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TimOnTheRoad

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Posted: 12/14/11 10:59am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Been in AZ for about 5 weeks now, and have gotten a lot of rain, this week it has been raining for 3 days so far. Everytime I open the door on my TT rain drips into the door opening. If I put my awning out a foot or two, just enough to channel rain away from the entrance do you think it would be ok in a moderate wind. In the 5 weeks I have been here there hasnt been anything I would consider stronger then a good breeze...but dont want to have my awning damaged either....opinions? Tim

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If you have it extended at all then there always exists the possibility that the wind can catch it. How much wind would it take and what are the odds, who knows? I'd say it comes down to how lucky do you feel versus how much it costs to repair.

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Posted: 12/14/11 11:21am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Personally I have done it. I'm a light sleeper so I normally hear it when it starts flapping. If you hear it bouncing around definitely put it in.

If you are leaving the trailer and can't get back to it within a few minutes of a storm then I wouldn't leave it out.

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Posted: 12/14/11 11:22am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

should be ok to leave it extended when you're around the RV so if it gets windy you can take it in. Just retract it any time you'll be gone.


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The OPs question was whether it would be ok to leave the awning open a foot or two. I don't think it would hurt, as long as the water is draining out of one of the ends. If it is a very large awning, water could possibly pool in the middle, causing the tube to bend. I would do it, just keep an eye on it. As far as fully extending it, we all know how the wind can really come up quickly, so just make sure you retract it before leaving or going to bed. Good luck!


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Posted: 12/14/11 11:43am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Ours is either all the way in or all the way out.. Never found much advantage in only extending it a foot or two.
A foot or two provides minimal if any protection from sun or rain.


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We use ours(both of the awnings)like this alot because of wind, and not wanting sun or rain(not much of that in Palm Springs) on the side or entry of the coach. Extend 2 or 3 feet while we're home. Retract when we leave. We leave our sun screens on also. No problems at all..

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Posted: 12/14/11 01:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If it is a manual operated one the only problem I see is if it is partially opened the side support arms can't be used so nothing would keep the whole awning assembly from banging back & forth against rig.

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We had a Carefree manual awning and a friend showed me a little trick that I used often.
Pull your awning down and out. Set the side arms into their place at the tube end but don’t tighten the set screws. Let the awning back up until it hits the side arms. It is about 1/3 of the way out. It stays tight and withstands some very strong wind gusts.
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Mine is electric powered and it says in the owner's manuel that it can be stopped and used at any point desired


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