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I need to replace the awning on my 5th wheel. I'm looking for a material that will clean easily especially from environment staining. I'm also hoping to find one where I can set the wind speed to retract automatically. Any suggestions and help will be appreciated.


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anybody who totally trusts an awning to automatically retract is playing with fire, JMHO.
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1 pop-up, 3 travel trailers, 1 fifth wheel, and 6 awnings (we had one replaced when wind caught it), none were "environmentally friendly". I don't think there is such a thing. They all get tree sap on them, they all get bugs rolled up in them, and they all get black mold over the winter when rolled up or in humid climates when they are rolled up for any length of time.

This may not be the answer you want to hear, but I have found one of the best products to clean the awning with is a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Especially if the awning is new, it starts them out right from the beginning.

Simply make the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser wet, wipe it over the awning, it will remove any dirt, bugs, mold, grime and then simply dry with a clean dray cloth. Do this is small sections, like 2 foot squares at a time until you've covered the entire awning.

I know there are easier ways to clean the awning, like spraying a bleach/Dawn Dishwashing Liquid/Spic-n-span mixture and then rolling up the awning. Waiting 20 minutes, unroll and then spray it off, done. The only problem is, the next time you roll it back up, it begins to grow mold again.

Mr. Clean Magic Eraser puts a chemical on the awning that keeps the mold from returning. I don't know how it works, all I know is, it does. I clean my awning in the late fall with Mr. Clean and roll up the awing. In the Spring when I unroll it the first time ... yes... it's wet, they all weep water and get wet when rolled up, but they are not riddled with mold. On the contrary, they are always nice and bright clean.

In the Summer, just a light touch-up, and spot clean with the Eraser to remove bugs and places looking dirty (because dust, mixed with dew, repeatedly, will made brown dirt after a while), just spot clean with a wet Eraser and wipe dry with a towel.

There are no easy short cuts to any awning.

To do the top, I used a brush on a long pole and put the eraser under the brush and simply moved the pole up and down, keeping the eraser wet. A garden hose with a sprayer is good for doing this. Then follow up with a dry towel around that brush and dry off the top.

The first time you do this, it will take some time. Touch up's take 15 seconds. The second time you do it, it will take only a few minutes, because it's already clean. I do mine twice a year. When I open the awning first time after winter, and last time before winter storage. Inbetween, it's just slight touch ups. I've been doing this for over 20 years now.

About the automatic retracting awnings. It's ok if you get one, that's your decision. But our last 2 awnings were electric operated and they had self-tipping features for rain. The arms could be tiled and there is a set screw-knob to hold the arms in the downward position. If they are in the downward position, the self-tipping does not work, it's already tipped. But if they are tiled and tightened down, and they had the self-retracting wind feature, I think they would not retract correct.

You are much better off to simply retract the awning if you are away from the camper, if that is 5 minutes or 5 hours, especially if it's a breezy day. Maybe I'm too old school here, but we had an awning replaced on our previous camper because I became too trusting of it's modern design. It started ripping at the track on the trailer when wind caught the awning, it popped up and slammed down. It also bent one of the awning arms, and we were present when that happened. Results? $1500 to replace the awning, arm, and pay the labor fees. I did not claim it on insurance, as the cost of increasing my rates would have been more over time than simply paying the $1500.


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All you can do is get a heavier material. There isn't anything that really cleans better but there are easier ways of cleaning what you have.


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We have an automatic awning with Sunbrella fabric. The awning stays pretty clean compared to the stationary vinyl awning we had before like night and day.


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Are y'all using plastic house gutters to cover the awning while in storage?


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TxGearhead wrote:

Are y'all using plastic house gutters to cover the awning while in storage?


I bought one years back. it is still laying next to the garage.
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I have done tons of research as we plan to replace our ourself this winter. I think I'm going to go with Acrylic from Vinyl based on everything I read...


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Bumpyroad wrote:

TxGearhead wrote:

Are y'all using plastic house gutters to cover the awning while in storage?


I bought one years back. it is still laying next to the garage.
bumpy


I bought less than $30 of plastic house gutter from the lumber yard. Works great so far.
Wish I had done it when the trailer was new.

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