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Old 07-07-2019, 05:31 PM   #1
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Awnings and sun

Met a couple today who insisted that the rolled up/retracted awning should be protected from sun. They claim that UV rays will quickly disintegrate the awning material. They use a half PVC pipe to cover it between trips.

Was curious to know the consensus of this group. Do you do this? Thoughts?

I can totally see me forgetting to remove the pipe before a trip and losing it on the road. :|
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:42 PM   #2
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Doesn't degrade "quickly" but will break down. Most RV's now come with an option that has an aluminum wrap as they close. If I didn't have that, I'd take some 303 and wipe down the outer roll a few times a summer.
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Old 07-07-2019, 05:45 PM   #3
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Met a couple today who insisted that the rolled up/retracted awning should be protected from sun. They claim that UV rays will quickly disintegrate the awning material. They use a half PVC pipe to cover it between trips.

Was curious to know the consensus of this group. Do you do this? Thoughts?

I can totally see me forgetting to remove the pipe before a trip and losing it on the road. :|

Well the sun's rays have been known to "deteriorate" stuff. Check out your lawn furniture or umbrellas. Or anything else you leave outside.


The answer is always a matter of "degrees". To what degree do I care and what am I going to gain.
I am retired, so I can afford to do possibly needless stuff haha.


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All I can say is my two awnings have been exposed to various levels of UVs and I haven't noticed any problems, yet.
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Mine is beginning to show signs after 9 years. We live on the west coast of Canada. I would expect southern units will show it sooner.
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And there are some that will roll them up when it rains...

Yes, UV will degrade them over time. Depending on where you live and how long it is out will determine that.

Using something like 303 is a good idea to extend the life of it. Most of the vinyl ones have a heavier panel at the top to help with the UV exposure.

To me, awnings were meant to be used as both sunshades and rain shades.

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To me, awnings were meant to be used as both sunshades and rain shades.

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Amen to that. I couldn't camp without an awning, it's the first thing to go out when we park and the last thing to get put up when we go. I stay outside 90% of the time and only come in when the wind blows these Tennessee downpours way under the awning.

Someone parked across from us this weekend with a new Coleman that had the exact make and color awning, ours looked a little lighter in color (black and grey) and the edges were a little droopier from stretching, but after 5 years it still looks great. I will gladly pay the $200 for the replacement fabric when it's time.

People that park their RV's outside 100% of the time and worry more about their awing than their roof should be dismissed immediately.
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And there are some that will roll them up when it rains...

Yes, UV will degrade them over time. Depending on where you live and how long it is out will determine that.

Using something like 303 is a good idea to extend the life of it. Most of the vinyl ones have a heavier panel at the top to help with the UV exposure.

To me, awnings were meant to be used as both sunshades and rain shades.

Aaron
I have a Kodiak cub with an electric awning. I decided to leave it extended during a rain storm. The wind folded it up more than once before I got it rolled up properly. It made lots of slamming noises and I had to go out into the rain to re-extend the arms so it would roll up properly.

I hope yours works better than mine.
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In southern Arizona, the sun is brutal and the awning material can dry out and crack and the stitching falls apart in just a few years. I'll probably add a metal cover to mine when that happens...
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In southern Arizona, the sun is brutal and the awning material can dry out and crack and the stitching falls apart in just a few years. I'll probably add a metal cover to mine when that happens...
That's why you invest in a bottle of 303. It's a pain, but it will greatly prolong the life of your awning
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