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Old 10-16-2013, 06:17 PM   #1
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What happens in a rain? Carefree Apex Awning

It is my first time in the rain and I chickened out. I retracted my awning causing the half gallon of water to drain down my slide and ironically directly into my dinette window and all over my iPad.

While washing my roof down at home, I noticed water pooling on the awning (a Carefree Apex roof mount automatic). I retracted then too, and figured I had caused it by concentrating the hose output in one location too long, but made a note to keep an eye on it in an actual rain. The Apex has arms on each side that are hinged in the middle and form a larger angle as the awning extends. When rain begins to collect on the top, it gets trapped in the middle and makes a pool of water.

Since I am moving tomorrow to a new location, I did not let the water continue to accumulate. I was afraid the awning would get too heavy and bend the arms or something.

What would have happened if I had not been here and rain had continued to accumulate? Do I need to retract the awning, anytime I leave? I wish I had my old manual awning back.

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Old 10-16-2013, 06:22 PM   #2
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ALWAYS retract that type awning in heavy rains or when leaving unattended OR you will find out how much they co$t to replace $$$.
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Old 10-16-2013, 06:51 PM   #3
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We have a Carefree but it allows you to adjust the pitch (to a point) so it will drain water. The good and bad of having a curbside slide room is the awning has to clear the room, leaving little opportunity for having any pitch to shed water. We love our current rig with 4 slides but we miss the manual awning on our previous coach.
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We have a Carefree but it allows you to adjust the pitch (to a point) so it will drain water. The good and bad of having a curbside slide room is the awning has to clear the room, leaving little opportunity for having any pitch to shed water. We love our current rig with 4 slides but we miss the manual awning on our previous coach.
Yep! I adjusted outward slant and a pitch to the rear. No more swimming pool.
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We have a Carefree but it allows you to adjust the pitch (to a point) so it will drain water. The good and bad of having a curbside slide room is the awning has to clear the room, leaving little opportunity for having any pitch to shed water. We love our current rig with 4 slides but we miss the manual awning on our previous coach.

I did the same with mine, put the slide out then adjusted the awning as low as possible and still clear the slide out. Works great, no more water collecting in the awning.
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ALWAYS retract that type awning in heavy rains or when leaving unattended OR you will find out how much they co$t to replace $$$.
Yep, been there. Recently replaced mine. $5000.00 plus freight plus installation. Lesson learned the hard way.
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I adjusted mine down also till it barely hits the slide on the way out. Here are the instructions:
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The adjustment of the awning is in the Service Manual, and it is too large to post here. I have uploaded it to my public DropBox folder.

https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/...e%20Manual.pdf
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Thanks to all. When we get home I will try to get a little slant in mine. I appreciate the manuals.

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The one thing that I have learned about these electric awnings after helping build specialty vehicles for 18 year and owning a motor home with one on for almost 5 years is if there is even a little doubt in your mind close the awning. The wind can catch them so quickly and do so much damage to them that it is not worth the risk of leaving them out in wind and rain . They are a very expensive item to replace....Alan
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The one thing that I have learned about these electric awnings after helping build specialty vehicles for 18 year and owning a motor home with one on for almost 5 years is if there is even a little doubt in your mind close the awning. The wind can catch them so quickly and do so much damage to them that it is not worth the risk of leaving them out in wind and rain . They are a very expensive item to replace....Alan
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Old 10-25-2013, 03:31 AM   #12
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One year ago, left mine out for 20 min to run over to Wally World.

Yeah I knew better

Micro burst storm blew in and made it into a pretzel

Forget about the auto retract

When I untwisted the pretzel, it kept right on trying to retract

Total loss

$6k

New awning was on the coach for one year and two weeks

Just tout of warranty

I never used it

Last month on I-20 near Weatherford Texas it decided to deploy at 62 mph

Bent front arm, but it retracted and fabric is ok

I hate "CAREFREE" Awnings, totally misnamed.
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