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Old 11-08-2009, 06:15 PM   #11
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Originally Posted by AVid View Post
Mine did indeed come with the automatic dump feature. Note the collapseable shock mounted on the arm. It did dump rain water, but not until I thought it got too full, then it was like Niagara Falls. Dometic sent my dealer an arm for me for free. I put it on with a little help.

Seems there is no consistency in the way Dometic is handling this then as my dealer also sent them the model and serial number of my awning and they refused to provide the free arm stating that I already have the "automatic" dump arm. I agree with you though the "dump" feature allows way too much water to build up and mine never dumps because our motorhome is rarely off level rearward enough for the water to run that way. It's just a really poor design in my mind.

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Old 11-08-2009, 07:00 PM   #12
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It's just a really poor design in my mind.
I couldn't agree with you more. We always preferred to be outside, even when it rained. We were sitting out under the awning during a lite rain shower and I was watching the awning fill up with water. Started to get a little nervous so I got up and pulled on the arm to get it to dump...and dump it did. I got soaked. The DW thought it was funny, I didn't.

Just proves that some of the people that design this stuff are not campers and have no idea.

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Old 11-08-2009, 09:48 PM   #13
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Automatic doesn't always mean better. We ordered our 5th from the factory so we had them put on a manual awning instead of the stock power awning. We read a few posts like this and thought that for us the manual was a better option.
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Old 11-10-2009, 08:43 PM   #14
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A Big Thank You to everybody with all the help!!!!!!! I think we will finally be able to enjoy sitting outside under the awning!

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