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Old 07-02-2014, 02:07 PM   #1
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Power Awning Question

We have had our fifth wheel since spring and I am still not real sure about the power awning. When I roll it out, the outside edge is pretty high with the awning nearly horizontal. Should I leave it this way and lock the arms in place or simply let them be loose? Or should I drop and lock both sides? Or should I lock one in the high position and drop the other side and lock it in the low position (for rain runoff)?
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:10 PM   #2
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I'm interested in this as well. Our seems to flop in the wind when everyone else's in the park doesn't move. Do we need to drop the ends and tighten? Great question, OP.

I got some training on the trailer when we bought it....but the awning was pretty much "this button makes it go out and this one makes it go in."
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Old 07-02-2014, 04:47 PM   #3
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Strictly a personal choice. But dont lock the arms level when raining. The water will pool. Usually i lock the rear arm down so water will flow off.

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Old 07-02-2014, 04:53 PM   #4
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I leave both arms loose but tie the awning down using cargo straps and poles. One end is always about 6" lower than the other.
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:08 AM   #5
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I just bought a 5er. with an electric awning. The dealer said not to tie it down or lock it down that it's supposed to be able to move. The fact that the lock downs are so high up you need a stool to reach them, maybe your not supposed to tighten them down? Never had an electric awning-always left a corner down on the others.
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Old 07-03-2014, 08:54 AM   #6
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You can lock em down. Just don't operate the motor with them tight.
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:15 AM   #7
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You can lock em down. Just don't operate the motor with them tight.
You know I agree with what you said, but the service guy told me that really doesn't matter. But to me I think that it would put an extra stress on the motor. As far as the op question. I don't think that it will hurt anything to pull down the awning to any height that he prefers and lock it down in that position. The only thing that he would really be doing is closing the shock on it. I have to do that to get any angle for rain run off. He can also buy some brackets and install some poles to help hold it in place, they do work pretty good. OLD GOAT did you read this post so I'm PC and spelling and my grammar is correct......
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:16 AM   #8
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If you use (Support Poles) under the Tube and Straps/Rope to ground,the Elect are (Just Like) the Manual Awning in the (Carport) position! Leave the E Awning loose/unsecured during a (Updraft Wind) and it will/can go (Over the ROOF! Your awning your call! Youroo!!
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Old 07-03-2014, 09:22 AM   #9
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Don't try this at Home without Poles! Youroo!!
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