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Old 06-02-2019, 10:31 AM   #1
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Awning design issue?

The awning on my 2017 Wildcat 29RLX must have designed by someone that doesn't camp. The problem I have with it is that when you open it it extends pretty much straight out and even if you down with the adjuster knobs it doesn't come down that much. BTW, to adjust those knobs you pretty much need a step ladder to reach them. Is there anyway to modify this design to make the awning tilt down lower? Some told there may be different length awning arms that may help.

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Old 06-02-2019, 10:44 AM   #2
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In your case it may not make a difference but the awning doesn't have to be extended very far to make the tilt adjustment. Just extend enough to clear the struts from the stowed position, grab and pull down on the awning arm to where you want it and tighten the knob. Same thing retracting. Just loosen the knob prior to stowage position. It will spring to un-tilted position. May not help.
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Old 06-02-2019, 02:02 PM   #3
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Looks like they installed the hardware for the reduced pitch. My new Keystone TT was outfitted with hardware for a 5er and I couldnít even open the door when the awning was fully extended. Had the dealer install the correct arms and now it looks like yours only itís correct for my TT.
Thereís 3 different arm kits for the Dometics.
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Old 06-02-2019, 06:51 PM   #4
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Even with the arms adjusted all the way down it's still too high to be useful.

Where can I find out more about the Three Dometic Arm kits?
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I’m curious what you find. My Spartan’s awnings are stupidly tall. It’s easily 11’ off the ground on level ground!
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:13 PM   #6
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My Bighorn and Landmark had the same thing with high awnings. I was looking at older trailers this weekend at a Rally thing would be nice to have them a little lower. Many time them down to dog stakes. Some have fashioned sale type brackets, saw one set made out of galvanized water pipe this weekend.
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Old 06-02-2019, 07:39 PM   #7
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Im curious why you want it lower? shade when the sun is lower in sky? I am sure most big 5th wheels with large heights have the same issue, I do love my power awning and don't miss the old manual ones.
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Even with the arms adjusted all the way down it's still too high to be useful.



Where can I find out more about the Three Dometic Arm kits?



From the awning owners manual.
It looks to me like you have the 8952xx3.400.
Armed with these part numbers and pictures of the installed part number along with confirmation from Dometic, they had no argument that I had the wrong arms installed.

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Old 06-02-2019, 09:46 PM   #9
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This is what 8952xx1.400 looked like on mine. Iím only 5í10Ē and had to duck to keep from bumping the roller tube.
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Im curious why you want it lower? shade when the sun is lower in sky? I am sure most big 5th wheels with large heights have the same issue, I do love my power awning and don't miss the old manual ones.
Shade from the sun is the reason and not just when the sun is low in the sky. With awning 10 to 11 foot above the ground it offers shade when the the sun is either directly over head or behind the trailer. I also don't think the awning looks that good sticking straight out from the RV.

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