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Old 07-30-2014, 09:28 PM   #1
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To dump or not to dump???

That question is for the self dumping Carefree awnings on my 3800. Mine didn't dump the water until after the awning support arm tore partially out of the fiber glass and the aluminum supports went south, and north and even an easterly direction. Then there's the hole in the glass where the pivot arm punched it.

$826 duckies the parts dude said

Two hours in the rain, hacksaw, sawsall, hose clamps, pry bar and a garden hoe is all it took to get it rolled back up.

When the rain quits I'll see about securing the awning to the rig for a trip to the dealer. Might as well have them replace the support arm while the thing is in for slide repair.
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Old 07-30-2014, 10:03 PM   #2
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We don't have a self-dumper or self-retractor but I am super paranoid about my awning after leaving it out unattended when our TT was new and a quick rain storm blew through. The wind wrecked a support arm and it was in the $400 range to fix. The dealer said that they have to order the support arms by the pair but will only charge me for one since that is all I need. I suppose that was supposed to make me feel like I was getting a good deal. Now it has to be dead calm before I'll extend the awning all the way and I bring it in at the slightest heavy breeze!
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Old 07-30-2014, 11:02 PM   #5
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It did self dump once or twice before but I guess you only get so many free dumps. I don't leave it extended when I'm not in the rig and it was just a nice little rain so I left it out so I could have the door open.

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I changed the pitch on mine and the water runs right off. When delivered it was straight out.
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Old 07-31-2014, 03:19 AM   #7
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Old 07-31-2014, 11:29 AM   #9
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I changed the pitch on mine and the water runs right off. When delivered it was straight out.
Strange thing Slim, mine was pitched also that's why I wasn't concerned about it being up. I just don't understand why it didn't dump.

Lesson learned but daaaaaaaaaaamn!
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Strange thing Slim, mine was pitched also that's why I wasn't concerned about it being up. I just don't understand why it didn't dump.
Oh it dumped alright... for the last time. I'll be bringing mine in the next good rain. Guess we'll just use it on sunny days with no wind or rain .... perfect conditions in other words.
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