Bag awning question

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  1. Dan Wilson

    Dan Wilson New Member

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    Do you unzip the awning bag and pull the guts out before you raise the top or after? Looks like a difficult reach when it is up all the way.
     
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    Yes we do.
     
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    I usually raise the top a couple feet, then unzip the bag then finish raising the roof.
     
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    I also raise the top a few feet and then get the awning out. It's difficult to get the zippers undone when the roof is raised all the way unless you are tall.
     
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    And do this at home before you go anywhere so you don't have to figure out how to stuff an awning inside a popup because it detached from the rail on your first attempted deployment and it won't fit into the campground dumpster. :)
     
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    jmkay1 2004 Fleetwood/Coleman Utah

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    Before for me as well. Just became a problem if a bad storm was brewing and I needed to put the awning away before damage.
     
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    I'm tall. I usually unzip the bag when down, but not untie the awning (ours has ties inside, not sure if they all do). Then I set it up the rest of the way once the camper is set up.

    Sometimes I forget and can still unzip it if I have to. Standing on the step helps but isn't necessary for me.
     
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    When I don't forget to do it (which is most of the time) I take the awning out before the roof is raised all of the way up. It is actually the manufacturers recommendation to take it out before raising the roof.
     
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    Why do you raise the roof a few feet before unzipping?
     
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    BikeNFish Well-Known Member

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    It's easier to handle when it is up a bit because a half unrolled awning is easier to handle when the roof is being raised the rest of the way than a fully rolled up awning before you start to raise it. <---wordy!
     
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    I raise the roof until the awning is about head high and unroll the awning, then zip on the screen room. Finish raising the roof and setting up as normal. Reverse when packing up.
     
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    Woah. I have the feeling you guys are way taller than me. My awning is already over my head before doing anything (except when it's laying in pieces on the garage floor)...
     
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    Difference is you have a high wall camper.
     
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    I raise mine a bit as well. I am lucky in that mine had Velcro from the factory, so it won't spill out. Poles travel in bags in the front trunk though. We unroll, install the rafters and legs, then adjust as the roof goes up. If the screen room is going to be used we try and install it at the same time since the side rafters have to thread into a sleeve on the screen room.
     

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