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Old 06-02-2012, 01:13 PM   #1
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Electric Awning seems off track

I put the elecric awning out today to wash it off from last weeks camping trip. Went to close it and it appears to not be closing straight but crooked. It is not flush against the camper and it seems to be off to the right and does not neatly go into its support brackets on the camper. Is it because I am sitting on a slight hill. I have never noticed it before and maybe it was always like this. It is a 2012 Flagstaff 26FKSS.
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:22 PM   #2
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Depending on the slope, if it is front to rear, could force a lot of weight to the low side. On most, the bolts can be loosened, and the top brackets shifted to get things in alignment. Will need a tall ladder though, and a 7/16 inch wrench, (I think). You will also have to roll the awning out a little to gain access to the bolts.
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:28 PM   #3
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Common issue. Can be straightened out, but is a two person job. Extend the awning to the point that the mounting channel is directly opposite the trailer wall. One person on a ladder in the center of the awning tube, lifts the tube to relieve the awning tension. Second person, on a ladder at the end of the awning tube, in the direction you want to move the awning, tugs on the fabric, moving it to the appropriate location. This may have to be done a couple of times to correctly locate it so that it nests properly when retracted. I then mark the tube with a black marker for future reference. At this point some folks install a pop rivet through the fabric and into the tube to prevent further migration of the fabric. I have not done the rivet thing to date, but probably will in the future.

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Old 06-02-2012, 01:29 PM   #4
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The slope is quite significant. Should I just re-roll it up on level ground before we travel? Or will it never close right again even on level ground without doing what you suggest?
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Old 06-02-2012, 01:40 PM   #5
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It may not be centered on the roller, roll it out completely, measure from each end and make it the same on both ends of the roller. Using large head 3/16" dia pop rivets, drill thru the side hem and install rivet on both ends of roller.

BTW, this awning is overextended to facilitate centering and installing the pop rivets. There should not be a valley between the material and the roller. The material should go over the roller without the valley.
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Old 06-02-2012, 02:28 PM   #6
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Does your awning has the rain dump feature? If it's been rolled up and the rain dump was not fully extended, maybe that is the issue?
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I am not sure if it has the rain dump feature. How do I find this out. Our dealer sucks and it is a waste of time calling them. Instruction manulas are too generic. I did notice that the fabric is not rolled up evenly on both sides of the awning. i am hoping that when we are on level ground that things will litarally fall into place.
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Level ground makes no difference, the material must be centered on the roller and the rain dump does not come into play either other than it will make the material slide to the low side. You must center the material on the roller, roll it up to make sure it is centered, then unroll it and rivet it in place. Your problems will be over.

The rain dump, when it works, is built into all power awnings. From our experience, it will bend the tube slightly before it dumps. It is a worthless feature. The awning should always be tilted and not rely on the rain dump feature. Voice of experience.
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I am not sure if it has the rain dump feature. How do I find this out. Our dealer sucks and it is a waste of time calling them. Instruction manulas are too generic. I did notice that the fabric is not rolled up evenly on both sides of the awning. i am hoping that when we are on level ground that things will litarally fall into place.
I wouldn't count on this happening ! (See my previous post to manually realign it). If your electric power awning has a gas strut and a black knurl tightening knob on each awning arm, then it has the rain dump capability. Two ways of utilizing this feature when it rains (assuming that the awning is extended) 1. Just ignore it , the rain will find the "low" end and eventually accummulate enough to cause that end to overcome the gas strut and the awning will dip a foot or so to dump the water. 2. Or, you can manually lower one end of the awning or the other, depending on which way you want the rainwater to drain , and lock it down by tightening the black knob on the strut on that end.

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I am not sure if it has the rain dump feature. How do I find this out. Our dealer sucks and it is a waste of time calling them. Instruction manulas are too generic. I did notice that the fabric is not rolled up evenly on both sides of the awning. i am hoping that when we are on level ground that things will litarally fall into place.
Your problem can be solved in about 30 minutes with a ladder and someone to run the awning out just about to its limit and then work the material to center it on the roller. Roll it up, then roll it out to the limit and rivet it. Job finished, problem solved.

Then go camping and have fun!
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