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View Poll Results: Do you leave your awning up or down at night or when there is a chance of light rain
I leave my awning up, except when it is windy. 20 19.05%
I leave my awning up, except when it is windy, BUT I do lower one end for better runoff. 53 50.48%
I store the awning when I go to bed or leave for anytime or there is rain threatening. 32 30.48%
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Old 08-25-2016, 05:16 PM   #11
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I leave mine out at the beach where it always rains and the wind blows. I have a Vacation'R room attached to anchor it. The dump feature still works. No worries in 20+mph winds. Without the room I would roll it in for wind but not rain.

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Old 08-25-2016, 05:50 PM   #12
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I leave mine out unless the winds get real high and I never lock the knobs on the arms I leave them loose to flex if necessary

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Old 08-25-2016, 06:20 PM   #13
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I leave it out unless it really gets windy. I've been away when a heavy rain has hit unexpectedly and came back to one end down, so apparently the auto-dump worked... If I expect rain, I will lower the rear one to shed water away from the camp site.

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Old 08-25-2016, 06:58 PM   #14
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We had ours out this summer when an unexpected storm came up and I forgot the awning was out. We were inside the camper and heard a loud crash and looked out to see that our Carefree Power awning had "Auto Dumped itself right onto the ground at one end and mangled the upright arms mounted on the camper on the other end. The end that came down was actually the roll had broken away from the motor. Point being, I would not trust the auto-dump feature to work properly because ours didn't.
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Old 08-25-2016, 07:38 PM   #15
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Originally Posted by bansai View Post
Probably use my awning about 15 % of the time. If it's getting windy, it's not out. I never leave the TT or go to sleep with it out. No reason to risk it.
X2, we only use awning when we are at the site and no rain/wind is predicted. Weather report calls for mild rain and out of nowhere a gust comes thru at 2am and your awning is toast.
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Old 08-25-2016, 08:31 PM   #16
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My awning is motorized, so I wouldn't know how to make it lower on one side...I usually put it out all the way...
I bring it in when any winds come up over say, 15 mph or so. Out West, winds change from soft breeze to hurricane in a split second..
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:01 PM   #17
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I've had mine open during heavy rain. It has a dump feature but I lower one side if there is any wind. If it's really bad I'll retract it but it's been out during some pretty good rain with no issues...

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Old 08-25-2016, 09:16 PM   #18
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We spend 4 months in the Show Low are of northern Az and out awning is out for the full 4 months, rain, wind and hail. We have the Arms that I built under the awning and tied down and have not had any problems whatsoever. Had hail tonight and rain and the awning stayed right where it was. I got the awning on position 5 out of 6 and the water runs right off.
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Old 08-25-2016, 09:17 PM   #19
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Originally Posted by bluie5 View Post
That's why I use the awning. To keep stuff dry or sit under when it rains. If it's storming and windy I bring it in. When away for the day I drop both ends all the way down. Mine auto dumps so I leave the arms alone except when gone.
We bring our "stuff" - chairs, bikes, grill, firewood, etc. under the awning at night to prevent the dew getting them wet, and also when it rains. We don't have one of those fancy power awnings and hearing the problems people have, I'm glad we don't. Pulling down and putting up an awning isn't hard work.
We just lower one side so rain can drain off. If the wind gets really bad, then we put it up, but otherwise we use it to keep us and our stuff dry, just like bluie5 said.
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Old 08-26-2016, 11:54 AM   #20
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Our awning is out with one side set for auto-dump. So if it rains hard before I can get to it I know it will be ok. If I know it's going to rain I'll lower one side ahead of time.
If I know it's going to be windy I'll bring it in.
At night or when we are leaving the area we bring it in.

On our old trailer I would leave it out overnight. Woke up one time at 2am to a absolute downpour, by the time I got out the door the awning was sagging big time in the middle. I thought it was going to drown me when I dumped it. The wife said she could feel the trailer lean back to level when it dumped. Never again.

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