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Old 05-20-2014, 10:35 PM   #1
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Our Windjammer does not have an awning cover when it is retracted so it catches rainwater, etc. I roll it out and let it dry, clean it with a mixture of bleach and water. Let it dry again and have even sprayed with a dilution of water and Mr. Clean that has a mild odor control in it. Can not get rid of the offensive odor. You can't stand to sit under the awning because it is so strong. We are getting ready to start a long trip and will be stationary for 4 consecutive days in one site and I hope to open it up and tie it down with the awning kit from OC. Maybe that much air will help.

Does anyone else suffer the bad smell? Any suggestions to avoid it in the future.
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:25 AM   #2
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I use a little bleach...little Dawn dish soap(it makes the bleach hang on better) and some water....spray it on underneath with a spray bottle.....roll it up for about 30 minutes.....unroll.....hose it off. Mine never smells and it comes out clean.
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:40 AM   #3
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Check the channel on the roller tube. There could be dirt in it allowing mold to grow.
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Old 05-21-2014, 07:50 AM   #4
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I use a little bleach...little Dawn dish soap(it makes the bleach hang on better) and some water....spray it on underneath with a spray bottle.....roll it up for about 30 minutes.....unroll.....hose it off. Mine never smells and it comes out clean.
Randy, I follow essentially this same approach (except I'd not heard the suggestion to add Dawn). I use a garden-type pump sprayer (actually one made for bleach). I also roll it up with the bleach solution on it for 15-25 minutes, then open and scrub it with a soft-bristle brush before hosing it off. If anything is left on the underside of the awning (visible), I either spot treat or repeat the whole process. The bleach does the job on mine.
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Old 05-21-2014, 01:45 PM   #5
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Third year for our TT and no smell...till this year. No staining to speak of. Plan to wash it with a bleach solution and see if that cures the odor.

Thanks for the idea to roll it up and let it 'soak'!
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Old 05-21-2014, 02:43 PM   #6
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Are you sure the awning is rolling up in the correct direction? Hard to picture but it should be rolling up from the bottom and when tucked against the rig the open part should be facing the ground (Come on guys someone explain this better) Make sure when you roll it up the awning goes OVER the end cylinder and not under it. In this manner it wont collect the water. I think it is as simple as unrolling it and re-rolling it to make it right. If you hold the switch down too long when you extend it it will roll in the wrong direction. There should also be a gutter above the awning. Help me out here guys.
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power awning and yes, the 'top' is rolled on the outside. Not sure if rain/snow is collecting or we're rolling it up wet...I think the former as when I unrolled it water just poured out (but it had rained earlier in the day)
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Had a similar problem. I bought mold armor from Lowes. Attaches to a garden hose. spary on leave for 15 minutes, then rinse. Got rid of my stains and smell. I had to scrub a couple of the bigger stains, but it worked well and so far no new mold.
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Did u roll it up after mold armor?
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Old 05-21-2014, 09:01 PM   #10
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"Did u roll it up after mold armor?"
Shouldn't have. A video says to rinse thoroughly and not to leave it on.

Which type of the Mold Armor did you use?
Compared to the cost of bleach, it sure gets good reviews for the price. Hmmm
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