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Old 01-22-2019, 10:17 PM   #1
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Power awning question

We now have a power awning on our new trailer. When it rains do you retract yours or tilt one end? We have tried tilting one end and it doesn't hold after awhile and thumps down
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Old 01-23-2019, 07:21 AM   #2
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I tilt whole awning down then turn knobs on both arms to hold in place, I also tie the awning down with straps and stakes.
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We also tilt one side and lock it in place.

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I don't retract or tilt. It will dump, when needed, all by itself
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Old 01-23-2019, 08:15 AM   #5
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I don't retract or tilt. It will dump, when needed, all by itself
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Old 01-23-2019, 12:53 PM   #6
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I suspect that yours is supposed to be auto-dump. Ours is too, however, I tilt one end and use a bungee to hold it tilted if it's going to rain very hard. I've seen a few that stretched the fabric in the middle before they "Auto-Dumped". You just have to make sure to remove the bungee before retracting it.
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Old 01-23-2019, 04:50 PM   #7
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Not all power awnings have the auto dump feature. Our Dometic 9100 doesn't.
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Old 01-23-2019, 05:13 PM   #8
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Not all power awnings have the auto dump feature. Our Dometic 9100 doesn't.
That is very true, in fact our last one did not, but when you pulled one corner down it stayed there and didn't try to lift back up automatically.

maybe the OP can come back and tell us exactly which model they have.
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Dometic Auto-Dump feature

Guys, I'm not sure that all power awnings have the "auto-dump" feature. I do know that if you tighten the thumbscrews on the awning arms, it will not auto dump when the weight of the water on the awning should cause it to do so. I also tilt my awning away from the drive motor end to prevent water building up in the awning tube. This has caused my awning motor to die prematurely. When I replaced the motor, I was sure to use Goop sealant to waterproof the motor as much as possible. Water can easily get into the motor the way it comes from the vendor.
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Old 01-25-2019, 08:14 AM   #10
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Tilt it, tie it down, leave it out rain or shine.
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