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Old 09-08-2014, 05:51 PM   #1
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Awnings in the rain

When we bought our Sunseeker 2300 recently, the dealer told us to not leave the awning out in even the slightest rain. I see many people use their awnings in the rain. Is the dealer crazy? Are we being overly cautious taking that advice? Is mildew and issue if rolled up wet? Obviously, we won't use it in strong winds, but we certainly would like to use it to sit outside in a light rain and keep the entrance as dry as possible. I would tilt the awning for drainage of course.

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Old 09-08-2014, 05:58 PM   #2
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keep one side lower so it runs off and doesn't puddle in middle. Best not to put away wet, but you can't always avoid that. Can always open once home to let dry. Once the sense of having an awning if you can't block the rain
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Mine is out all the time, if we know there are going to be heavy or strong winds, I will roll it up, but I like to keep all my chairs and bikes under it so they stay dry.
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Water tends to wick down the awning while traveling down the road in the rain,I unroll mine when I get home or setup just to let it dry out,I have never heard of anyone saying not to let it get wet.
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:50 PM   #5
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If we set up for more than one night, the awning goes out and stays out until we break camp. Of course we have the self-storing awning poles and stake it down with ratchet straps and dirt screws.
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Old 09-08-2014, 06:51 PM   #6
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Water tends to wick down the awning while traveling down the road in the rain,I unroll mine when I get home or setup just to let it dry out,I have never heard of anyone saying not to let it get wet.
Maybe it's one of those "Paper" awnings? RV Stealerships are hilarious with the poor information they give out. About 1/2 or maybe even more of the sales people know nothing about the units they are selling, they only know what it cost, what they MUST sell it for and will tell you ANYTHING to sell you.... sort of like the Navy Recruiters
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Thanks all. Sorta what we thought but we didn't want to damage it if we were wrong. Really appreciate the responses.
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Old 09-08-2014, 07:38 PM   #8
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If you can't get it wet then how would you ever clean it with awning cleaner that you dilute with water?
What about slide toppers?
Are they made with a special waterproof material?
Salesmen kill me!
They told him to tell customers to not put it away wet if they can help it and he misunderstood LOL!
Enjoy the sound of rain drops while you relax under your awning!
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...Enjoy the sound of rain drops while you relax under your awning!
Only if you have poles, the awning is tilted and it is staked down.
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I must admit, I'm a bit gun shy about leaving awning out especially if going out for a bit and if you have to pull it in in a hurry, all your stuff gets trashed. We used to set up more stuff outdoors but have pared it down greatly. One bad thunderstorm in Sarasota left debris everywhere; people were risking their lives to save a canopy. Uh, no, that's what insurance is for. Soooooo, I say use common sense and be prepared for anything!
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