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Old 09-03-2018, 05:38 PM   #1
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2017 Wildcat 29RLX Awning

The awning on the 5th wheel listed in the title leaves much to be desired, mainly because it's very high and basically extends straight out and doesn't really give us much shade.
I was visiting a friend in another 5th wheel and their awning setup seemed very similar to ours, but theirs appeared to come down much further than ours and after comparing them I believe the difference is that theirs has more awning fabric on the roll and subsequently extends further out and down.
I'm thinking all I have to do is buy a new awning of the same width but with more material on the roller tube, so it would extend further. Has anyone done this type of modification to their power awning? Thanks
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Old 09-04-2018, 02:19 PM   #2
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If it's like ours, once you extend the awning, you should be able to fold the bottom 2-piece arm and lower the outer edge a good bit. Just be careful folding the arm, because it's a pinch point if your hand is in the wrong place.
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Old 09-04-2018, 07:32 PM   #3
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If it's like ours, once you extend the awning, you should be able to fold the bottom 2-piece arm and lower the outer edge a good bit. Just be careful folding the arm, because it's a pinch point if your hand is in the wrong place.
Are you talking about the spring loaded slider and knob that allows you to pitch your awning one way or the other? I've slid both sides in in this way and it does bring it down some, but it is still too high to be of much use IMO. I didn't think the awning arms could fold in such a way to make it come down more. I know they fold back against the camper when they close, but I will have to look to see if they fold some other way when I'm camping this weekend. Thanks.
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I was thinking you had a power awning, but it sounds like you have a manual awning.

You could probably get an awning shade (drape) that slides in the tube and hangs close to the ground.
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Old 09-06-2018, 05:44 AM   #5
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I do have a power awning. The only parts that are manual are tilt adjusters located on each end of the awning.
I've attached a couple of pictures, one of them shows awning rails similar to mine on my friends RV that came down lower due to having more awning fabric I believe and the other is a picture of my awning extended at our last camping trip.
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Old 09-06-2018, 05:49 AM   #6
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Notice in the picture of my Wildcat how the awning basically extends straight out with very little pitch. It is my belief that if I had more awning material on the roll that the awning would be able to come down lower and be more effective as a sun shade and allow the rain to run off better.
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Old 09-06-2018, 06:23 AM   #7
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Notice in the picture of my Wildcat how the awning basically extends straight out with very little pitch. It is my belief that if I had more awning material on the roll that the awning would be able to come down lower and be more effective as a sun shade and allow the rain to run off better.


Have you tried bringing it in just a bit? I noticed at the end of your awning the piece that should hang down a few inches doesnít seem to be there. That usually happens when Iíve put the awning all the way out. If you bring it in, just a little, it should pitch down and the overhang flap should be visible.
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Old 09-06-2018, 07:23 AM   #8
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In your photo the campsite is not very level,,,
so the top of your Wildcat is pretty High !!!
Much higher than our little Sunseeker,,, one step to get in ours !!!
Looks like your best bet would be to add on to the flap ???
GOOD LUCK !!!
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How about an Easy-Up,,,
would probably cost much less that a new awning !!!
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You may could have a custom awning made, but RV awnings are a standard 8'.

They do make two different sizes of hardware and it looks like you got the longer set. If you had the shorter set you could lower them down and that would tilt the awning more.
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