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Old 07-26-2019, 03:57 PM   #1
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Rainwater always inside my retractable awning

We own a 2018 ROO 21SS. The unit is stored outside. Whenever it rains, water gets inside the rolled up awning. Iím not talking just a little bit, the whole underneath of the awning is wet. Every time! If I donít open it up after every rain event, mold will start to grow on the underneath side.

Anyone have any advise? The awning is retracted as far as it goes. Put a cover on it? Will that stop it? Thanks!
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Unfortunately common with most of today's RV awnings.

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It's just a fact of owning. Everything I have seen or tried didn't do any good. Just open it up for a few minutes and be done with it at no cost.
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The awning edges wick water inside.
Pretty normal for most awnings.
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Old 07-27-2019, 06:29 AM   #5
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Capillary Action

Capillary Action ó once you understand it, you may be able to develop a solution for your awning.

https://www.usgs.gov/special-topic/w...center_objects

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Nature of the beast. I've seen folks with cut-off spray bottles on each end, zip tied garbage bags, etc., nothing is 100% effective.
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Anyone have any advise? The awning is retracted as far as it goes. Put a cover on it? Will that stop it? Thanks!
I have a cover on my awning, and I still have to open it up the let the water drain and evaporate.
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Old 07-28-2019, 12:31 AM   #8
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We own a 2018 ROO 21SS. The unit is stored outside. Whenever it rains, water gets inside the rolled up awning. Iím not talking just a little bit, the whole underneath of the awning is wet. Every time! If I donít open it up after every rain event, mold will start to grow on the underneath side.

Anyone have any advise? The awning is retracted as far as it goes. Put a cover on it? Will that stop it? Thanks!
bearcat1, I would wear out the motor on mine if I had to open it after every rain event here in SE Louisiana. I bought some Vinyl "K" style gutters at the local big box Home Depot for less than $5 per 10 ft stick. I have an 18 ft awning, so I used 2 sticks. Simply turn them upside down over the awning with the straight side in the RV rain gutter and the rest of the awning will fit inside the inverted vinyl gutter. I let the pieces slightly overlap in the center and the outer ends cover the supports. That's it ... no glue , no sun degradation on the fabric, and best of all no water in the rolled up awning with resulting mildew or mold. Remove it for traveling since it probably is not secure enough to handle the wind on the interstate at 60+ m.p.h. (We just went through Hurricane Barry and the vinyl gutters stayed in place and the awning was dry.) I install and remove from atop a 6 ft step ladder. ..... Swampy
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bearcat1, I would wear out the motor on mine if I had to open it after every rain event here in SE Louisiana. I bought some Vinyl "K" style gutters at the local big box Home Depot for less than $5 per 10 ft stick. I have an 18 ft awning, so I used 2 sticks. Simply turn them upside down over the awning with the straight side in the RV rain gutter and the rest of the awning will fit inside the inverted vinyl gutter. I let the pieces slightly overlap in the center and the outer ends cover the supports. That's it ... no glue , no sun degradation on the fabric, and best of all no water in the rolled up awning with resulting mildew or mold. Remove it for traveling since it probably is not secure enough to handle the wind on the interstate at 60+ m.p.h. (We just went through Hurricane Barry and the vinyl gutters stayed in place and the awning was dry.) I install and remove from atop a 6 ft step ladder. ..... Swampy



So simple, so easy, and it works so well..
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Old 07-28-2019, 06:28 PM   #10
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Call it "wicking" or "capillary action", or call it a PITA! It's a force of physics that you will never get away from without sealing the ends of the awning. Just do what the rest of us do, open the awning when it dry out and let the moisture evaporate. Clean the underside when necessary, and learn to enjoy the camping experience in spite of the little headaches you encounter along the way. The XYL and I call all of this "our ADVENTURE"! We just finished another adventure today, and the first of the season WITHOUT RAIN!
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its as everyone says - normal. someone told me that if I was worried about to drill tiny holes in the fabric along the full length to let it out when rolled up. Don't think so Tim was my response
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Old 07-30-2019, 08:32 PM   #12
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Ok... thanks all. Iíll try the gutter thing and if that doesnít work Iíll just deal with it and enjoy the rest of the camper. Or maybe Iíll just do the holes in the edges.. not!
BTW...Headed to the Smoky Mountains in 11 days for a week long trip. Canít wait.
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We have the same Roo and the same issue. Don't know if you found an answer but I have been considering permanently attaching a piece of water tight vinyl to the last turn and a half to the awning so that when it's retracted it covers the awning.
I have looked at some of the aluminum options but sure aint gonna pay those prices.
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