Awning Threads Leak
I have a Dometic 21’ awning with the metal travel cover and I have two problems.
First, the awning drips through the seams when it rains. Water drips through the seams onto the chairs, table and stairs.
Second, enough water pools under the travel cover that I can see the awning bulging In the middle. It seems to pool there even when one end of the awning is lowered. I get quite a bath when I do a ‘middle’ dump to release it.
I read that Dometic recommends using paraffin wax to seal the seams. I’ve searched for a wax ‘stick’ to rub onto the seam and couldn’t find any. So, I bought paraffin wax and heated it to liquid, waited until it was fairly cool and painted on the seam. After three applications I’m seeing limited success because if the wax is too warm it just drips through the holes without sealing them shut.
All the while I’m doing this I’m thinking about how much easier it would be to run a bead of silicone over the seam as well as where the top of the cover meets the awning to prevent water from pooling underneath the cover.
Here’s the big question. Does Dometic say to wax it because silicone seal will damage the Dometic awning material or seams?