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Old 01-25-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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2009 Panamerica awning rubbing on door

So my awning rubs on top of door when out. I have it as high as it will go and center support in. The back has one extra hole in arm than front is this normal so it drains if it rains. This is one big awning and woud be great if it would not rub door. Should I just drill another hole in front pole to adjust height so it will go higher so door clears. I hate to modify stuff from factory but the rubbing door is going to wear awning if I do not fix. This trailer is used and I can see orignal owner just let it rub which is not cool. Thanks for any help.
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Old 01-25-2013, 08:50 PM   #2
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I can say that on our 31-footer, if the awning is not up as far as it can go, the door will rub on it. In fact, the PO installed a small wheel at the top right corner to allow it to move more easily over the fabric.

It's my idea that when the awning is deployed, the door is not meant to be used.

Logically, why would you?
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Don't modify it. Just put a wheel on top of the door so it won't tear the fabric. Not unusual.

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You might also try a piece of 3m clear tape. Its the same material that you see on new cars to protect the paint from rock chips behind the wheels. Clean the surface well on the edge of the door where contact is made and apply the tape. It will still rub but it will be smooth unlike the edge of the door where the sharp aluminum snags the fabric. I have not done this personally but have seen it done and it works well.

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Old 01-25-2013, 09:12 PM   #5
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Well, there you go: "Awning Roller"!

Problem solved.
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Hi, since you didn't post a picture, and I have seen this so many times before, did you put your awning arms in the wrong place? They go on the awning roller shaft and a few people have connected them to the storage pins on the main awning arms.
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How about swapping the rear arm with the extra hole for the front arm?
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We have a large blue noodle float that we slit down one side, fit it over the center awning support, and it raises the awning enough to avoid the door rubbing on it. I works just fine and is easily stored when traveling or not using the awning.
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Thanks for all the ideas. I am going to try the noodle or switch front and back arms if I can. It sucks Airstream did not fix this before they ship a $95000.00 trailer with these problems, it sounds like a common problem. How is these awning in the wind and rain compared to normal awning the material is way different. Are 2006 Okanagan had a great awning with no problems.
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Hi, since you didn't post a picture, and I have seen this so many times before, did you put your awning arms in the wrong place? They go on the awning roller shaft and a few people have connected them to the storage pins on the main awning arms.
I've done that.
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I did put on awning roller shaft.
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I wish my t- shirts didn't get saggy in the rain ether. They just don't make cotton shirts like they use to. :-/
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You do not have the awning fully extended, there is nothing wrong with it. Show us pictures. Jim
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I will not be around trailer for couple of days to get pictures. I am sure it was fully extened because tube came right out bottom pole in front support that is when I discovered back support extened farther up. If the back extending rod can be changed out for front it might work.
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