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Old 03-08-2014, 10:25 AM   #1
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Awning with auto dumping feature

Anyone have an awning that automatically dumps rain water when it becomes excessive? When the salesman showed us the camper I asked him it it had this feature and said he never heard of that

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Old 03-08-2014, 10:29 AM   #2
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Unless I'm wrong (happens on a daily basis) all the electric awnings will auto dump. The problem as I see it, is that the awning holds way too much water before it does. The awning sags too much for my taste, and when it goes, it's quit a waterfall. I much prefer to tilt it and let the water run off.

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Unless I'm wrong (happens on a daily basis) all the electric awnings will auto dump. The problem as I see it, is that the awning holds way too much water before it does. The awning sags too much for my taste, and when it goes, it's quit a waterfall. I much prefer to tilt it and let the water run off.

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Mine doesn't, it needs to be tilted. I don't see how they could auto dump actually. To dump you'd have to release the thumb screws on the arms and lower it. The only thing the motor could have done was retract the awning, which would again would require the thumb screws to be loose.
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Ours is an electric awning and will auto dump. If I'm around, I will still lower one corner, however, it is nice to know it lowers itself and dumps the water to prevent damage.

If yours is electric? If so, extend it out and simply pull on one of the corners (if within reach). With some pressure it will give and dip down. That feature will not work if you lock the twist locking knobs.
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I have not had mine out in the rain yet, next week looks like an option.

Just curious as to what it will or will not do.
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If you are standing in the wrong place when it does decide to work. Its quite a waterfall. I just angle ours to let the water run off and not pool on top.
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Old 03-08-2014, 11:45 AM   #7
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The awnings that have the shock absorber looking struts will auto dump. The A&E's will, not sure about CareFree. Mine will auto dump, and I can also tilt it.

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if your awning has this knob adjustment,all you have to do is leave it loose,or adjust the arm so that the awning is tilted.
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Ours is an electric awning and will auto dump. If I'm around, I will still lower one corner, however, it is nice to know it lowers itself and dumps the water to prevent damage.

If yours is electric? If so, extend it out and simply pull on one of the corners (if within reach). With some pressure it will give and dip down. That feature will not work if you lock the twist locking knobs.

Alright, I could see that. I wouldn't call it an auto dump, I'd call it not locking it in place and letting it collapse under the weight. Still easier to keep one side sloped and let it run off though.

When I hear auto dump I'm expecting a system that monitors the tension on the awning and would drive down one side to let the awning dump.
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I just tie it down with awning poles with one side about 6" lower and forget it.
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