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Old 08-04-2012, 05:45 PM   #1
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My awning stinks...

No matter what I manual a&e awning is always full of water and moldy. Even through the super hot summer. It stinks literally. I also found that my gutters leak at one of the seams....this is not helping things.

Anyone have any suggestions on how to prevent the awning fabric from collecting water?

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Old 08-05-2012, 02:33 PM   #2
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What type of awning do you have? Does it roll up from the "outside in" or when it is rolled up, is the material from the awning"rolled under" rather than "rolled out" on the roller tube? Kind of hard to explain, but if rolled under, it would catch any rain from the roof and it could be held in the rolled up awning. To clean it, use water and household bleach mixed 50/50 and spray or "paint it on top and bottom, let it set for 15 min, rinse it off with plain water. If still stained/smelly, repeat. You can also leave the bleach solution on the the awning, roll it up, wait 15 min, unroll it and rinse. It works very well but make sure you do not leave it on more than the 15 min without rinsing!

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Old 08-05-2012, 03:37 PM   #3
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I "ALWAYS" unroll it after every rain. Water will run down the accessory slots and keep the awning wet for weeks if you do not unroll and dry it.

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Old 08-06-2012, 06:00 PM   #4
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Every spring on our first trip after taking our trailer out of storage I would clean the awning with Tilex mold and mildew remover. It not only cleaned the awning it helped to keep the stink of mildew from returning. If you use this product beware, it does contain bleach so wear old clothes.

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Old 08-06-2012, 09:47 PM   #5
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On the electric awnings they put on an awning cover that protects it from the sun and rain. You might be able to get one for yours that might solve your problem.
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Old 09-27-2013, 02:41 AM   #6
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I have found that (Dollar General) Mean Green Mold and Mildew Remover works great! Hit the tough spots with a magic erasure. I use the 303 Formula to prevent mold/mildew.
another tip: if you have the black streaks down the side of the camper the Campco Black Streak remover sucks, spray on full strength Simple Green and they melt away with a little help from a magic erasure they are gone completely.
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Old 09-27-2013, 06:17 AM   #7
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After cleaning, I made some end covers that work great. Keeps the rain from getting in the ends of the awning. Got them on before going to the Goshen rally in Aug and after about 3000 miles and getting caught is a couple of real hard rains on the way home, when we stopped for the night, unrolled the awning and it was dry inside. The covers even work great if the awning is rolled up and just sitting while at home.
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Old 09-27-2013, 07:04 AM   #8
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After cleaning the awning spray it with "Wet and Forget". I first used it last year and was very happy with the results. Follow the instructions on the label.


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