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Old 10-08-2012, 06:46 PM   #1
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Soggy Awning

While closed, the Carefree awning on my X17Z collects (and retains) rain water. Not only does this make for an unplanned shower when I open it, but it also results in mildew staining (this time, orange splotches) I keep the front of the trailer 2" above level and the awning side about 1" up which keeps rain from collecting on the roof, but does not keep water out of the awning. Any recommendations?
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:31 PM   #2
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Mine does too. Every time I open the awning its wet, not sure much can be done about it. I try to air it out often.
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Old 10-08-2012, 07:59 PM   #3
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Old 10-08-2012, 09:03 PM   #4
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My old Jayco PUp had a heavy, zippered storage "bag" which was mounted on the railing and into which the awning closed. Wonder if there is a comparable product out ther that would work on a Carefree?
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You can buy awnings with an aluminum edge right next to the coach. It covers the awning fabric and keeps out a lot of the water.
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Old 10-10-2012, 11:16 PM   #6
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Just love coming up with answers to my own questions (well, part of my questions, anyway). Take a look at http://www.moldarmor.com/product/mildew-stain-remover-plus-blocker-32-oz-fg523. The product is rated as safe for use on rv awning material and has pretty good reviews, so I think I'll give it a try. Won't stop the unexpected shower problem (still researching that), but at least I won't be getting a face full of wet mildew next time I open the awning.
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Old 10-11-2012, 05:07 AM   #7
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Hi BluJay,

... same problem here. I'm with Crabman on this one. I keep it as clean dry as I can, but it still has some discoloring, or blothing. I had the same idea of a protective bag (I too had a Jayco PUP.), but I think there would be little demand so they would be very expensive. While it's a good idea, I don't think most owners would be willing to use it because of the height issue. On the PUP it was chest-high and easy to deal with.

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Old 10-11-2012, 08:45 AM   #8
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Will rolling the awning " under or clockwise" help. The water should just run off. Larry
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Old 10-11-2012, 09:00 AM   #9
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you can cut a 2L plastic pop bottle to fit over the ends when in storage.. this will keep the water out but you will have to get up there and remove it every time you want to use the awning..
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Good post!,

I know that there is large spring inside the roller, but it would be kind of neat if the awning was able to roll up on the inside of the tube, therefore protecting it. As previously mentioned you can put a large plastic tube with slit in it over the roller but it gets put on once the awning is rolled up. Here is a job for a tinkerer.
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