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Old 05-25-2015, 11:33 AM   #1
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Awning+rain=?

Had one side of our vinyl awning lowered last night as it was raining off and on. Intended to roll it up before going to bed, but forgot.
This morning I woke up to a HUGE pool of water just waiting to collapse the awning.

WHAT would YOU do?

In retrospect I wished I had bought fabric instead of vinyl, but that is neither here or there.

I started to push up in the middle of the pool, but was afraid of poking a hole in the already stretched material.....so, I pulled the handle on the low side, and BAM. It forcefully went full down, the water poured off the awning, bending the tube about in the middle. I know--I know..

But, what would you have done, faced with the pool above your head?
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If not accessible by hand, the bristle end of a broom , slowly lifting the high end of the puddle , working it toward the lower end of the awning, allowing the water to trickle off.
The tube was probably bent , by the weight of the water overnight, rather that by you dropping the end. Hope it still rolls up, my 21' awning tube has been bowed in the center since I bought the coach , still useable so I don't worry about it.
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I have full length paramount awnings and I had a small swimming pool on the horizontal part of the awning covering the slides. I pulled out a ladder use a bucket and slowly emptied it out until it could safely retract.
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Both good ideas. I thought of using a hose to siphon the puddle off, but I did not have a hose other than the water hose, nor a ladder, nor a broom. I'll have both in the future!
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Doesn't the older awnings have a way to tilt the awning so the water runs off? Like loosening one side and dropping it to allow gravity to do its thing?
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Doesn't the older awnings have a way to tilt the awning so the water runs off? Like loosening one side and dropping it to allow gravity to do its thing?
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Yes, they can be lowered on one side, as mine was. I suspect what happened that when the plastic awning got a small amount of water puddled on it, the puddle just kept growing larger and larger instead of running off. If it were a fabric awning I doubt if it would have puddled-just ran off as you would think it would.
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Had one side of our vinyl awning lowered last night as it was raining off and on. Intended to roll it up before going to bed, but forgot.
This morning I woke up to a HUGE pool of water just waiting to collapse the awning.

WHAT would YOU do?

In retrospect I wished I had bought fabric instead of vinyl, but that is neither here or there.

I started to push up in the middle of the pool, but was afraid of poking a hole in the already stretched material.....so, I pulled the handle on the low side, and BAM. It forcefully went full down, the water poured off the awning, bending the tube about in the middle. I know--I know..

But, what would you have done, faced with the pool above your head?
I did EXACTLY the same thing after a sudden rain storm in Fresno! First awning I've ever lost in some 55 yrs of RV'ing. Cost the insurance co some $4,500 due to the arms hitting the side of the rig and needing to be filled and repainted.
In retrospect I'd have taken a bucket or something other and scooped the water out of the awning since I could have reached it.
Talked to others in the area and they also lost awnings to the storm.
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This is after the fact but thinking about it in the future you could use a hose and siphon it off.

It's higher and using gravity........
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I just purchased a set of Awnbrella's from Camping World, in hopes of preventing what you just experienced. My awning is electric so I can't even drop one side lower than the other, which is a problem. Haven't tried them yet, but they look promising.

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I did EXACTLY the same thing after a sudden rain storm in Fresno! First awning I've ever lost in some 55 yrs of RV'ing. Cost the insurance co some $4,500 due to the arms hitting the side of the rig and needing to be filled and repainted.
In retrospect I'd have taken a bucket or something other and scooped the water out of the awning since I could have reached it.
Talked to others in the area and they also lost awnings to the storm.
Mr. D ~ Please tell me this wasn't in your current rig! (I'm still getting over your engine failure!)

In fact, didn't RudyD go through something very similar with his brand new coach?
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Had one side of our vinyl awning lowered last night as it was raining off and on. Intended to roll it up before going to bed, but forgot.
This morning I woke up to a HUGE pool of water just waiting to collapse the awning.

WHAT would YOU do?

In retrospect I wished I had bought fabric instead of vinyl, but that is neither here or there.

I started to push up in the middle of the pool, but was afraid of poking a hole in the already stretched material.....so, I pulled the handle on the low side, and BAM. It forcefully went full down, the water poured off the awning, bending the tube about in the middle. I know--I know..

But, what would you have done, faced with the pool above your head?

I had exactly the same thing happen to me a few weeks ago. It was our first trip in this rig, and first time to use the awning. I have had awnings on other rigs, but none that had a big slide underneath it. I thought I had one end down, which had always worked on my other awnings. I took the dog out before bed to have a huge bladder stretched into the awning ( I think it is fabric). I just lowered the arm fully....it slammed out of my hand due to the weight. Then rolled it up. I don't think it rolled up 100%. But it was tight enough to get it home.

I am still not sure about how exactly to adjust the big awning with the slide underneath it. When I lower it on one end significantly, it rests on the corner of the slide. That concerned me that the corner could tear the awning, in the wind. The other concern, is this slide does not have a slide topper like,the other slides.
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When I go to bed the awning is always stored, if it looks like rain the awning is stored, if it begins to rain unexpectedly the awning is lowered as far at will go on one end. been doing that since 97, haven't lost an awning yet. Snow is worse than rain, my awning never comes out in cold weather.
Many MH insurance policies do not cover awnings, it must be purchased extra.
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Advice from an old time 5th Wheeler I met!

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.
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