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Old 08-15-2015, 12:53 PM   #1
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After spending over two weeks on the road, I've discovered that unless I'm doing something wrong, the awnings on my Voltage 3990 seem to be worthless. Being so high up, and no apparent way to lower them, they don't block any of the sun. I know you can buy the sunshades that slide onto the roll, but they have to taken off every time you roll up the awning, which is no easy feat since they are 10' off the ground. Plus, being so tall, they are sensitive to the wind and anything over 10-12 mph, I have to roll them in. Am I missing an adjustment, or can I buy a modification that will allow me to tilt them down or is it something I have to live with? Thanks,
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Old 08-15-2015, 01:13 PM   #2
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I feel the same way and have been looking for something that will drop down 2'-3' to block some of the sun. I just came across this and it is made by the same company that makes our Awnings. I like the fact the top 2' stays on the awning even when retracted. you can zip the rest of it on when needed. seems easy enough!

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Old 08-15-2015, 01:24 PM   #3
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Little less expensive on Amazon-

http://www.amazon.com/Carefree-70190...dp/B00MI3OEFY?
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Old 08-16-2015, 12:17 AM   #4
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If you look at the awning hardware, the bottom piece that follows the track...and look along that piece you will see a silver button and on the outer piece a row of holes.

On a ladder you can press the silver button and move up to the last hole.

That dropped the outer end of the awning about 2 feet...helped put the windows in the shade.

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Old 08-16-2015, 01:56 AM   #5
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If you look at the awning hardware, the bottom piece that follows the track...and look along that piece you will see a silver button and on the outer piece a row of holes.

On a ladder you can press the silver button and move up to the last hole.

That dropped the outer end of the awning about 2 feet...helped put the windows in the shade.

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I agree with Rusty, the main awning bearly comes out far enough to cover the galley slide on my 3950, let alone provide usable shade for any patio chair sitting. Don' t ask me how I feel about the "half awning" over the rear deck.
Pirate, thanks for the tip, but do you have to set it back to factory settings before retracting in that position or will it roll up flush with wall like that? I knew you could adjust them for auto rain dump but havent tried to retract it like that.
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Old 08-16-2015, 02:02 AM   #6
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The only problem with Pirate's suggestion is, if you adjust the arm heights you override the automatic dump action of the awning. If it rains the awning will fill with water and then you'll have a problem.
I'm not sure if the adjustment alters the way the awnings release with wind gusts but I do know about water dumping. That's an 500 dollar plus repair for just one arm. Then there's the problem of getting the awning retracted, secured and transported to the local RV infirmary.
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If you adjust the arm you lose the ability to automatically dump rain water. It's a 500 dollar plus repair for one arm if it gets torn loose from the wall due to water weight. Then there's the problem of retracting the awning for transport to the local infirmary. That's for minimal damages to the arm. The wall will get gouged from the broken arm and the other arm may be damaged as well.
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See page 4 of the document below for how to adjust the awning.

If adjust to at least the 3rd position on both side, rainwater will run off of the awning, and not pool in the center... so auto-dumping isn't an issue.

http://www.e-carefree.com/documentat...s%20Manual.pdf
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Funny, when I adjusted the awning arm to the last point, it tips the awning down and...having been in so pouring rains a couple of weeks ago in Montana...the water runs off the front of the awning and doesn't seem to puddle as bad as with the front of the awning all the way up.

I dunno, works for me!

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I can tell you from experience that if the awning is set with one end lower than the other, and the rain is falling faster than it can drain naturally, the auto-dump feature will still work, and do so without causing any damage. I've had mine set with the rear arms 3 holes lower than the front for about a year. The literature stated that with no more than three hole difference the awning can be retracted. I've probably retracted each awning over 100 times, and had some SERIOUS rain down here that has activated the auto dump. The only thing I've noticed is the last wrap of material wrinkles as it's rolled up (since the arms aren't the same exact distance). Hope this helps someone.
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