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weavie

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Posted: 02/05/13 06:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Does anyone make a canopy that doesn't pool water? We and our friends have lost more than one canopy due to a storm coming up and our canopy pools water which then bends and breaks the roof supports. If anyone knows of a canopy that won't hold water please, let me know.

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Posted: 02/05/13 06:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

If you slope the canopy enough you shouldn't have that problem. We have had five Coleman popups over the years and never had a problem. Wind is more of an enemy.


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Posted: 02/05/13 06:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

This question would get better answers on the Folding Camper forum, but the only way for a "roll out" canopy (assuming you mean awning) not to sag and pool water is to support it in the middle with a pole. Since that is not very practical, the canopy would have to be let down during rain, or if you are there, just push it up in the middle when water starts to pool with a broom or some sort of pole so that the water can run off. Remember water runs downhill and if the canopy is sagging with water weight, the middle is "downhill" so that is where the water is going to go. Sharply sloping the canopy before leaving would help, but I would not leave with an awning open for very long. Wind can be worse than rain.


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Posted: 02/05/13 06:39pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I slope mine off to the side so the water runs down and sideways preventing it from getting caught behind the awning roller and pooling up. If you are at a campsite and it is raining heavy, just look around and you will see lots of awnings sloped to one side for this reason. good luck and happy camping.

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It's possible, He is talking about an easyup, or it appears so to me.

All I can say is, you need to pull it tight, and you may have to dump it occasionally during a rain.


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Posted: 02/07/13 03:17pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We got ours from Gander Mt. and no problem. Love it! Been through some storms too! Worse case scenario, lower the side toward the incoming storm a notch or two. That should help.


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I'm sorry, I should have been more clear: I'm talking about a "pop up" type canopy that we put over out picnic table. Our camper awning is fine and doesn't pool water-we do slope it. We do "dump" water when it is raining but, at night this is not practical. I know we can't be the only ones that have this problem.

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Thanks for the clarification. If you have the easy up type of canopy you should not have that problem. There are three of the Walmart sold canopies in our camping group and we have not come close to having that problem. Walmart Canopy

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WE work craft shows with a pop up canopy/tent . We put swimming pool " noodles " on the ribs , seems to work !

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This is the one we have. http://www.gandermountain.com/modperl/product/details.cgi?pdesc=Guide-Series-Combo-Canopy&i=411204&aID=505K2&merchID=4006. The ones we found at Walmart did not say water proof or repellent. And for the few bucks more, we got the screen and sides. Well made, easy to erect and water proof.
As far as pooling, sounds to me the tarp isn't tight enough or you need another ridge strut down the center of each side to take the sag out. At this time I have no easy solution, except possibly a tight cord. But if you pull the cord too tight it might bow the sides. Hm. Food for thought.

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