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Old 05-31-2021, 07:10 PM   #1
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Flagstaff micro lite awning question

My awning doesn’t seem to close tight on the front. Is this normal or is something bent or not mounted correctly? Looks like the part against the wall is not tight in the middle!

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Old 06-01-2021, 08:22 AM   #2
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check the alignment of the main support arm it looks like the fabric might be pulling the arm over and not allowing it to fully close. You can verify how straight the arm is with a 6' level or 4' if you don't have the longer on held against the arm when fully open. If its straight a fabric adjustment might solve the problem. good luck
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Old 06-01-2021, 04:16 PM   #3
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SeaDog is probably right. I have a 2013 21DS and it's doing the same thing. My awning fabric is ripped and stretched, so it doesn't close properly. I ordered new fabric yesterday, so I'm hoping that that fixes the problem.
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Old 06-01-2021, 08:08 PM   #4
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Jay I got up and looked at mine It is a 2015 and up close it is starting to get brittle with one rip. I think it is too worn to try and reposition. I’d love to hear what you ordered, how the install goes and if you like the one you purchased. Looks like it is in my future also.
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Old 06-01-2021, 10:18 PM   #5
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I just bought a 17 foot replacement fabric (16'2") for 139 in polar white the color I will use to replace my black when it needs it for 139.00
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Old 06-01-2021, 11:02 PM   #6
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Jay I got up and looked at mine It is a 2015 and up close it is starting to get brittle with one rip. I think it is too worn to try and reposition. I’d love to hear what you ordered, how the install goes and if you like the one you purchased. Looks like it is in my future also.
This is what I bought: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R92HZZG

While researching, I discovered the 21DS comes with an acrylic awning. While acrylic "breathes" better and comes with more pattern choices, it is more likely to tear and stretch than vinyl. I patched where I could, but determined it's too far gone to get me through this year. I'll report back how the install goes, which I hope will be this coming weekend.
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Old 06-02-2021, 07:47 AM   #7
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Had this issue with my Wildcat. Get on the roof. There is a screw that goes through the slot where the awning material is pulled through the slot along the roof line, and through the awning material. Remove the screw (may be a sheet metal screw) and then pull the awning material a few inches toward the rear of the unit. Reinstall the screw.

Cycle the awning a time or two and this should resolve the issue. It did for me.
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Old 06-02-2021, 12:04 PM   #8
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for budget repair/replacement try this site

https://www.recpro.com/scratch-dent-...cement-fabric/
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Mine did that too as it aged. Gorilla tape held mine together on my 2013 21FBRS until 2 months ago as I followed behind in the car & watched it begin to shred away on the outside. Fortunately I had ordered a new one a month before that and decided to forgo all the arguments that come when we try to do some difficult projects & paid Register RV to get it & install it. Got the identical to the original in material as it has held up great in Florida sun (ours sits outside 24/7).

Happily back in the shade again and it rolls up beautifully. Glad for stimulus checks!
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Had this issue with my Wildcat. Get on the roof. There is a screw that goes through the slot where the awning material is pulled through the slot along the roof line, and through the awning material. Remove the screw (may be a sheet metal screw) and then pull the awning material a few inches toward the rear of the unit. Reinstall the screw.

Cycle the awning a time or two and this should resolve the issue. It did for me.

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Exactly what 5er_tom said.

Had the same issue in my TT and this was the super easy fix. Except- I cycled the awning a couple of times in/out after removing the sheetmetal screws and it self adjusted some then I helped it by pulling whichever side was needed until it close perfect. AFTER is set, Then you screw those sheet metal screws back in to hold in place.
No need for new fabric unless of course the fabric is shot.
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Old 06-03-2021, 10:31 AM   #11
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Awning suggestion

We had a similar issue with our awning on our Super Lite. Figured out that the unit had to be close to level for it to roll up properly. This is a 20 ft. awning so it may be a bit more temperamental.
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Old 06-13-2021, 11:02 AM   #12
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This is what I bought: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07R92HZZG

While researching, I discovered the 21DS comes with an acrylic awning. While acrylic "breathes" better and comes with more pattern choices, it is more likely to tear and stretch than vinyl. I patched where I could, but determined it's too far gone to get me through this year. I'll report back how the install goes, which I hope will be this coming weekend.

Well, I promised that I would report back on my awning install. I found the the hardest part of the job was removing the old fabric. It did not slide out of it's track in the roller tube AT ALL without a lot of prying with a screwdriver and cutting away the fabric. The new vinyl fabric seems lighter than the old acrylic. I hope it stands up to the weather well. And you'll be happy to note sdp1234 that once the new fabric was in place, both arms closed perfectly, so the old fabric being out of alignment definitely affected how it closed.
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Old 06-13-2021, 01:05 PM   #13
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I have found the easiest way to remover the fabric from the awning tube is to cut it free of the main awning and then cut the fabric between the valance slot and the awning slot and remove one at a time. Hopefully you won't have to do that again.
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Old 06-25-2021, 08:20 PM   #14
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I removed the screws, sprayed the track with silicon. Then opened and closed a couple times while adjusting the awning in the track. After it was pretty straight I reinstalled the small screws. Overall it is much better. Not perfect but almost. I’ll keep this awning for the season and replace it in the spring. Thanks for the help.
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Old 07-02-2021, 09:26 PM   #15
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Me too

I can't believe this post jumped up at me. Both my awnings must have the same problem so will start on the look see when I'm on the roof next.
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