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Old 04-02-2017, 02:11 PM   #1
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Dometic E9500 Awning and Rain

Our maiden voyage with the 2017 19' and the Dometic E9500 awning did not feature much rain, but the rain we did have one day collected in the awning and I ended up pushing the awning up and shedding the considerable water that had collected. The water shedding feature mentioned in the manual of one corner of the awning tipping down to shed water did not activate. Has anyone else had experience with this?

Also concerning is that the manual says the awning is o.k. in a "light" rain only, not a heavy one. We set up our cooking gear under the awning, so this is bad news for us. Also, if we leave the trailer, how do we know that there will not be a "heavy" rain? What will happen? Will the awning fill with water and pull itself off the trailer?
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Old 04-02-2017, 02:28 PM   #2
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Good questions.

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Old 04-02-2017, 03:02 PM   #3
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Also, if we leave the trailer, how do we know that there will not be a "heavy" rain? What will happen? Will the awning fill with water and pull itself off the trailer?
What I have seen regarding this water shed feature, is just that the awning waits until it overloads with water, then one corner collapses causing it to dump, then returns to normal position. I have not tested this function yet, just going from a couple things I have heard.

I am guessing you might not have given it enough time to collect enough water for this function to activate is all.

My 9500E will be out in heavy rain, just not wild winds.
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The more I hear and read about these new awnings, the happier I am with our old one.
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Old 04-02-2017, 03:13 PM   #5
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The more I hear and read about these new awnings, the happier I am with our old one.
Yet, the more I read about them, the more eager I am to use it.

Only time will tell though whether I keep this attitude or not. Have not really heard of many negatives, and folks sure do like to try and find them in new things.
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Old 04-02-2017, 04:04 PM   #6
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We camped in the rain but I lowered the front of the camper a little so the water ran off the awning. It did not collect enough to activate the water shead feature. From playing with it at home it will hold a lot of weight and I think it takes quit a bit of water from the videos I have seen.

I can say that the auto retract feature works. I shook the rail for 8 seconds like it says in the manual and the awning retracted.

Having had both awnings, so far I prefer the new one. I sure like being able to push a button if things get rough at night instead of going outside in my Fruit of the Looms and taking the awning down in the rain. Like Jim said time will tell
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Old 04-02-2017, 04:28 PM   #7
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If I had the new awning I could not possibly resist testing it with my water hose at home. Fill that sucker up until it tips a corner to drain. I'd have to figure out if it had enough smarts to determine which is the best corner to tip - if not, then I'd want to know the default tipping corner so I didn't place anything on the ground there!
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Old 04-02-2017, 04:33 PM   #8
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Thanks for the replies. I too am adopting a "wait and see" attitude at present. However, even in Jim's scenario, where the awning collects and then dumps, I then have a minor flood at one corner of the awning and hence at my mat and cooking area. It makes so much more sense for the rain to be shed gradually by tilting the awning in the first place, as we did with our manual Carefree awning on our 2012 17'. Neither rain nor wind caused the having to go out half naked in the middle of the night to retract the awning scenario. Furthermore, isn't all this water going to stretch the awning? Yeah, I am projecting negativity right now, but will keep an open mind and see what actually happens under real conditions.
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Yeah, as "tractors 1" says, I too will not be able to resist testing it. Stay tuned...
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Old 04-02-2017, 04:39 PM   #10
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I had my automatic awning retract twice in the and scenario, have not tried the water test. On my Lance trailer it had the automatic dump and you have to be careful where you sit, I got one of those "ice bucket" challenge one time sitting out in the rain. As far as leaving it unattended, I would never leave the cg with it deployed, manual or automatic.
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