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Old 04-27-2005, 03:10 AM   #1
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We have the 2005 Adventurer 38J with the Weather Pro Awning and just discovered that we have a problem. With one of the slides being on the front patio side Winnie cut awning material short so as to not have the awning come down and rest on the top of the slide out. This leaves the arms of the awning in a partially up position. As I was washing the roof yesterday I relised that with the coach in a level position there was not enough pitch to let the water run over the awning roller and the water would just puddle in the center. Also with the arms not being able to extend all the way it has no kneeling action. Has anyone else experienced this and if so did you find a solution?
My thinking is that I would see if I could have the material replaced with a full length because i would rather have it resting on the slide topper then have it rip from puddleing.
Should this be my problem or a Winnebago problem?
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Old 04-27-2005, 03:10 AM   #2
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We have the 2005 Adventurer 38J with the Weather Pro Awning and just discovered that we have a problem. With one of the slides being on the front patio side Winnie cut awning material short so as to not have the awning come down and rest on the top of the slide out. This leaves the arms of the awning in a partially up position. As I was washing the roof yesterday I relised that with the coach in a level position there was not enough pitch to let the water run over the awning roller and the water would just puddle in the center. Also with the arms not being able to extend all the way it has no kneeling action. Has anyone else experienced this and if so did you find a solution?
My thinking is that I would see if I could have the material replaced with a full length because i would rather have it resting on the slide topper then have it rip from puddleing.
Should this be my problem or a Winnebago problem?
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Old 04-27-2005, 03:19 AM   #3
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I have heard many complaints about awnings(power/manual) and the mfgs. take the stand that that the awning is to provide shade and not rain protection. As a point of interest do you feel that your awning comes down low enough to provide adequate sun/rain protection?
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Old 04-27-2005, 03:26 AM   #4
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Captain Bud, It was one of the points we debated when we bought the unit and decided that we could live with a little less space under the awning in order to have the extra room inside with the third slide. I never gave a thought to there not being enough pitch for water runoff.
The awning is advertised as being able to kneel, preventing water build up but without the full arm extension Winnie sure took this feature away.
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Old 04-27-2005, 04:30 AM   #5
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I think the mfgs (coach and awning) should collaborate a little more and not leave the consumer with a problem. The more I see multiple slides on the curb side I'm thinking the awnings should be sectional and not try to have one huge awning attempt to cover everything. With this design you have a lot more flexibility and a stronger installation IMHO
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Old 04-27-2005, 06:35 AM   #6
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I personally would not be happy with the configuration as it is. Like you said, the purpose of that awning is to have the releasing arms to disipate excess water and it should have the proper slope in the awning for normal rain water. Now I agree with Captain Bud that the awning companies wont stand behind a leaking awning. They claim they are for shade. We all know. however, that the perception is that they protect against rain also. It's funny that they give you a hard time if your awning leaks, but yet they design the arms to retract if too much water accumulates. Why don't they just say you must retract you awning if it is raining!!
What does Winnebago say about this set-up? It appears that is where the issue is, and not with the awning company?
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Old 04-27-2005, 06:57 AM   #7
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I just got off the phone with Winnebago and they want me to take it back to the dealer to make sure it is installed properly. The problem is the fact that the awning material is too short for the arms to come all the way down, not the installation.
I just talked to someone at an A&E dealer and the solution is to have the material replaced with the proper length and it will rest slightly on the room cover but if I put the awning in before the room I should be ok. I think this is the route I will take as I don't want to be moving the awning in every time it rains. I think it is just a very poor design that I will have to pay for.
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Old 04-27-2005, 07:10 AM   #8
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I'm still not clear on Winnebago's position. If they want you to have a dealer check the installation of it, is Winnebago saying that it should come all the way out and touch the slide or not? If they do in fact cut the fabric short to keep it off the slide, then what is their position on the fact the slope is wrong and the arms dont operate properly?
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Old 04-27-2005, 07:25 AM   #9
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Winnebagos position is that the arms should not come all the way down, and no it won't kneel the way it is. The tech I talked to really understood the problem but that there is not much that can be done. By taking it to my dealer his thinking was that maybe we could get the water to run off the sides. I think I'll skip this step and just bite the bullet and buy the new awning.
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Do you know for a fact that if you buy the fabric, that it wont come "too" far and really rest on the slide? Or would you be able to maybe cut alittle off if it does. I presume if it does need trimmed, that you would need to stitch it somehow where you cut it?
I wish someothers that have your model would jump in here and see what they have to say.
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When we down in the Keys last month we saw a 2005 Winnie with the three slides and the awning was resting on the slide topper but when I went back to speak to the owner they were gone. It looked like it would work.
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Well, I wish you the best. Please keep us informed of your results. it is important when we have these toics, that we hear what the outcome is. It will help other members.
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Old 04-27-2005, 09:29 AM   #13
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I understand your situation. The power pro awning has been a problem from the outset. I have read many posts about the awning and have had conversations with Winnie and A&E both.

s stated earlier their position is that it is for sun and not rain. Even if you get the longer material and it kneels or it doesn't and water gathers in the awning and tears the onus is on you. Some have had trouble with the wind sensor and it wouldn't retract A&E replaced my whole sensor and now it does retract.

Long or short material, arms straight or bent, don't leave it open in a rain nor when you will be away from the coach or you will be buying new fabric as they consider this "ACTS of GOD"
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Old 04-27-2005, 12:02 PM   #14
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I suggest that you not attempt a repair on your own. I attended the S.W. Regional WIT Rally a couple of weeks ago. This is a problem created by A&E. I'm told that it will be replaced/repaired at A&E expense. It is on my list of "to do" items at the factory next month. If the material is too short (as mine is) the awning can't kneel to allow water run off.
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