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Old 12-20-2017, 07:34 PM   #1
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Awning tube has big bow in it

Hello I have a Rockwood 2017 2715 vs Ultra V. The awning has a big bow in it, about 1in in the middle of the awning tube and the front arm slams out when opening . When opened the awning has a belly in the middle which I feel will load up with water.The awning fabric rolls up very wrinked. The dealer says that the bowed wrinkled slamming awning is normal for that length (20ft) but they replaced it anyway. I just got it back from dealer and it is bowed bellied and slamming the same as before. Is this truly nomal.
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Old 12-20-2017, 08:05 PM   #2
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A 20'awning will have a "Bow" in the middle! Wrinkles come and go with "Temperature"change! Material alignment helps Wrinkle and Arm problems also! Youroo!!
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:06 AM   #3
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I'm on my fourth TT over some years and all have had an awning. I learned from an old timer years ago that when the awning is rolled up and you are traveling down the road, the awning "bounces" between the two awning arms and this will give the awning tube a bow in the middle. The last three TT's I've had I added an awning support to prevent the awning from bouncing when going down the road and I do believe this has helped.
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:23 AM   #4
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I can relate to what the OP is referring to. Has anybody gone the effort to install one of these on a dometic 9100 series? Seems like it would do the trick. Brand of awning shouldn't make a great deal of difference
https://www.amazon.com/Carefree-9028.../dp/B00BFTYWI6
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:36 AM   #5
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Large awnings tend to sag or bow in the middle.
Is it 'normal'? I don't know if that's the correct way to describe it but yes, every longer awning I've had/looked at experienced this condition.

As youroo mentioned, temperature has an effect on material wrinkling as it stretches/contracts from weather conditions. All this provided your arms are in good alignment.

The banging from the arms when extending isn't just on longer awnings and really isn't caused by the bow from additional length. Shorter ones will do that too.
Do you tighten or leave loose your pitch adjustment knobs? (if so equipped)
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:44 AM   #6
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Bowed awning tube

I have the same problem with our 2715vs awning,I don't think there is a fix. I thought about adding a center support bracket also, but am concerned that there is nothing to really screw into except the skin and styrofoam wall,not sure it would hold up very long, then you would have holes to deal with.
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Old 12-22-2017, 10:53 AM   #7
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I have the same problem with our 2715vs awning,I don't think there is a fix. I thought about adding a center support bracket also, but am concerned that there is nothing to really screw into except the skin and styrofoam wall,not sure it would hold up very long, then you would have holes to deal with.
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No doubt, this is a little more tricky than just a hole( or two) with a screw securing it.
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Old 12-22-2017, 11:47 AM   #8
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My 20 footer bows. Not an issue. One side of my awning would bang when extending and that was because the gas strut was bad. One end deployed normally but the other end would not deploy till awning extended farther out. Replaced the strut on the banging end and issue solved. Both ends extend in concert.
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Dometic or Carefree or someone makes an aluminum support that slides inside the tube to reinforce the tube. I feel a person could make something if they wanted to...

My awning is 21FT and so far I haven't had any problems yet....
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Old 12-22-2017, 12:47 PM   #10
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I do like the middle support bracket but I would be concerned that it might damage my fiberglass side . Thanks everyone for all the input
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