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Old 06-14-2012, 11:47 AM   #1
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Electric Awning and Autodump

When I full extend my awning it has a lot of swag, is this normal? I roll mine back a little to take up the slack, but I was curious if that was the right thing to do. If I don't I get a lot of flapping when the wind blows. Does that mess with the dump feature?

With the slack taken out of the awning, the slide in the barrel for the awning lights is up touching the material, and I can't put any out.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:23 PM   #2
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The electric awnings are not very secure in the wind. I would run it in even if it looks like the wind will blow.
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Old 06-14-2012, 12:54 PM   #3
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What you're doing is correct. You're fine on the autodump due to that taking place in the shock struts. They will compress under weight and reach a degree where the water will run off it. If you have too much slag in it the water will pool in the middle and it could tear at an attachement point.

I also agree with taking it in under a strong or uneaven breeze such as one with occasional strong gusts every few mintues. The flat pitch ones really can give you scare if that is your model.
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My 2012 has an electric awning that is flat pitch, but can then be adjusted through push pins to slope on either one or both sides - the best of both worlds. You get the headroom & clearance of a flat pitch, and can get draining if it looks like it going to rain.

But yes, you are correct in "tightening up the slack".
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Old 06-14-2012, 09:26 PM   #5
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Bummer, no lights on this unit then. Thanks
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Old 06-15-2012, 12:06 AM   #6
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We have been out three times with our new 23B with an electric awning. The dealer recommend keeping the adjustments to keep the awning level. First trip it rained and we had it setup per the dealers recommendations and it dumped a number of times (Friday night). Sunday we rolled it up and it was FULL of water on top. Next trip, we adjusted the rear arm down one click and it dumped and still had water on top. I then went to three clicks (maximum recommended differential between sides). It rained Hard every night. Not once did I notice it dump. The water flowed off very nicely. There was no water puddles when closed it up. I will be keeping it at this set point.

We also roll it back up just a bit to bring in the slack.
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Bummer, no lights on this unit then. Thanks
You haven't reversed it have you? If you hold in the extend button too long OT will keep going and eventually start to retract, which could affect the wrap direction and impact how far you have to go to take in the slack because the awning is wrapping under the roll, not over. I really hope I explained that clearly......
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Old 06-15-2012, 04:23 AM   #8
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No, its over the roll. To get the slack out, the notch in the drum for the lights is back around touching the bottom of the fabric, making the notch pointing up.
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Warranty, warranty, warranty. That should not be the case. Mine only takes a 1/4 turn. You should ask for new arms that take the slack out fully. The shock struts are what will take that out for you. If you need to be rolling that back several inches then there is a design flaw that should be corrected under warranty. Might even require a shorter cut awning in that case.

I would express your concerns to your dealer or take pictures and send them to Jayco directly with your issue. You then may obtain a warranty claim number to take to your dealer for correction. It's worth a shot if your unit is under warranty.
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A warranty repair is probably your best option.

Another option could be the Telco "roll up" light holders. I had them in my last TT and the worked greqt. They are a couple of inches long and you should be able to hook up your lights and then roll it up a few inches further.
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