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Old 11-10-2015, 12:13 AM   #1
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Awnings Are Out and it Starts Pouring Rain

So I thought the rain was over (that's what the weather guy said) so I put out the awnings to dry. While I was away, it started pouring rain and has done so on and off for a few hours. The wind is not bad so I am not worried about that. Do I roll them up wet and wait for the rain to stop? They got pretty soaked in a down pour.
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Old 11-10-2015, 12:16 AM   #2
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I roll up wet and they stay rolled up till I use them next time. In the 13 years we had the Dutch Star I can only remember unrolling the main awning twice to dry out and that was after I washed it. The main awing did get replaced in 2014 (12 yrs old at the time) after a rain storm in Fresno which broke more than one awning! That's the first awning I've ever lost to wind or rain in all my years of RV'ing.
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It's an awning. It's supposed to get wet. It's for keeping rain and sun off of you. It's designed to get wet. If not a lot of wind, leave it out. If you have to leave and it's wet, no big deal. It will dry out at your next stop. If it's wet when you get home, let it out to dry, and your good to go.
Nothing nicer then sitting under the awning while raining, staying dry, grilling or scoffing down a beer.
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If you leave it out try to get one corner lower than the other so water doesn't pool on top of it.
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It's an awning. It's supposed to get wet. It's for keeping rain and sun off of you. It's designed to get wet. If not a lot of wind, leave it out. If you have to leave and it's wet, no big deal. It will dry out at your next stop. If it's wet when you get home, let it out to dry, and your good to go.
Nothing nicer then sitting under the awning while raining, staying dry, grilling or scoffing down a beer.
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assuming you don't have a Girard style with horizontal arms ...
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And. thats the great thing about the old style manual pull out awnings. No motors to burn out, you can tilt the corners down to let water drain off, awning is adjustable high or low, and stronger than the electrics.
Last two times out last month, had days where it rained all day. Just angled awning down, sat outside, and enjoyed the quiet.
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And. thats the great thing about the old style manual pull out awnings. No motors to burn out, you can tilt the corners down to let water drain off, awning is adjustable high or low, and stronger than the electrics.
Last two times out last month, had days where it rained all day. Just angled awning down, sat outside, and enjoyed the quiet.
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Yup, and if there is a stiff breeze, depending on which way you tilt it, you can stop the wind from getting underneath and try to lift it.

Spent 2 months in Fl last winter, didn't roll up the awning once.
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Good information everyone, thanks to everyone.

When full extended, my main awning tilts down as do the manuals. The door awning seems to have a slight down tilt also but not to the same degree as the others.

The main awnings wind sensor does work, but I don't think I will trust it. It will be the emergency backup.
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I think most of the automatic awnings will dip to one side or the other depending on the weight of the water. If you don't trust that you can also pull one side down for drainage and tighten it in that position. Just don't forget to loosen it up before you try to retract the awning.
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The only concern I have re rolling it up wet is if it's extremely dirty with leaves/dirt that will start mildew.

On our carefree eclipse as long as it was within one or two 'clicks' of the other end, it will roll up fine ...
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assuming you don't have a Girard style with horizontal arms ...
Haven't had a problem with ours so the question is: Why not?
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Haven't had a problem with ours so the question is: Why not?
Many Girard style 3-arm (horizontal/lateral arm) patio awnings can not be adjusted to a low enough angle due to depth of the slide-out (the awning arms need to clear the top of the slide). These will pool water between the arms.

The manufacturer highly recommends retracting the awning during rain. There verbiage is something along the lines of the awning is intended to provide shade ....


There are a few threads under "Girard rain". Some people have better luck with adjustments than others. Mine is adjusted as low as possible with tilt to the rear at max and will still puddle between the arms in a "moderate" rain. I routinely retract at night, when I am gone, and whenever it looks like rain. Basically, if I'm not under it in the sun, I retract the awning. The other awnings drain OK because of the much steeper angle/pitch, far less reach, and they are not attached to the coach roof (slide attachment).
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Many Girard style 3-arm (horizontal/lateral arm) patio awnings can not be adjusted to a low enough angle due to depth of the slide-out (the awning arms need to clear the top of the slide). These will pool water between the arms.

The manufacturer highly recommends retracting the awning during rain. There verbiage is something along the lines of the awning is intended to provide shade ....


There are a few threads under "Girard rain". Some people have better luck with adjustments than others. Mine is adjusted as low as possible with tilt to the rear at max and will still puddle between the arms in a "moderate" rain. I routinely retract at night, when I am gone, and whenever it looks like rain. Basically, if I'm not under it in the sun, I retract the awning. The other awnings drain OK because of the much steeper angle/pitch, far less reach, and they are not attached to the coach roof (slide attachment).
That is absurd. What is the purpose of spending a lot of $$$ on something that you can't use. "manuf. dosen't want you to use a multi buck awning in the rain"!!! What use is it???
Can just imagine going out to grill a few steaks, under the awning when it starts to rain. What, your going to pull the awning in and stand in the rain???
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Mine is a Dometic/A&E Weaher Pro Power Awning and fully extended it slopes downward without getting out a measuring tool, 45 degrees. Water runs off it quite well.

So what care products do you recommend? I've heard simple green and then I have seen Camco has Awning Cleaner.
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