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Old 10-11-2017, 05:58 PM   #1
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Awning rolls up dry, comes out wet

Hi. I have a Dometic 19' electric awning on my 2015 Coachmen Catalina TT. I roll it up when it is completely dry and when I unroll it after it has rained, even a week after it has rained, it comes out dripping with water. Anyone have any insight into this?? Thanks, Jeff
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:01 PM   #2
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Water can enter the ends and wick for a distance. Also make sure you are rolling it up correctly. It is very easy to roll up backward as the motor will just keep running once it is extended until it rolls up in the opposite direction. I have watched people do this. Also occasionally the stitches in the bolt area will pull and open the needle holes allowing water to run into the rolled up awning. You can try seam sealer if that is happening.
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:52 PM   #3
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Yep, awnings always will wick moisture, especially if it rains.
The only owners with dry awnings, live in the desert.
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Old 10-11-2017, 06:55 PM   #4
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Yep, awnings always will wick moisture, especially if it rains.
The only owners with dry awnings, live in the desert.
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:07 PM   #5
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Check how it is rolled up, as mentioned above. When rolled in the fabric should be on top of roll, not under it.
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Old 10-11-2017, 07:21 PM   #6
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I believe that in addition to wicking moisture from rain, condensation forms on the inside from humidity and the sun beating on it.
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Old 10-11-2017, 08:26 PM   #7
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It was awesome, had not been camping 4 weeks, the last 3 had been the hottest all summer. Went to roll it out figuring it must be dry with no rain and 80 to 90 every day all day for 3 weeks. Out it cam and rained on my head. Go figure. It did dry out fast when open. But it dripped all over the table, chairs and bikes when I opened it.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:22 PM   #8
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I have the same problem. Open it up to dry whenever you can.
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Old 10-12-2017, 12:44 PM   #9
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I had the same issue on my previous trailer, and my issue had nothing to do with water getting in the ends of the awning. Our issue was that where the awning meets the roof, wasn't properly installed, allowing water to get in. We eventually realized that was the issue when we saw it drip water, one drop at a time when the awning was extended and it was raining. So make sure to check that possibility as well.
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I'm wondering if covering the roller with something while it is closed, such as a length of drainage pipe, would make a difference.
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When we are not using ours I extend the awning about once a week to dry it out otherwise you end up with black mold.
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When we are not using ours I extend the awning about once a week to dry it out otherwise you end up with black mold.
Someone suggested spraying your awning with a mild chlorine solution to help retard that.
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Someone suggested spraying your awning with a mild chlorine solution to help retard that.
Yeah, I have and I don't get mold I am just to OCD on my 5er and if something breaks it gets fixed fast, the house different story because it gets added to the list for now, but the 5er....oh no got to get her fixed
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I learned quickly not to stand under it when DW lets it out!
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On most awnings in the rolled up position, the top of the roll is above the roof of the RV. This creates a gutter for rain water to run off the roof and it will lay in the "gutter" until you open the awning. The top seam is not 100% waterproof and the water will seep through it. Also the water will seep around the awning bead that slides into the awning rail and sometimes drip or run down the wall of the RV. Some people keep this from happening by extending the awning a foot or two so there is no gutter. I painted the top seam and where the awning connects at the rail with silicone and that stopped the seeping for me.
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On my 2015 8280WS 5th wheel the awning when its rolled up is covered by a clam shell covering that seems to avoid all of the problems that are being highlighted here. The clam shell front end also scrapes all of the leaves etc off the canopy as its rolled up. Good feature.
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Definitely they wick. I've seen people store them with a plastic pop bottle cut to fit over both ends if you are in a heavy winter rainfall area like here in the west coast. I just know I'm th spring to run it out and dump the water and let it dry.
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Old 10-12-2017, 10:15 PM   #18
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Someone on this forum recommended cutting 2 liter pop bottles to fit over the ends. I dried the awning last week and put the bottles on. I'll check it this weekend. We had some rain and it's supposed to be dry for a few days.
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