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Old 05-08-2011, 11:09 PM   #1
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Wet Awning

On our maiden voyage we pulled the awning out and was surprised to find water dripping off of it. We sort of thought that maybe it had been washed at the dealer & rolled up wet. It was dry when we rolled it up but today I wanted to check it, so we pulled it out and it was WET on both sides. Water rolled off as we opened it and dripped from the underside once it was out.

We never had water collect in/on the awning of the Trail Lite so assumed this one should be dry as well but it was wet from the outside edge all the way to where it's attached to the roof.

Is this normal?

If not, can anyone guess what might be the problem and how to fix it?
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:46 AM   #2
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Wet Awning

We are experiencing the exact same thing on our Rockwood. I have no clue why or if there is a fix. The only thing I know to do is unroll it every couple weeks and dry it out to avoid mildew.

Just thought I'd let you know you're not alone, hopefully someone else will have answers. Also, since yours is new, maybe your dealer will help.
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Old 05-09-2011, 06:54 AM   #3
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On our maiden voyage we pulled the awning out and was surprised to find water dripping off of it. We sort of thought that maybe it had been washed at the dealer & rolled up wet. It was dry when we rolled it up but today I wanted to check it, so we pulled it out and it was WET on both sides. Water rolled off as we opened it and dripped from the underside once it was out.

We never had water collect in/on the awning of the Trail Lite so assumed this one should be dry as well but it was wet from the outside edge all the way to where it's attached to the roof.

Is this normal?

If not, can anyone guess what might be the problem and how to fix it?
Our awning gets wet any time it rains when rolled up. I open it every once in a while to dry it out. I believe the water runs in at the metal covering and ends up on the top of the material. Since the awning rolls out from under in a clockwise direction the water ends up on both top and bottom of the fabric. I don't know of any fix for this, it's just the way it's designed.
If you should have frost in your area and leave the wind sensor turned on the box will start beeping. Found this out at 1:30 AM a couple years ago when my daughter came home from work. It was about 2 degrees out that night and the box was chirping non-stop.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:06 AM   #4
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Times X for our power awning.
I have to unroll it after every rain to let it dry out too.
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:29 AM   #5
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The Trail Lite must have had a waterproof section at the top so when it rolled up, that strip covered the awning. We're going to build a garage for the MH so that will eliminate the problem but it is going to be a PITA to have to worry about drying the awning after every rain until then.

It would seem that the awning fabric would have to leak in order to get the entire roll wet. Do the awnings leak in the rain when open?
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I was looking at the roller the other day and a slot is facing out. I think the rain runs down the slot and into the roll. (best guess)
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Old 05-09-2011, 07:45 AM   #7
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Mine does it too. I think the water wicks in from the ends
rather than soaking thru the vinyl coated fabric.
I also think the awning drum adds to this.
There are grooves in the drum which make perfect little
channels for water to run in from the ends.
I think a smooth drum would be a better design!
We open ours every time we go camping whether
we need it or not just to let it dry out.
Mildew is a constant worry but so far we've only had a few
small incidences of it.
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I don't think my 2011 360 has a wind or rain sensor...would anyone know ???
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Old 05-09-2011, 12:30 PM   #9
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Add me to the club, as well. I have looked at ways to fix it, but so far, ZIP.
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and yet i unrolled mine the other day after the snow melted and it was dry as a bone... maybe its the tension not being enough?
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