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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 18.69%
I leave my awning up, except when it is windy, BUT I do lower one end for better runoff. 54 50.47%
I store the awning when I go to bed or leave for anytime or there is rain threatening. 33 30.84%
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Old 08-25-2016, 02:45 PM   #1
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Awning open or closed during a light shower ?

My daughter's family bought a 2016 287BHSW and have had some issues with it. Only only there second trip, the awning arm bent after a light overnight rain (no high winds). The dealer is now telling them that they should close their awning any time it LOOKS like rain !

What do you people do overnight or when you leave the campsite for a few hours ? Leave it up or roll it in ?
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Old 08-25-2016, 02:51 PM   #2
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I keep one side lower so the water wont pool up..
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Old 08-25-2016, 02:52 PM   #3
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I might roll it up if we know of a huge storm coming but never for a normal rain/wind storm. I'm talking Thunderstorm warnings or Tornado Watch, I might roll it up.
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Old 08-25-2016, 03:00 PM   #4
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Don't lower an end because that interferes with the autodump feature. Have had it fully extended through some unexpected heavy wind gusts as well with no issues. Mine is a CareFree of Colorado power awning, and the arms seem much heavier than the manual type awnings.
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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.
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Old 08-25-2016, 03:03 PM   #6
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Even a light wind can lift these awnings up and slam them right back down and bend a arm. Ive seen it done.. If the trees are blowing roll it in. Light rain, lower one side or just simply roll it in.. Now there is a manufacturer defect on certain arms. See if they qualify..

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Old 08-25-2016, 03:26 PM   #7
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In 14 seasons of having 2 different trailers with an awning I've only had the need to close it on 2 occasions.

Once in West Yellowstone, MT. A "light snow" nearly destroyed the awning, I left it open over night not knowing we were going to get 1/2 inch of snow. It stayed stowed away the rest of the trip.

The second time was this past June. We were on the shore of Lake Michigan in the Upper Peninsula. Lots of easterly wind that weekend right off the lake. One night the awning was bouncing so much I closed it.

Other than that, rain is a big part of the reason I use the awning. As said above, just set one arm lower so it runs off.
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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.
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I might leave it out a foot or two if it's damp or light rain. Any wind and I bring it in.
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Other than that, rain is a big part of the reason I use the awning. As said above, just set one arm lower so it runs off.
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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.
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The awning's "status" is always under review. We try to keep it out as much as possible and will just lower a corner during light/moderate rainfall unless there is the threat of severe weather close by, then we roll it up.

The only other time we roll it up is if we are leaving the campsite for more than an hour or so.

Since we are almost never out of cell phone range, smartphone radar and weather warnings are a wonderful thing that assist us in keeping awnings out as much as possible.
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