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Old 05-15-2015, 10:40 AM   #11
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On the 2 electric awnings I've had(2008 & 2012, neither one of them would auto-dump even on the latest one with the adjustable arms. That's why I shortened the arm on the 08 and installed poles on the '12 and tilt it.

Auto dump is just not reliable. JMO.
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Old 05-15-2015, 10:46 AM   #12
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Here's mine "tilted" for water run off.
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On the 2 electric awnings I've had(2008 & 2012, neither one of them would auto-dump even on the latest one with the adjustable arms. That's why I shortened the arm on the 08 and installed poles on the '12 and tilt it.

Auto dump is just not reliable. JMO.
And of course there are the ones, such as mine, that have never failed to auto dump even in horrific rain storms. One time I even had it adjusted to lower the entire awning and it auto dumped and then held the dump end lowered due to the adjuster being tightened. Go figure.
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And of course there are the ones, such as mine, that have never failed to auto dump even in horrific rain storms. One time I even had it adjusted to lower the entire awning and it auto dumped and then held the dump end lowered due to the adjuster being tightened. Go figure.
That's great, I'm glad it works for you, but I'll continue to rely on my old tried and tested method of tilting it with poles and tie downs.
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Old 05-15-2015, 01:11 PM   #15
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I had the same problem on my Primetime Lacrosse 327res. The knobs that come stock on it are so small you can't tighten them down enough and the least bit of wind would cause the awning to slide up.

I went to Camping world and found these:

Black Arm Knobs, set of 2 (for A&E and Dometic) - Dometic 930008 - Awning Accessories & Hardware - Camping World

(Make sure to get the correct ones for your awning mfr).

These are bigger than the ones that came with the awning and I can get enough tourque on them that the wind is no longer an issue!
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OP's problem is the awning lifting up in the wind. Adding awning support arms and anchors will prevent lifting in the wind. In effect, you are creating a system like manual awnings that are no longer standard equipment. Just like with the manual awnings however, you need to be aware that you need to retract the awning when the wind gets too gusty or when you leave the site unattended for a while.

If the electric awning is tilted and set before being anchored, that allows water to run off the low side so you don't have to rely on the auto-dump feature.
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OP's problem is the awning lifting up in the wind. Adding awning support arms and anchors will prevent lifting in the wind. In effect, you are creating a system like manual awnings that are no longer standard equipment. Just like with the manual awnings however, you need to be aware that you need to retract the awning when the wind gets too gusty or when you leave the site unattended for a while.

If the electric awning is tilted and set before being anchored, that allows water to run off the low side so you don't have to rely on the auto-dump feature.
Couldn't have said it better myself!

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The OP's problem is that the Knobs to tighten down the sliding arm can't tighten enough so when wind blows, the arm slides. The Knobs I suggested are bigger and you can get better tourque to tighten the sliding arm so when a breeze comes the arms don't slide.
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A quick thought, try using a nylon or thick rubber washer between the locking knob and the arm. Never use star washers on aluminum or other locking washers as they will gough the metal and ruin it. Nylon washers can be found in hardware of Home Depot or Lowes or on line. Get some extra to keep handy.
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