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Old 07-07-2013, 03:26 PM   #1
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Awning Arm failure

Just came back from our first trip to the Lake in the Solaire and we had a good time. We found that they did not seal the bottom of the shower and we had to go to Wally world to get a couple tubes of silicone to seal the bottom...One major issue that we encountered was a Awning arm failure, the wife and I were sitting outside enjoying a steady (not overly heavy ) rain shower and heard a something give and then a very large splash.

Has anyone here ever encountered / seen this type of failure?
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Old 07-07-2013, 03:50 PM   #2
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Any photos? What type of awning and did you have it set to dump the rain off?
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Old 07-07-2013, 04:17 PM   #3
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No one ever stated we had to "set" the awning to dispose of the water.
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It should dump the water automatically, did you have the thumb screws tightened? I know they need to be loose.
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No one ever stated we had to "set" the awning to dispose of the water.
Sorry you experienced this. As you found out, the self-dumping does not work as advertised. Now you will have to remember to always set the awning with tilt in it.
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It should dump the water automatically, did you have the thumb screws tightened? I know they need to be loose.
They are suppose to dump regardless of the arms being tight or loose from what I understand. I never tighten mine, but I use poles/tie downs and always tilt the awning.
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Should this be covered under the warranty?
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here is the "indention" that the water left after the break....

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Old 07-07-2013, 04:56 PM   #9
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I'd be trying for warranty coverage, you have nothing to lose.
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There are two ways to avoid this in the future (I doubt it will be a warranty item unless the dealer offers to repair it as a good will gesture):

1) Do not "over extend" the awning. Unrolling it "all the way" will leave a "ditch" along the roller where water can pool until the weight becomes too much for the support arms. (the photo shows an over extended awning). Always leave a 1/4 wrap "over the top of the roller as that adds strength to the roller so it won't bow and allows water to run off the sides AND the front.

2) Lower one side (if possible on your awning) to allow water to run off on the side of your choosing. The roller will be lower on that side than on the side you want to keep dry-"er".
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