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Old 05-10-2014, 08:43 AM   #11
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I am not new to trailers or new to backing trailers but everyone has accidents. I did my first boo boo by ripping the dometic manual awning off my trailer today. Bent both poles, ripped the screws out of the side of the trailer but no real structural damage to the body of the Roo. My heart sank. I have juniper bushes and I trimmed them back about 2 feet so I had more room along my driveway which is approximately 100' long. I moved the Roo with my Land Cruiser so I could load up the brush with the utility trailer already attached to my Tundra. When it came time to put the trailer back I could not see out of my passenger mirror until I heard a crunch. No damage to the corner of the roof of my garage, I was inches from doing serious damage to the body of the roo, and bent the poles all to heck. I feel pretty fortunate it was only the awning poles.

Currently looking at replacement and repair options. I will likely buy and install myself. I was embarrassed and mad at myself. I am not sure if this will be worth pursuing with insurance. I should have snapped some pictures of the damage before I pulled it off the trailer but I was a little to hot. To top it off, I broke a crank shaft pin in my old John Deere tractor, burnt up a hedge trimmer motor, and now messed up my awning on my brand new trailer... Feeling like I suck at life this week and really just want to go camping now...

I will take pictures of the awning poles tomorrow afternoon.
Same here. Woke up one morning and got everything buttoned up, but forgot to look up to notice the awning was extended. The awning found a light pole and mangled it up. Had to get it removed there on the spot so that we could continue our trip. Funny things is that it didn't even leave a scratch on the coach. Coach is currently at the dealer to have it replaced.

We are not new at this either. Poop Happens! The difference with this awning and others is that this one sits so high that you don't even notice it. Once they install a new one, I'm going to get one off those shades that rolls up with the awning so that it's noticeable.
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Old 05-10-2014, 09:24 AM   #12
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I've posted here previously that I backed in to my Roo (front bed down while camping) with my truck damaging the front bed of the Roo and the tailgate of the truck. I was backing the truck up just to provide some walk around room.

I was livid - 100% my wife's fault .

That's'a not true, but I laugh about it now....sometimes.
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Old 05-10-2014, 10:00 AM   #13
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Thanks for everyone's support! Looks like I can get the hardware and arms for around 338, but will still shop around.
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Old 05-11-2014, 01:47 PM   #14
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Here is the damage to the awning.. Not sure I I can bend the rod of the roller tube back into place or if I should just replace the whole darn thing.
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Old 05-13-2014, 10:09 AM   #15
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Contacted Dometic directly. Seems I have the Tall, standard duty hardware (arms and tentioner). I will be upgrading the the heavy duty, jus not sure if I want to try to bed that for back I to place or replace the whole dang thin with a 9000. Thoughts, suggestions welcome.
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Old 05-14-2014, 01:56 AM   #16
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While I am always inclined to be frugal, I have usually regretted trying to making temporary repairs and not replacing all bent or damaged parts on any piece of equipment. Camping time is vacation time. Time and annoyance spent deploying or retracting an awning that may still be "reluctant" or sticking from being rebent into shape is time better spent enjoying yourself.
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Old 05-14-2014, 10:01 AM   #17
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That is kind of what I am thinking. Sorry for my poor spelling above. My fingers go to fast when on my phone.

I can get an 18' 9000 with heavy duty arms and hardware for about 1,200 where the heavy duty arms and hardware alone are around 400-500.

Can anyone send me some pictures of a 9000? Specifically rolled up inside the metal weather shield.

Another request, does anyone have pictures of a unit with heavy duty hardware?
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Old 05-25-2014, 04:31 PM   #18
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My tail is still tucked, my insurance told me it would show as an auto collision and make my rates go through the roof since I am an at risk driver... They told me I have a previous accident, that accident occurred in 2011, I was driving a fire engine and someone side swiped me and I could not stop in time before doing significant damage to the persons vehicle. Luckily no one was hurt but guys car was totaled. For his mistake I am "at risk." I am gonna pay out of pocket on this one. Going to order the Dometic 9000 manual awning with HD hardware.

Does anyone have pictures of a 9000 manual awning. The pictures online are too generic. I would like to see pictures of the metal weather shield.
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how did your insurance come into play, if you were driving a fire engine?

for my agency, the state covers us with no need for our personal auto insurance to be involved.
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Old 05-25-2014, 04:53 PM   #20
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It went on my driving record as a no fault accident. The agency had me covered and the union rep was great. But it still went on my driving record.
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