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Old 08-07-2013, 10:42 PM   #1
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Bad Weather Awning Care

Looking to the future here gang!

My current trailer has a case awning. Certainly not water-proof, but weather proof... whatever that means!

However, I see the Escape awning as being exposed to weather... rollup, no case.

The fabric would be expensive to replace.

How do people protect the awning, when the trailer is stowed outside? Here in the Pacific NorthWET... UVs aren't a problem, but WET, ice and (occasionally) snow IS.

I envison the top of the awning being covered in moss, mold (when rolled up) as being a concern

I've read on other forums where folks cut a piece of PVC (5") in half and kinda "snapped" it over the top of the awning?

Is this the solution? Or are there others...

TIA!

The perfect solution is to not "park" where there is a ton of water falling from the sky!
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:23 PM   #2
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My Escape has the old zipper bag style awning (a case awning I guess?), not the newer, prettier, easier to put up and down kind, and it had a bit of a green tint when we first got it home. The material seems to hold up amazingly well, and it cleaned right off. I know the PO had never used the screen room (& we might not either), but I'm pretty sure they used the awning extensively. It was parked under cover at their place and is under cover at ours, but just the top and sides so rain can still blow in and the air is still very moist. I'd be interested to hear what other people say, especially since I have a fierce want for the new kind...
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:26 PM   #3
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Donna,
They sell those covers on amazon here Amazon.com: RV Awning Covers, Awning Pro-Tech 5 Piece Kit, UV Resistant, Snap-on cover for RV Patio awning: Everything Else
but I'd be afraid of mildew.
Carefree the awning Escape uses, does offer an upgrade, called Alumnaguard which has aluminum the last 18" which encapsulates the awning when closed, similar to ZipDee on Airstreams. Whether Escape will allow the upgrade is a conversation I'm currently having with Escape.
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Old 08-07-2013, 11:50 PM   #4
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I've had no issues with my awning. I've left it closed up over five winters. Open it in the spring and wash it down with 30 Seconds or some such product. Hose it off, and everything around, let it dry, and close it up.
I've not seen any wear.
I'm not sure there is much value in some sort of cover for it.
I just try to open it from time to time when the sun comes out.
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I'm thinking that maybe the best approach also.
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Here's one solution:

Protect Your RV Awning! | Awning Pro-Tech | awningpro-tech.com
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And, where do you store that cover
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And, where do you store that cover
On the rolled up awning, silly.
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Being in Calgary we do not have the wet issues (mostly) , but for our awning (s.... our previous trailer had a very similar awning ) , I always made sure it was dry before rolling up for winter . With our changeable weather , I might wonder if a tight fitting cover might stick and cause release peeling of the vinyl . We had the last one for 8 years and the awning was pretty much in new condition . We do wax cover the trailer for the winter .
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:48 PM   #10
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