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Old 06-30-2014, 02:18 PM   #1
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Awning mildew prevention??

Greetings!
Our trailer is stored at home under a metal shelter. Problem is the
trailer is #3 since I bought the shelter and this trailer is slightly longer
than the shelter
Rain can blow in on either end of the trailer.

I put up my awning DRY 1st of May.
When we opened it at Tybee Island last week it was wet almost from
end to end and well over half way up the middle.
It was badly mildewed and stinky!!

I've cleaned it with bleach and it's now rinsed and drying in the sun at
home.

Question: Is there any way to keep the water from wicking or otherwise
getting inside the rolled up awning?
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All those grooves in the awning drum are perfect ways for water to
migrate inside a rolled up awning.
I'm thinking of trying to put bags over
the ends but really I'm afraid that will just leave another place for water
to run under and cause more problems than help.

Suggestions/solutions appreciated!
Thanks!
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:49 PM   #2
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I don't know how you would stop the water/moisture from getting into the rolled up awning but I can tell you that once clean and dry if you use Wet & Forget on the awning it will stay mold and mildew free for a good long while. I started using W&F two years ago and I am really happy with the outcome.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:03 PM   #3
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do you use it full strength or mix it
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Old 06-30-2014, 09:13 PM   #4
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Saw this idea on another forum to keep the water from getting in the ends when rolled up. I wish the 2nd pic was better quality. I wouldn't drive down the road with it on but parked it might help.

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No matter what camper I have had, it was always wet when rolled out for the first time at each trip. I never had a problem with mold or mildew. After a camping trip, I always washed the awning, rinsed it off and after dry, I'd roll it up. I think the solution is to keep the awning clean. I mixed 1/2 c of Dawn and 1/4 c Clorox in a gallon of water. Spread it in the awning, rolled it up and left it rolled up for 10 minutes. Then I would unroll it, brush it and rinse. Worked for me.
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[QUOTE=Wiscampsin;647779]Saw this idea on another forum to keep the water from getting in the ends when rolled up. I wish the 2nd pic was better quality. I wouldn't drive down the road with it on but parked it might help.


I think you could just put a big cable zip tie on and would not come of until you cut it
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do you use it full strength or mix it
Acc. to directions, it is mixed 1:5.
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I made hinged covers that help a lot, but do not completely eliminate the awning being wet. Most of the water comes in thru the top seam where it attaches to the camper. Have seriously considered putting a small bead of silicone on the seam, but just haven't done it yet.
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