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Old 05-13-2017, 06:50 AM   #1
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Awning Seam Leak Repair at Cover

I know this has been addressed here before, and I have read the (old) threads, but none of them really nailed down a good solution, or, maybe, people never followed up to let us know that what they did worked.

I have a Dometic awning with the metal protective cover, and where the cover attaches to the fabric, about 10 inches from the wall, there is a seam. For the first two years there was no problem with rain water getting through the seam, but now, there are several places where the water will come through quite freely. I have always been able to see a little sunlight through the entire length of this seam and wondered why it didn't leak. I used to be able to put stuff up against my camper to keep it dry when it rained, but no more.

Has anybody found a solution to this problem recently?

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Following. My buddy has the same issue
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Old 05-13-2017, 07:36 AM   #3
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Yes you are correct,more people have Leaks with the Metal covers than the "Standard" awning! Most of the Standard complaints are from water leaks where the Mounting Rails "Butt together" and water runs down the Side of unit! Maybe they use a "Larger Needle" to sew the awning to the metal? Maybe the holes stretch after use? You are also correct about "Feedback" when or if a solution is found! Youroo!!
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Old 05-13-2017, 07:56 AM   #4
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There is no sewing to the metal. There are 2 beads that the metal shield slides onto. I would first contact A&E for assistance.
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Old 05-13-2017, 08:28 AM   #5
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Can you waterproof the seems like a tent?
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Can you waterproof the seems like a tent?
That was what I was thinking, but after reading old posts, that didn't seem to do the trick for people. I think it is too liquid and not viscous enough to plug the large needle holes.

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The other issue is, how would you seal the side of the seam that is under the metal cover? Half of the seam is accessible from the top and the other half isn't because it is under the metal protector. I believe that is the side where most of the water comes from, too.

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Old 05-13-2017, 09:46 AM   #8
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I asked the same question almost 2 years ago with about the same response. I haven't done anything to mine. I just lower 1 end of awning a little & that seems to almost stop it from leaking. Also, it only leaks when the rain is very hard; lighter rain & it does not leak. They do make a tent seam sealer that is in stick form, kind of like wax; wonder if this would work applied from bottom side; it might fill the needle holes better than a spray.
Good luck & hope you find a fix; it would benefit the rest of us with the same issue.
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Following. I too have this issue in a small area of the seam.
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Old 05-13-2017, 01:02 PM   #10
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I have successfully used roof sealing tape on tears and holes in slide awnings(usually caused by not watching where I was going). It worked twice, lasts a long time, and I would not hesitate to use it again. In your case, put it on the underside
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