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Old 03-25-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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Flat pitch carefree awning

I learned something new this weekend at the RV Rally this weekend in Phoenix. I stopped by the carefree awning site and was talking to their rep about my flat pitch non-adjustable awning. I began telling him that it's not an auto dump, which I told him I wish I had. He stated that all flat pitch non-adjustable awnings had the auto-dump feature?? He said to test it, grab the awning at the edge, in the middle (while it's out) and pull on it in a downward motion, he said one of the arms will give away (go down) and then when I let go, it will bounce back up into it's original place. I kind of looked at him in disbelief so he gave me his card and said to try it, If anything happened to the awning while doing it he would replace it for free. Has anyone with a non adjustable flat pitch tried this and if so what was the result?

I also told him I wanted to use some tie-downs on the corners to keep it more rigid and he said absolutely not, don't do it.

What do you guys think??
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Old 03-25-2012, 09:02 PM   #2
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I would test the awning and see what happens. If you tie down the corner it may interfere with the self dump feature.
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How about posting the rep. from Carefree's name on this site? That way if any of us try it we will have a contact if it doesn't work. Just a thought.
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If it has some black struts it will auto dump. If you have had an electric awning out in a good wind you will see why they don't suggest tying it down.

I helped a guy with bent up arms when he had an electric awning tied down. Most of the metal parts were bent beyond repair and had to be replaced.
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Old 03-26-2012, 12:17 AM   #5
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How about posting the rep. from Carefree's name on this site? That way if any of us try it we will have a contact if it doesn't work. Just a thought.
That's a good idea, although I would hate to throw his name out there without his consent.
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If it has some black struts it will auto dump. If you have had an electric awning out in a good wind you will see why they don't suggest tying it down.

I helped a guy with bent up arms when he had an electric awning tied down. Most of the metal parts were bent beyond repair and had to be replaced.
I do have the stuts on my awning, I will try when I get it back form service and post the results.

Without the tie-downs, will the awning pretty much just buckle over the roof in the eye of a wind storm?
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:07 AM   #7
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I dont know if I would like the auto dump feature or not. I know exactly what it would do with me walking underneath it carrying a plate full of eggs and bacon with gravy in one hand and my good fresh made bean coffee in the other hand...

I think I will continue to use the slight tilting of one side to allow the water to run-off naturally. At least I would know where the water run-off is going to. It could be the newer model awmings dont allow this feature of tilting the awning to one side or the other.

We old dogs get used to doing things one way and hard to change to the newer ideas coming out on the market. Even when the new ideas are the greatest thing yet...
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RoyBraddy,

Personally, I don't really like our flat pitch roof, I would rather have an adjustable awning to control not only the water run-off, but also the amount of shade we could use.
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I do have the stuts on my awning, I will try when I get it back form service and post the results.

Without the tie-downs, will the awning pretty much just buckle over the roof in the eye of a wind storm?
Yes, on ours the arms will come up and the awning will soar above the trailer roof. Looks scarry.
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That's a good idea, although I would hate to throw his name out there without his consent.
Good point. Maybe if it doesn't work and you need to contact him you could get his permission to post his name. Then again, if it doesn't work, he may not want to hear from the rest of us. . I will try it when we go out in a couple of weeks. Probably won't be raining, but I can sort of visualize how it would work. Thanks for bringing this up. So far I haven't had any problems, but better to know what to do if I have one.
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