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View Poll Results: Do you leave your awning up or down at night or when there is a chance of light rain
I leave my awning up, except when it is windy. 20 18.69%
I leave my awning up, except when it is windy, BUT I do lower one end for better runoff. 54 50.47%
I store the awning when I go to bed or leave for anytime or there is rain threatening. 33 30.84%
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Old 08-26-2016, 12:22 PM   #21
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I wonder how many could benefit from Reading The Fine Manual that comes with their awning. I know our current power awning is quite different from our previous manual one, and some of my former learnings were wrong. For the autodump to work on ours there should be no or very little tilt (side to side) to the awning. Adding tilt disables the autodump feature. We had some very heavy rains in the Adirondacks early season and the autodump was working great; as weight built up, one arm would drop slightly to funnel the water off, and then rise back into position. I have since added a bit more pitch to the awning overall (drop the front by two notches) and the autodump didn't even kick in during the last heavy rain as the water was shedding fine on its own. I don't worry about rain at all, but I can feel the TT shake during heavy winds and will retract for that.

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Old 08-26-2016, 12:24 PM   #22
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Awning is only out when were out. If we leave we put it in, at bed we put it in. In South Dakota I saw several awnings, that, when an unexpected wind came up, blew the awning up and over the RV damaging not only the awning and arms, but damaging the A/C. No reason to leave it out when your not there, and not worth the chance on an unexpected gust to cause damage.

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Old 08-26-2016, 01:58 PM   #23
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I think that the enemy is wind, not rain. I have had my carefree power awning out in really really heavy rain, and the "auto dump" which really means one side gets heavy and compresses the gas shock then the water flows off worked really well.
But last month, I had the awning out in a light drizzle, and a sudden gust of wind came up and the whole thing flew up, and one side came out of the rails. It was really quite interesting and I have no idea how it came out of the rails. I have had it out in slight breezes, and as long as it doesn't whip it too violently I leave it out.
At night, I usually roll it in except for a couple feet to keep the dew off the items close to the trailer.
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Old 08-26-2016, 02:17 PM   #24
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Read the manual and still would not rely on the auto rain dump feature. The auto dump feature relies on the weight balance with the spring mechanism. Road grime or debris will prevent the automatic function and result in a collapsed awning. Manually tilting the awning allows the rain water to run off 100% of the time without requiring sufficient weight build up on the awning to trigger the auto-dump feature.
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Old 08-26-2016, 04:35 PM   #25
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We bring it in for heavy rain and/or wind. Last year we were out and our neighbor at the campground was on his first trip in a brand new unit. Well, he and family went to town and left the awning out. You guessed it, the wind kicked up and blew the awning right over the top of his toy. He had to tie it in place and drive back to his dealer for a new one. I'm not tempting that drive of shame.
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Old 08-26-2016, 05:16 PM   #26
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Originally Posted by theoldwizard1 View Post
My daughter's family bought a 2016 287BHSW and have had some issues with it. Only only there second trip, the awning arm bent after a light overnight rain (no high winds). The dealer is now telling them that they should close their awning any time it LOOKS like rain !

What do you people do overnight or when you leave the campsite for a few hours ? Leave it up or roll it in ?
Close the awning when it looks like rain ????????????
What do we have awnings for ????????
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Old 08-26-2016, 05:33 PM   #27
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Old 08-26-2016, 05:56 PM   #28
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We have a power awning. The front is down one notch, back is down three notches. I have seen the auto dump work in that configuration, but it was an extreme down pour. In general it is out the entire time we are out camping. Once in a while in places we know there is extreme wimd, I'll bring it in. Sometimes only part way, so the door is still protected.
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Old 08-26-2016, 06:37 PM   #29
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Originally Posted by skidoorider View Post
Close the awning when it looks like rain ????????????
What do we have awnings for ????????
The short answer is because they come with the RV. It escapes me that the RV industry that has created all kinds of reliable and creative features for their units, can't design an awning system that is capable of standing up to moderate rain and wind. Truth is IMHO that rv awnings are basically worthless unless you are sitting in your site and are reactive to changes in the weather. When you have witnessed the aftermath of an awning left open during a light but gusty wind you can then draw your own conclusion.
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:21 PM   #30
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We monitor ours closely and close it up when we go to bed. It has been through some decent rain and having a slight drop on one end makes it drain effectively.

Side question, perhaps for another thread... Do people tie down the power ones? I have seen some of these tied down and I was wondering if it helps the newer version.

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