lowered it so much the door rubs on the awning when opening and closing.



FWIW I've never seen rain heavy enough to damage an awning if it's just rain. WIND and Rain, absolutely, bring it in.


Rain can most definitely pool on an awning and cause the roller to buckle

Our neighbor had it happen to his, insurance covered replacement of entire thing and the SAME day it was repaired, it happened again after the repair company was gone....he left awning out and went to town - we had a torrential rainfall and it buckled the roller AGAIN
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I take it he never put one end lower then the other! I have had mine out in rain so hard you couldn't see the camper across the road, but mine was angled.
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My awning is only ever out if using it.

Otherwise, it stays rolled up!
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:27 PM   #9
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Old co-worker lost his one night to an "un-forecasted" T-storm that popped up in the middle of the night. Before he could get out the door the weight of the water tore both side rails off the camper. Wife took the awning, cut it into picnic table size pieces, sewed the edges and he always said "I have the most expensive tablecloths in this campground."
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Old 01-24-2019, 01:29 PM   #10
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My awning is only ever out if using it.

Otherwise, it stays rolled up!
Probably the most sure way of not losing one. Same here. If I'm not there, the awning is in.
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