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Old 05-18-2015, 09:12 AM   #1
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Awning Leaking

Both of our awnings (main & 2nd awning on slide out) are leaking around the roller tube during a rain.
Both awnings are Dometic 9100 power awnings.
Seems like water is seeping through the stitching of the awning where the main part of the awning connects to the roller tube.

I've contacted Jayco about this, but have not received a response yet.

Has anyone else had a similar issue?

Thanks in advance for your response.
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Old 05-18-2015, 10:39 AM   #2
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Stitching has been known to leak a little. I would close the awning up just a little so the stitching is on top of the tube.
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:18 AM   #3
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Stitching has been known to leak a little. I would close the awning up just a little so the stitching is on top of the tube.
Hi Grumpy,

That's an excellent idea, never thought of doing that.
I was also thinking about getting some tent waterproofing or something similar to try and waterproof the stitching.
Since it's still under warranty, I'll wait to see what Jayco has to say before doing any DIY fixes.

Thanks for the reply.
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:22 AM   #4
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Can you adjust the pitch?

On my electric awning it can be adjusted at the arms. I would pitch one side a little lower than the other so water can't pool and leak. By pitching you can direct were the water will drain.

Keeping water from pooling should also help prevent the material from stretching and sagging over time.
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Old 05-18-2015, 11:31 AM   #5
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Can you adjust the pitch?

On my electric awning it can be adjusted at the arms. I would pitch one side a little lower than the other so water can't pool and leak. By pitching you can direct were the water will drain.

Keeping water from pooling should also help prevent the material from stretching and sagging over time.
Hi Clubhouse,

Yea, I had both awnings pitched to the maximum allowable pitch to one side.
But that didn't help the dripping off the roller tube at all. It was a constant water drip along the whole roller tube, while water was running off the awning from the pitch. It wasn't that hard of a rain even, so I don't think water was pooling too much. Just running down along the seam with the pitch. It just happens that the seam is exposed right in the valley where the water is running down the pitch.

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Old 05-18-2015, 11:46 AM   #6
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Another thought ---

On those electric awnings if you deloy it all the way, continue to hold the switch it will start to roll back changing the orientration of the tube to the awning material. This changes the tube from being on top of the awning material to being on the bottom of the material.

If I understand what you describe, it sounds like currently the tub is on top creating a valley. Maybe try holding the switch to change the orientation of the tub to eliminate the "Valley"

Another benefit is if the material rolls over the top of the tub, when its retracted there is no gap for water to collect in while being stored.

All else fails, I would be using seam sealer like you already mentioned.
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Old 05-18-2015, 12:38 PM   #7
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If I understand what you describe, it sounds like currently the tub is on top creating a valley. Maybe try holding the switch to change the orientation of the tub to eliminate the "Valley"
Clubhouse,

The tube is below the awning. What I meant by "valley" is where the awning fabric is attached to the roller tube. The awning fabric is attached in 2 location / 2 slots of the roller tube so the fabric goes ~1/4 way around the tube. The slot, toward the trailer, is used to attach the main awning fabric extended from the trailer. Then a 2nd slot is used to attach the top portion of the awning flap.
The "valley" I'm referring to is that where the awning fabric is attached to the roller tube slot closest trailer creates a slight valley because when the awning is fully extended, where the awning is attached to the roller tube is not at the top of the tube.

I think Grumpy had the best work around idea to retract the awning slightly so the steams are not exposed. That'll probably work until I get it fixed.

I just heard back from Jayco customer service. They said to take it back to the dealership to be addressed.

Thanks for your help & suggestions.
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I agree, Grumpy has the best solution.

Best of luck
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Old 05-18-2015, 02:43 PM   #9
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We just picked up our TT and noticed the same thing. Awning was pitched and it was slightly rolled in so there was no valley, the seam was on top about 30 degrees forward. Please update us on what they say, I was also thinking about using tent seam sealer on the threads.
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Old 05-19-2015, 11:08 AM   #10
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Noticed ours is leaking along the trailer side - you could see light through the stitching holes. May need to figure out a way to stop it, unless it should/would be warrantied?
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