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Old 01-22-2016, 01:21 PM   #21
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Depending upon level of RV, my awning can get lots of water in it from the air conditioner. I have to open it every once in a while to drain it and keep it from mildewing.
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Old 01-22-2016, 01:25 PM   #22
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Unfortunately the track in the roller into which the bead at the edge of the awning is inserted acts as a rainwater channel leading directly to the center of a sagging roller when the awning is in the retracted position. If the uncovered end of the roller, usually about 6" at each end , ends up facing skyward, it makes a great rain catcher that can funnel a lot of water into the wound-up awning which stays captured in there until the awning is unrolled. To prove it to myself a couple of years ago, I put some wide electrical tape over the exposed track ends when we laid up our RV for a nine-month period outside in a damp costal area. The stored awning rolled out after storage bone dry with no mildew to indicate the presence of any water. Last year I forgot to tape the tracks at layup, and I was greeted after outside storage with a shower of water and about a foot of ugly mildew on the awning at the wall. Maybe those zip-on awning boots I have seen advertised might be a good idea after all.
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Old 01-22-2016, 01:40 PM   #23
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water collection in awning

Groove up in awning roller is the most cogent and logical explanation I've received yet. You backed up your theory with empirical findings....BRAVO!!

Now all I need to do is find some of those boots you mentioned. Any leads that you can offer?
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Old 01-22-2016, 01:49 PM   #24
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Look up the term "capillary action", and you will see where the water comes from. It's a powerful force.
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Old 01-22-2016, 05:20 PM   #25
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My power awning collects quantities or water also when rolled up during a rain. My old-school awnings never did and if this one breakes again it will be replaced with an old school awning.
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Old 01-22-2016, 05:22 PM   #26
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My old school awning also got water in it when rolled up.
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:41 AM   #27
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Sounds like maybe the auto ones do not roll as tight,,, as the manual's did ???
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Old 01-23-2016, 08:56 AM   #28
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Look up the term "capillary action", and you will see where the water comes from. It's a powerful force.
Finally! Somebody who knows what he's talking about! I have tried to explain this to so many people, but have always been told I am wrong. I am not wrong -- it's just that people don't have a clue about capillary action.

As a plumber, I rely on capillary action on almost a daily basis. It's what makes solder "defy gravity" to fill the gap between a fitting and pipe.

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Finally! Somebody who knows what he's talking about! I have tried to explain this to so many people, but have always been told I am wrong. I am not wrong -- it's just that people don't have a clue about capillary action.

As a plumber, I rely on capillary action on almost a daily basis. It's what makes solder "defy gravity" to fill the gap between a fitting and pipe.

Bruce
SO THAT IS WHY THAT HAPPENS!!! I have always wondered!
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I worked for plumber many years ago,,, the first thing he taught me was,,,
That S*!t does not flow up hill !!!
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