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Old 06-20-2017, 08:46 PM   #1
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A word of caution on the new "self-dumping awning

Was out camping last week in a well-treed and protected campsite with my 2 month old 17B. We were going on to town for the day and I thought about retracting the awning, but recalled the claims of "wind sensor" and "self-dumping" features so I left it open. Bad idea.

I returned after some rain to find the awning full of water and sagging about 18". One of the arms is bent, the canvas is stretched and damaged, and the back side doesn't retract all the way.

So, Tammy advised me to contact Dometic and find someone in the area. She said it should be covered under warranty. However it plays out, it's going to be a pain in the butt st least. So I strongly recommend at least partially retracting the power awning both at night and when you're away. Would've taken me 30 seconds...
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Was out camping last week in a well-treed and protected campsite with my 2 month old 17B. We were going on to town for the day and I thought about retracting the awning, but recalled the claims of "wind sensor" and "self-dumping" features so I left it open. Bad idea.

I returned after some rain to find the awning full of water and sagging about 18". One of the arms is bent, the canvas is stretched and damaged, and the back side doesn't retract all the way.

So, Tammy advised me to contact Dometic and find someone in the area. She said it should be covered under warranty. However it plays out, it's going to be a pain in the butt st least. So I strongly recommend at least partially retracting the power awning both at night and when you're away. Would've taken me 30 seconds...
sorry you had this experience.....
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Always a good idea to retract when going away.
At Osoyoos last month a little storm came in quickly. I'm sure the New awning folks were ok. A number of us with the older awnings who were on a walkabout hustled back to home base to secure the canvas. The whole "storm" wasn't more than 15 or 20 minutes. Like the OP states it only takes a few minutes. When I was picking up my new regulator at a local small RV
Shop I got talking to the service manager, he told me they were selling a hundred awnings a season. 10 over Memorial Day weekend alone. Think proactive be retractive.
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Brenda, very sorry to hear that you had that problem.

We left ours out when we went on the wine tasting tour when that storm hit and the awning was retracted when we got back. Then we reopened it and it retracted twice more when sudden winds picked up as we were sitting under it. The settings on the sender unit that signals it to retract are adjustable. Ours seems to be pretty sensitive. I have not tried it with rain on it though.
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Living in the PNW, I would never leave an awning out at night or when gone from the campground. But then that's easy for me to say because I've never deployed my awning.
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.. But then that's easy for me to say because I've never deployed my awning.
That's how we ended up with our Scamp's. I needed to get out the manual every time I wanted to let it down.
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That's how we ended up with our Scamp's. I needed to get out the manual every time I wanted to let it down.
My problem is in my head. The first time I deployed the cheapo awning on my tent trailer fifteen years ago, some of the plastic parts broke. Can't get that out of my pea brain...

But I really don't miss it in the PNW as I camp in the shoulder seasons and winter. That's my excuse anyway.
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My problem is in my head. The first time I deployed the cheapo awning on my tent trailer fifteen years ago, some of the plastic parts broke. Can't get that out of my pea brain...
You are definitely not a pea brain.

If it makes you feel any better, the Carefree Fiesta is one sturdy awning. You won't break it. Besides, you should deploy it every so often to clean the vinyl. Water gets trapped inside the roll even if you don't use the awning - just from going down the road. It can quickly grow mold/mildew and deteriorate it.
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Was out camping last week in a well-treed and protected campsite with my 2 month old 17B. We were going on to town for the day and I thought about retracting the awning, but recalled the claims of "wind sensor" and "self-dumping" features so I left it open. Bad idea.

I returned after some rain to find the awning full of water and sagging about 18". One of the arms is bent, the canvas is stretched and damaged, and the back side doesn't retract all the way.

So, Tammy advised me to contact Dometic and find someone in the area. She said it should be covered under warranty. However it plays out, it's going to be a pain in the butt st least. So I strongly recommend at least partially retracting the power awning both at night and when you're away. Would've taken me 30 seconds...
So I am supposing that you had the new tabs or whatever fix they are doing? Does the awning normally tilt at all or just not supposed to need to with self-retracting?
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Besides, you should deploy it every so often to clean the vinyl. Water gets trapped inside the roll even if you don't use the awning - just from going down the road. It can quickly grow mold/mildew and deteriorate it.
Yes, I know that. Mine will probably just disintegrate the second time it's deployed (the first being when my son was camping with me..."Mother!"...well, y'all know that intonation). Maybe someone will drop by to save me from myself.
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