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Old 08-13-2014, 04:57 AM   #1
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Awning Question

We just purchased a 2014 Palimino Solaire. I asked the dealer if the awning was offset or angled so the rain would run off one end instead of pooling up on it. He said no that the mfg dose not recommend leaving the awning out when it rains. What are your experiences with this? Do you leave it out or take it in when raining?

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Old 08-13-2014, 05:02 AM   #2
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Hey Snubby. Welcome to to forum. (I'm new here, too)

I leave mine out unless the wind picks up really hard. If it starts flapping around, I see dollar signs....

Edit: Also, as far as tilting one side or the other; with most you can adjust this yourself with the tension screws [ not sure what they're called ] on either end.

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Old 08-13-2014, 05:28 AM   #3
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I thought the same thing, we are protected from any big wind, and will drop one corner to help the rain run off. Major down pour while we were gone. Never again !!!!!
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:11 AM   #4
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USE IT IN THE RAIN! That is one of the perks of having an awning. we even put it out when setting up (while unhitching/setting up). But as pointed out 1)it must be angled
downward 2)one corner lower than the other and 3)if its too windy it must be rolled up
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Old 08-13-2014, 11:52 AM   #5
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Manufactures do recommend to lower one side for rain runoff.

This is from A&E Owners manual
8. The Automatic Water Release must be set during rain to prevent damage from water build-up. To set, simply lower one of the Support Arms enough to create down slope toward that side.

CAUTION: Whenever heavy or prolonged rain or wlnd is anticipated, or you will leave the Awning unattended, it is best to close Awning.
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Old 08-13-2014, 01:06 PM   #6
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I keep mine first, angled down at a pretty good slope and second, lower on one side. I'm going to have to replace the fabric next year or the year after anyway.
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Old 08-21-2014, 06:17 PM   #7
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I have one that will dump automatically which it does but if it's a steady rain I will lower a corner, never leave with awning out.
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If I am away from my travel trailer, I will roll up the awning.

If it is a light rain and I am in my trailer, I will extend the awning (assuming light or no wind). If it becomes a downpour, I roll up the awning immediately.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:11 AM   #9
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I leave my tension knobs loose, whenever it builds up it dumps and comes back up to the normal position. I use it in the rain all the time but I do close it at night when we go to bed just in case the wind comes up or we get a crazy downpour.
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Old 08-22-2014, 10:41 AM   #10
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Depending on what kind of awning you have there should be no problem leaving it out in the rain. Some have gas struts that retract at which ever end the water pools up on. Be careful not to be standing under that end when the strut retracts and gals of water start draining. If you don't have the retractable strut feature then try and have your trailer a little high in the front so the rain water will have a direction to run off. We've had 3 different types of awnings. 1st was a manual type that we could adjust how we want. 2nd was probably like yours. It went straight out and parallel to the trailer, with the retractable struts. 3rd is a power adjustable awning. Best of the best. We can angle it how we want.
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Old 08-23-2014, 02:03 PM   #11
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After the derecho of a few years back, I have become very cautious about leaving it out when we are not there. It has been in my yard with the awning out for about a week, but that was only after checking the National Weather Service first It is angled down at one corner.
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Old 08-24-2014, 04:17 PM   #12
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Well, first thing to find out is what awning you have.
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So all of you are saying you roll your awning up and take in everything you have under the awning? Or you leave things out to get wet? Isn't the point of an awning to keep things dry? We use the tension tie down (ours is manual) and has been out in bad FL storms.
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Old 08-30-2014, 03:13 PM   #14
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I've been in some pretty good rains with the awning out. I keep mine angled down where it barely clears the door and lower on one side. If you have enough slope, water will run off rather than accumulate.

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