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Old 08-09-2012, 09:07 AM   #11
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I bought 6" PVC pipe and made lengthwise cutouts to go over the awning. One of the edges of the PVC sits in the upper half of the water gutter. Thus far, I have secured the pipe with cedar shims(friction) between the gutter and the pipe. So far so good on securing it this way. Make sure you don't tow your TT with this in place. This method keeps the awning dry and protects it from the sun. A little bit of work having to get a tall ladder out to attach them, but I replaced an awning once and never want to do it again!!!
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:15 PM   #12
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After a rain we leave ours out until it is dry. If it is rolled up and we get rain we put it out until it dries.
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Old 08-11-2012, 04:48 AM   #13
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I wash mine after every trip, let it dry completely in the sun and wind before rolling it back up. After rolling it up I immediately park the trailer in my shop building. When I pull it out to load up I'll open the awning and it is wet and stinky. No, my shop building doesn't have a leaky roof.

I believe that water gets into the roller during the washing process or from exposure to rain. Then when it is rolled up, the water seeps out through the end cap joints and follows the roller where it is pulled into the rolled up awning due to capillary action.

My solution is to drill a tiny hole in the bottom of each end of the roller when in the stowed position. The only problem is I don't know what's inside the roller and where it is located so I don't drill into the wind up mechanism.

Also, after washing and sun drying, I can tilt the awning to the front or back and lots of water will run out so the key is to get the water to drain out of the roller.

Anybody ever take a roller apart to see whats inside? Maybe someone can post pics or a shot from a repair manual.
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Old 08-11-2012, 08:09 AM   #14
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krackeer--Just keep your finger on the button when you extend & it will retract. Depending on which way it is rolling when extending you may have to do it twice to get it to retract rolling over itself,ie clockwise looking from the side. Larry
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:17 AM   #15
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I know it's a p.i.t.a. but if nice weather before a trip, I would open the awning a few days ahead just to dry out.
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:31 AM   #16
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I think I'm am going to order 1 of these
http://awningpro-tech.com/products/

Anyone use them?
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:57 AM   #17
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I have had 5 different Trailers 4 had manual awnings and the Jayco has electric all have been wet at some time when opened up i dont think that you can keep water out even with it covered thru the winter its still wet. and when I got the new trailer with electric awning the dealer told me not to roll it up backwards as it could bend the arms so that is something I wouldnt do it might work for some but I would check with service dept. first
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