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Old 12-27-2010, 06:39 PM   #11
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Re: Wet awning

Simple Green seems to do a good job cleaning.
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:23 PM   #12
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Re: Wet awning

So after a year and a half with the awning furled, I finally unrolled it after our trip. I didn't inspect the top side too closely. There were a couple of mildew spots on the bottom that came off easily with a weak bleach/soap mixture. I guess that I have not driven in the rain too often.

It took us a few days of camping in sub-freezing coditions to figure out how to minimize condensation (window over bed open, Maxx fan sucking air in so moist air goes out the window). And it took a week to get around to checking. So we found a bit of mildew on the edge of a cushion that touches a wall. A bit of a scrub, and it's fine.

Honestly, I don't think I would miss the awning if it were gone. For us, it is just extra weight and aerodynamic drag.
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Old 01-14-2011, 04:31 PM   #13
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Re: Wet awning

Ron,

I know you're in "sunny" Tsawwassen, but what do you sit under the other 364 camping days when it's raining? Awning is first thing I tend to, unless winds are too high.

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Old 01-14-2011, 06:34 PM   #14
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Re: Wet awning

Baglo, I agree with you. It takes two minutes, is a one person job and its great sun or rain. That glass of wine I always have after my 10 minute trailer setup routine is always better outside under the awning. It also keeps me from being underfoot inside when those important inside preparations are being done by the other half.
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Old 01-14-2011, 07:09 PM   #15
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I would never go without an awning either, we just use it way too much. It shades against sun, and is invaluable during rainy periods. We have had a dozen people under ours a few times. Without it everyone would have to go to their individual trailers to wait out the rain. No fun.
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Old 01-14-2011, 09:36 PM   #16
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Hi: All...DITTO for us too!!! Rather than "Awning" it should be called "First Out" Here's a pic of my solution to "where's the awning rod" Two nylon cable straps...one open(bottom) one closed(top) always at the door at the ready. Alf
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Old 01-15-2011, 10:12 AM   #17
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Re: Wet awning

The only thing the awning rod gets used for is to get the stinky slinky outta its holder. I just use my finger to pull on the webbing loop. With the raised axle I only have a couple inches to spare though. My wife can't quite reach it.
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Old 01-15-2011, 12:22 PM   #18
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Re: Wet awning

When we camp up here in northern BC the awning is first up, then the bug screen... then the wine.
Always in that order and can't live without all three.
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Old 07-27-2011, 08:42 AM   #19
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Re: Wet awning

I understand you guys to say that the closed awning gets wet when driving the camper in the rain. Does rain also get the awning fabric wet when the awning is closed and just sitting still (in a storage lot, for instance)? Would we need to go open the awning periodically to let it dry out?

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Old 07-30-2011, 05:24 PM   #20
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I'm sure it must get some water in there. It can't be as much as when deployed in the rain, but it's right out there in the elements. I hadn't thought about it before, but I guess its time to go unfurl it and see what our recent torrential downpours have done.

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