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Old 11-21-2019, 10:17 PM   #1
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Your thoughts please. I wrote to FR a month ago about this thing I want to do with my awning but have had no reply. So we have a new RW 2703ws discontinued in the States, but available here in NZ. The awning is 12' long and motorized, we purchased a 10' shade cloth that slots into the groove nicely. Great addition to the awning. But when the wind comes up, (I have stays and spring tiedowns in place) I would like to roll up the shade cloth with the awning. Crazy idea(or lazy) I don't want to stuff the motor.
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Old 11-21-2019, 10:32 PM   #2
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I would think if you have enough gap when rolled up that it would work. Be sure that the extra material does not bind up the roll when closed.
Be sure you don't create a loose roll at the end of the awning that would expand when driving. A big material funnel in the airstream would not be good.
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Old 11-21-2019, 10:33 PM   #3
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I do the exact same thing, but only for temporary, windy conditions when it is prudent to do so. I do NOT travel with it that way. I have found that probably due to the increased diameter of the rolled awning the motor is slower when rolling up and nearly stops as it gets near to the closed position. I have been doing this now for about 3 years and have not had any problems. But again, I do not travel with the extra awning rolled up inside, preferring to take it off and stow it .

Are there many RV campgrounds to use in NZ? or do you boondock more often?
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Old 11-21-2019, 10:35 PM   #4
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Truthfully i don't think i would roll my awning in with any thing in the slot. I have the soft plastic hanger clips and won't do those. Maby im just overtly protecting but dont want any damage.
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Your thoughts please. I wrote to FR a month ago about this thing I want to do with my awning but have had no reply. So we have a new RW 2703ws discontinued in the States, but available here in NZ. The awning is 12' long and motorized, we purchased a 10' shade cloth that slots into the groove nicely. Great addition to the awning. But when the wind comes up, (I have stays and spring tiedowns in place) I would like to roll up the shade cloth with the awning. Crazy idea(or lazy) I don't want to stuff the motor.
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Old 11-22-2019, 07:05 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, I guess the only way to know for sure is to try it. If it super overloads the motor I'll bail.
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Old 11-22-2019, 07:12 PM   #6
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I've rolled mine with the little lantern hangers still in the groove, no problem. But it left indentations in the awning material, so I didn't do that again. As long as you're not adding a lot of extra weight, I don't see why it would be a strain on the motor, which winds up so slowly with just the awning anyway.
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Old 11-22-2019, 07:15 PM   #7
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Yeah ,don't think it's good to have motor slow down. Wear out sooner
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Thanks guys, I guess the only way to know for sure is to try it. If it super overloads the motor I'll bail.
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measure the dc current before and after, that will tell you how much additional load you are puttin on the motor if any. Run the rig of the battery and measure the current there.
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