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Old 06-13-2018, 05:48 PM   #1
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Awning Question

When we picked up our 2018 X17Z the guy who gave us the walk though told us when its windy or raining we need to retract the awing. I'm a fan of hanging out under the awing, having a few beers during the rain as long as its not raining sideways so how much rain and wind is too much? We also use the awning to keep things dry when it rains so I don't really want to have to retract it each time it starts raining.
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Relating a personal experience, leaving it out may expose you to some risk. We were camping in north-central Illinois in 2016 when a strong front moved through unexpectedly. My Seneca had an automatic wind sensor system that would store the awning automatically if the winds kicked up. The first wind caught our awning and before the auto-store system could react, it twisted and broke the front arm immediately. The National Weather Service later confirmed our area suffered numerous microbursts. Many in the campground had awning damage, even some tied to the ground. Those it tore the canopy itself. We had no canopy damage, just the front arm.

Would I be afraid to leave it out in a gentle rain, no. But any wind.......it goes in before we suffer again, even though I still have the Carefree Auto-Response System!
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:16 PM   #3
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Wind is the most damaging thing in my opinion.

On ours we can adjust the angle. I think I lowered the front by 1 or 2 clicks, and the rear by 2 additional clicks. I drains off really nicwly. The auto dump never activates, and we have been in heavy downpours.
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Old 06-13-2018, 06:26 PM   #4
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Thanks for the responses. I have to assume the wind guest were pretty strong in order to bring that down. I'll be more aware of the wind than the rain.
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We've left ours out in all kinds of weather. In most of the parks we camp in, wind isn't much of a problem as we are well sheltered by trees that take the brunt of the force. Ours has an auto-dump and it has always worked well. I understand (and have noticed at RV shows) that awnings have gotten lighter weight over time, so your mileage may vary. If you are sitting out, then watch it closely the first couple of times. If rain builds and doesn't dump properly, bring it in.
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Windy is definitely a situation where you should retract the awning. It may not only save the awning from structural damage should a very strong gust of wind occur but saves wear and tear on the awning material. An awning flying over the RV may end up doing damage to other surfaces on the RV.

As far as rain is concerned, it could be an issue if water ends up pooling in an area. The added weight (something like 8.3 lbs/gallon) might eventually tear the awning material. If the awning is angled so water doesn't accumulate then I don't see there being a problem with leaving the awning out in a mild rain shower.
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Thanks. I can adjust the awning so it leans down or to one side so not to worried about it pooling. I'll be very aware of the wind though.
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They do a lot of other damage when they get trashed, not to mention expensive!
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Thanks. I can adjust the awning so it leans down or to one side so not to worried about it pooling. I'll be very aware of the wind though.
That's it exactly! I often sit under mine in the rain tilted to one side. The big thing for me is to never leave it unattended. I made that mistake once and it poured unexpectedly while we were at dinner. I neglected to tilt it before we left. We came back to a destroyed awning.
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In Rapid city a few years ago, someone left their awning out... it not only ruined the awing, but blew it up and over the trailer and broke the AC along with it. I never leave the awning up when I'm not sitting right there. In Utah we have been getting 3 - 45 MPH winds almost daily from about 2 to 4 pm. It would certainly kill any awning, even tied down, if left out.
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My plan is to put it in if we leave the site for a long period of time and if the wind picks up. We do have an easy up as well we bring with us so that will help. Thanks for everyone's suggestions.
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I have a 2012 X23B and not figure out how to adjust the awning for rain. I push the buttons but the arms do not move. Do you need to retract the awning a little before adjusting?
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Old 06-27-2022, 11:15 AM   #13
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I found mine much easier to adjust with the awning almost fully retracted.
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Old 06-27-2022, 11:26 AM   #14
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If I can "hear" the awning, I bring it in.
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Old 12-06-2022, 07:02 PM   #15
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I have the same camper, but can't get the awning to adjust. I am going to try spraying the click buttons and arms and see if I can adjust them. Do you adjust them with the canvas only partial opened or fully open?
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As mentioned pull it in right before it causes $$$$ in damage. It's like playing chicken. How long can you wait?
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Makes me glad that I have a totally manual awning on my trailer. Tie down the front corners to the ground and it can handle a heck of a lot of wind.
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If I can "hear" the awning, I bring it in.
Same here.
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