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Old 05-29-2015, 02:13 PM   #15
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A couple months back ran into an old guy who has had various 5th Wheels over 20 years. He was watching/talking while a friend of mine set up his own brand new 5th Wheel at the campground. Old guy said, he never uses the locking bars on his "manual" awning (the ones you slide up and lock in, then tighten the knobs) because then if it storms overnight and the awning begins filling with water it can fold itself as much as needed until the water runs out without destroying the awning?? Then gravity causes it to open itself back up. I'm just passing it along, not sure that I'm a believer, but it does make some sense? Yes? No? Maybe?
I understand it may flop in high winds, but if there are high winds you wont have the awning open anyway.
That cannot happen unless the locking mechanism breaks, in which case the springs will keep it rolled-up.

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Been there done it. Same thing happened to me with a former travel trailer with manual awning. Out in the middle of the night in the thunderstorm with only my undies on I released the one awning arm. It came down with such force I was thrown into the side of the trailer and all the water landed right on top of me. Lucky I did not crash thru the sidewall. Only some side bruising and embarassment. Was able to straighten the roller tube by lowering as far as I could and blocking both ends. With tube rolled with the bend upwards I was able to straighten it out by forcing center of tube with some weights.

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