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Old 08-09-2018, 02:12 PM   #21
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I disagree with this. A good dealer will tell you that during your PDI, but when you're a newbie its not hard to forget that tip. Video taping your PDI will help you remember everything they explain.

However, in the OP's situation, there was no dealer PDI and probably very little guidance from the trailer's owner, so its totally understandable that he didn't know.

Personally, I don't trust the auto-dump feature and just setup my awning to be low on the side furthest from our single door.


Kudos to you dwall, for being a good neighbor!
I use a cheap rubber bungie on the aft end, away from the door. One hook over the bottom end of the cheap hardware that holds it to the camper, and the other just past the hinge on the arm, so it holds it "down" about halfway. Then the rain runs off the other end where nobody is stretched out relaxing.

If I tie down both ends, the door rubs when you open it, so I just do the one end. Looks a bit strange, but it works for me. Just remember to make removing it part of your "secure the camper" checklist so you don't hit the retract button with the strap on there.
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Old 08-09-2018, 02:52 PM   #22
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I use a cheap rubber bungie on the aft end, away from the door. One hook over the bottom end of the cheap hardware that holds it to the camper, and the other just past the hinge on the arm, so it holds it "down" about halfway. Then the rain runs off the other end where nobody is stretched out relaxing.

If I tie down both ends, the door rubs when you open it, so I just do the one end. Looks a bit strange, but it works for me. Just remember to make removing it part of your "secure the camper" checklist so you don't hit the retract button with the strap on there.
You should be able to adjust either arm without having to use the bungee. My Carefree has 6 adjust holes & as per their manual can be set to within 3 holes difference from arm to arm & still extend/retract without any further adjustments.
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Old 08-09-2018, 04:33 PM   #23
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You should be able to adjust either arm without having to use the bungee. My Carefree has 6 adjust holes & as per their manual can be set to within 3 holes difference from arm to arm & still extend/retract without any further adjustments.
Never noticed on my 26RB Campfire. They are auto dumpers, but I just like to keep the one end down. The bungie does the trick. I'll have to double check, just came in for the night and my shoes are OFF.
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Old 08-10-2018, 07:49 AM   #24
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As to the OP, in today's world I'm MUCH more hesitant to do those kinds of favors, you don't know how they may react! I'm not going to be shot trying to save someone else's awning. Granted most would be very appreciative, but it only takes one to go bad sideways very quickly.
Wow. If you are seriously worried about getting shot when you knock on a neighbor's door, you need to get out of that neighborhood and find some place else to camp!!
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:01 AM   #25
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Wow. If you are seriously worried about getting shot when you knock on a neighbor's door, you need to get out of that neighborhood and find some place else to camp!!
I really think the comment was made more "tongue in cheek" rather than "with fear in my heart"... That said, every campground that I've stayed in tends to "change complexion" every day at checkout time..... You never know when that "nice elderly couple with the mini-home" will leave and the next people will have a "huge fifth wheel, filled with teenagers, their motorcycles and speakers blaring music from both sides of the RV as they "rev up the motorcycles"..... Just sayin' ....
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Old 08-10-2018, 08:20 AM   #26
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my 2019 has feature that you just pull down on the joint of the awning arms and it slopes automatically. No need to move it back when bringing it in. Set and forget. I love it. Much better then adjusting with the push buttons that kill your finger.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:24 AM   #27
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Wow. If you are seriously worried about getting shot when you knock on a neighbor's door, you need to get out of that neighborhood and find some place else to camp!!
I think travelin texan has a valid point. The world has changed so much from what it used to be lots of folks seem to be on pins and needles - especially if it's early or late in the day and they are inside the RV. As one that has been "that guy" pointing a gun at someone's face (really nice guy) that was in the wrong place at the wrong time, I can only say I would not have wanted to be in his shoes. Granted, I wouldn't be banging on someone's door after 11pm then jerk the door out of their hands....but, still wouldn't want to be in that situation.

As John mentioned, the complexion of a park changes constantly. Thankfully you generally have a little time to meet newcomers, visit a bit and get a feel for the "lay of the land". I would want that before I went to "wake" someone. Of course, I wouldn't mind nearly so bad in the morning hours (daylight) vs late at night. If it was an emergency you just do what you have to do IMO.
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Old 08-10-2018, 09:58 AM   #28
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You just never know nowadays... Older couple was beat to death in their own home by unknow subjects a few years back, less than a block from our house ..

Down here we got so many transients roaming around that it don't pay to open the door without being ready, especially at night... less they got armed guards and locked gates ain't no RV park any safer than any place else..
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Old 08-10-2018, 01:46 PM   #29
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As a former campground host, I've dropped many a corner to let the accumulation off and I've seen several times where neither I nor anyone else caught it in time and the result was expensive. Do him a favor and either drop the corner for him or wake him up. When he realizes what you've done he'll appreciate it. In many years, nobody ever criticized me for saving their awning!
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Old 08-11-2018, 06:08 AM   #30
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I’ll count myself lucky that I don’t live or camp anywhere that has nervous people with firearms. I'm sure that Texas is a beautiful place but if 2 Texans here express worry about the “complexion” changing with the next neighbor and there’s even a remote chance of this really happening, I’ll avoid Texas in my travels.
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