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Old 07-31-2012, 04:17 PM   #1
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Lacrosse 303rks - awning problem

just got our new Lacrosse. Like it a lot.
on thing that i found not so good is that I have a Dometic automatic awning.

When fully exgtended the door rubs against the awning. This will after a while damage the awning.

Am I the only one with this problem. Is there a soulution

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Old 07-31-2012, 04:33 PM   #2
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just got our new Lacrosse. Like it a lot.
on thing that i found not so good is that I have a Dometic automatic awning.

When fully exgtended the door rubs against the awning. This will after a while damage the awning.

Am I the only one with this problem. Is there a soulution

Thanks

Gerry (quebec, Canada)
There is a wheel mod you can add to the door that will keep the awning material off the door.
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Old 07-31-2012, 04:52 PM   #3
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There is a wheel mod you can add to the door that will keep the awning material off the door.
thanks, I was planning on installing this.
It might resolve the problem but after time it will leave marks on the awning.

I think that this is a major design flaw.

thanks for the quick reply
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After extending your awning all the way out, retract it about 1/2 to 3/4 of a turn and this should raise the awning enough to stop the rubbing. Ours did the same thing and after rereading the awning instructions I found that this also needs to be done to apply tension to snug up the awning.

Hope this helps and enjoy your 303RKS LaCrosse, we are enjoying ours.
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Welcome to the forum!
Congrats on the new unit !
Have you mentioned this to the dealer ?
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Old 08-01-2012, 07:49 AM   #6
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Mine does the same thing, and do exactly what wildwood Danny does.
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thanks to all for the quick replies.
Also got this from PT

Good morning Gerry,

We understand what you mean about the door touching the awning. When making decisions about design we are contending with limited space. There are several doors available from suppliers, of varying heights. We could have avoided this condition by selecting a shorter door. But Prime Time wanted you to have the tallest door available, and that is one reason it may touch the awning. We also chose the widest door available (again, more costly), and that also contributes to touching the awning.

Finally, square cornered doors are less costly too, but we selected radius cornered doors, to avoid snagging the fabric.

We hope this helps explain, and if you have other questions let us know.

Roger at Prime Time

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Hi Gerry,

We had an additional thought. It is possible to "hyper-extend" the awning. That is, the awning can go too far out, until the tube flips up. If the tube flips up, it forces the fabric down a couple inches. That can also form a "trough" and trap rain water. Please make sure the awning is not hyper-extended. If it is, just run the awning back in a couple inches.
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The fabric of the awning should first contact the roller at the very top of the roller. The accessory slot should face the camper (not straight down) when properly extended.

An example of a "Hyper-extended" awning.
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Good Pic Herk

Great pic Herk, that is how ours looks when full extended, then we retract it until the empty slot come back around until almost touch the awning fabric, this leaves us with about 1"+ above our door with no apparent concern of rubbing under normal conditions and puts tension on the awning .

Great work guys helping out a fellow RVer.
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I use this rule of thumb (which I learned from grhodes50). After extending the awning, retract it until the outer short flap hangs straight down. Of course, this is all good until you have to tilt the awning for shade or inclement weather. But, such are the sacrifices of having a good time camping !!!!!
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