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Old 06-26-2014, 02:35 AM   #1
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Awning does not allow water too drain

We own a Forest River Surveyor Sport. The awning is nice except it deploys straight out and does not allow rain water to drain. Instead the rain water pools in the middle of the awning and slowly stretches it out. Does anyone know how we can tilt the awning without damaging it so rain water will drain off of it? If we can't tilt the awning is there another way to drain the water from the awning without having to physically push the water off the awning?
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Old 06-26-2014, 04:59 AM   #2
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Power or electric, you should be able to lower one or the other corners to permit the awning to drain. Some models have cylinders that allow the awning to automatically dump when rain weights it down dut they do not work very well. Better to adjust the awning manually. Can you post pictures?
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Old 06-26-2014, 05:05 AM   #3
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Have a look at this thread......

Auto Dumping Awning
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Old 06-26-2014, 06:48 AM   #4
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:06 AM   #5
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If it is a power awning built up until late 08, it does not have adjustable arms. There was a free adjustable arm kit Dometic furnished dealers. If your unit is in this model year, it might have been missed. On my 08, I cut 2" off the motor end of the arm and got a permanent 6" tilt. Just removed the motor, cut 2" off, drilled a new mount hole for the motor and re-installed. Works great and is a permanent fix.
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:30 AM   #6
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Just jack up the front of the camper a little higher then the back. You could also make the opposite side of the camper a little higher with a block under the wheel(s). Don't go too much. You still want to be pretty level. Just enough to compensate for the lack of adjustment for the awning itself. If you have a slide out you may want to keep the side to side level rather than allowing water to run back toward the seem and possibly creeping into the camper if there is a slight gap in the seal.
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Old 06-26-2014, 07:36 AM   #7
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You are OVER extending your awning.

In a properly extended awning, the material needs 1/4 wrap on top to stiffen the material and prevent pooling. The "flap" should hang straight down and the flap slot should face out (away from the camper). This will mean the accessory slot will face the camper and not face down.

This photo shows an overextended awning. Note the "gutter" that allows water to be trapped against the roller and collect sagging the material.

That 1/4 wrap also stiffens a long awning's roller and resists sagging of the roller itself in a long span.

Water pooling in the awning can move the awning on the roller resulting in a skewed awning material. Upon retraction, the out of square material will pull your arms (electric) off to one side causing binding and eventual failure to fully retract.

Once you have the material where it needs to be for a smooth retract, I put a pop-rivet in each side to keep it there. (It can even move by "flapping" in a light wind.) You can move the awning on the roller to get it right by "unloading" the roller (by holding it up with your knee - ladder needed) and tugging on the material (causing it to slide in the roller). If you go too far, move to the other side and tug it back.
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Old 06-26-2014, 08:12 AM   #8
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A lot of RV dealers still carry the adjustable arm in stock. When I got mine last year.....the dealer had approx. 10 in stock and they are free.
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A lot of RV dealers still carry the adjustable arm in stock. When I got mine last year.....the dealer had approx. 10 in stock and they are free.
Yes, if you don't have one on your electric awning, this mod is needed. Make sure you keep the lock nut loose when you retract the awning!
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