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Posted: 07/27/12 04:12pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can you partially extend a Dometic awning when on a narrow site? If so, what steps need to be taken?

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I have seen it done, don't see where anything special would need to be done.


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I have done it many times with the older awnings. If yours is a new powered awning, I know nothing about them. If yours is an older (manual) style awning, you roll it out the distance you want it, then slyde the upper rails to lock like normal.


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I extended my power awning just a few feet due to a tree in the way. Worked fine. Just recently traded and now back to a manual and trying to figure out how to do that one.. first time I opened it too much, door wouldn't clear and no room to raise it. So, had to roll it back up and start over. When the dealership did the walk-through they said I could partially extend it. So, after 3 power awnings, have to relearn the manual one.

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Posted: 07/27/12 05:13pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Pull the awning out as far as you want....then slide the top side arms out and lock in place. Then you can decide if you want to extend the side arms.

Just like putting it out normal only shortened up.........


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Thanks I did partially extend it and it works fine. The only thing is that the spring inside the roller bounces when you walk in the trailer.

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facory wrote:

Old-Biscuit stated the key factor. You should be able to extend it far enough so that the support arms will attach to the roller at their minimum length. That will give the awning enough support.


I have mine out like this now, the only thing I do with mine is to leave the roller springs in the retract position so they keep tension on the awning.

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Old-Biscuit stated the key factor. You should be able to extend it far enough so that the support arms will attach to the roller at their minimum length. That will give the awning enough support.


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Our dealer said that you could partially extend but that they are designed to be fully extended. It's only at full extension that the "support" arms work as designed. They may have been full of hot air, but that's what they told us during the delivery walk through.

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I did that a few weeks ago. I didn't notice that there was a pole in the way of the awning. It didn't hurt a thing. Today I did it again to just put shade where it was hitting my window.


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