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dbcoop
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Hello I have a 2013 komfort 5th with a power awning. Does anyone with a power awning know of a way to lower one side a bit in a rain storm to divert the flow of water? Never had a problem with other awnings but last week we were in a day long storm and I could not see a way to lower either side.

Dave
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jcullipher
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Different brands/Models have different settings. If you do not have the manual, check online for your brand and model. Most have downloadable manuals.
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CavemanCharlie
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thirteen wrote:
While on the subject of power awnings, what do people like? I need to replace the fabric on my 5th wheel awning and I was thinking of taking it off and going power. I don't care how much work it is to install, that doesn't both me. Anyone have any strong likes or dislikes on the brands and models?


I live in a area of usually windy days. I don't use my manual awning much because I'm afraid the wind will come up suddenly and rip it off. I was at the park earlier this year on a day that the weather service said could become windy. As I walked around the park I noticed that only the people with electric awnings had theres out. All the people with manual awnings had left there rolled up.

Haven't had my awning out in 2 years.

whiteeye42
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i would read the manual because not all electric swning have the self dump or a way to lower one side the one i have is fixed in the position it is the only way i can get it to dump is use a broom to push up on it or start to roll it up
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DRKMinWA
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I have a Care Free power awning from Colorado Awning. Each side has limited adjustments but yes one side can be lower than the other and rain does flow off without having to create a big pool first.

The awning retracts just fine with one side lowered and the owner's manual says it's fine to retract it that way. I don't have the auto retract.
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DustyR
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Mich F wrote:
The sides on my electric awning can be lowered, but no where near as much as manual awnings I have/had. Have you looked at the owner/operator's manual for your awning? You can probably find one online, if you don't have one.


The awning I have has the push clip type of adjustment located on the sliding arm that runs in the channel mounted on the trailer.
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thirteen
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While on the subject of power awnings, what do people like? I need to replace the fabric on my 5th wheel awning and I was thinking of taking it off and going power. I don't care how much work it is to install, that doesn't both me. Anyone have any strong likes or dislikes on the brands and models?

vic46
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Just curious! If an auto retract (wind sensor) awning is low on one end to off load water, what happens if the auto retract activates? Will the awning retract normally or will the difference in the height, one end to the other, be a problem. Lowering one end of an awning that has a load of water will likely result in damage to the awning mechanism, if not the tarp, and to anyone in the way. The wight of the water will likely overpower anyone trying to "tilt" the awning.
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TXiceman
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Depends on the series if it has the feature to lower one end. But as a general precaution, we do not leave the awning out in a rain storm. Too easy to roll up and much too easy to be damaged.

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Ron3rd
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oldchief7155 wrote:
Call the manufacturer with the model and they can advise. Also, if your awning has auto retract for winds I don't think I'd put deflappers on it.


Or simply download the manual for your model.
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oldchief7155
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Call the manufacturer with the model and they can advise. Also, if your awning has auto retract for winds I don't think I'd put deflappers on it.

Ron3rd
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dspencer wrote:
What limited experience I have with power awnings I can tell you that my power awning has an arm that you just pull down on one side to adjust the slope. Now I also know some has a small knob that you have to loosen before you can pull the arm down too adjust it.


That's how mine is too, so it is possible to "dip" the type of awning I have. Don't know about other brands. I loved my old manual awning but the our new trailer came with a power awning so that's fine too.
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Nutinelse2do
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What type of awning do you have?
We have a Dometic/ A&E that didn't have the ability to lower one side. We just installed the free, adjustable arm kit on ours last weekend. It was a quick 10 min install.
PM me if you need the info.
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n7bsn
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I know there are some that do, mine does not. Rather it "auto-dips" to drain water
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4aSong
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Our electric awning has 6 adjustments on each arm, you just compress the ball with your finger and move the awning arm up or down to the next hole.
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