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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, 10:42 PM   #31
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I left my awning out and unattended for an hour last year. Never again. I thunderstorm rolled through and completely destroyed the awning.
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Old 08-26-2016, 11:06 PM   #32
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My awning is described as a "Sun Shade" and not meant for rain.
We do not leave it our unless we can easily retract it withing mins and never at night.
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Old 08-27-2016, 05:42 AM   #33
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Witt the awning auto dump if you tighten the screws in the metal Slot? I like to keep my awning on a slant from the trailer to the roller edge of the awning.
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Old 08-27-2016, 07:12 AM   #34
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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.
We love our awning and it is out almost all the time we are camping, except when a heavier wind or heavy rain is expected or happening. We feel that it about doubles the size of the "living space" of our camper, which is a 24 footer with no slides. We have an outdoor mat, and a portable outdoor kitchen, grill/stove, table, etc. that we set up under the awning. We do a lot of living out there and it keeps us in the shade when the sun is very hot, and it keeps us and our stuff dry when it is raining (put not heavy downpouring).

With most awnings being about 16 foot long or longer and something like 8 foot wide, that is a HUGE surface that acts like a sail to catch wind. Exactly what do you want RV manufacturers to do? You can install de-flappers and anchor tie-downs to the awning, but nothing is going to prevent that sail from catching a big wind gust.

For us, we would MUCH rather have our awning knowing its (somewhat minor) limitations, than not have it at all.
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Old 08-27-2016, 12:17 PM   #35
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Our Carefree Travel'R awning has a self dumping feature that works quite well. I was reading at their website about their "Direct Response (TM) electronic system" that detects excess motion in the awning and will automatically close it if the limits are exceed, thereby preventing damage to the awning. I am going to look into the Direct Response system for my awning.
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Old 08-27-2016, 05:10 PM   #36
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I find the older Dometic manual awning much more sturdy than these new power awnings. As mentioned, if a strong wind kicks up along with rain, it'll rip the awning right off the trailer.


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Old 08-31-2016, 12:31 PM   #37
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Ours stays out, slanted for rain runoff. We do roll it back up if we are going to be away from the campsite for a time.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:04 PM   #38
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Ours is out all the time, all the way. Water rolls off without any problem. Don't even have to slant it. Granted if, a thunderstorm rolls through with heavy winds, we might take it in. But rain, never so far.
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Old 08-31-2016, 01:11 PM   #39
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Deploy the awning upon arrival.


If too windy torrential rain: pack it up.


Anything short of that, it stays out and we'll clear any puddles later.
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Old 08-31-2016, 02:14 PM   #40
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If it's really windy we bring awning in.
However because we have electric awning which can't handle as much wind as manual awning. I made awning tie down poles from PVC. Awning rest in PVC cradle and a strap is anchor to a tie down.
I always lower one side when setting up.
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