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Old 02-10-2012, 07:40 AM   #11
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Definitely make an insurance claim, and replace the entire awning.
And don't bother with an electric one. We had no choice when we ordered our fifth, as the manual was not an option. But I would rather have a manual, for the same reasons rkswyo stated. Anytime it is windy at all, we have to roll up the electric awning, and it is a pain.
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Old 02-10-2012, 08:20 AM   #12
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Camping world is way over priced!
Turn it in on Ur insurance.
Iowa gets windy like any other state and I've never had problem.
just push the button and it rolls up in 15 seconds if wind gets to bad.

Do what you want but I highly recommend electric.
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:23 AM   #13
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Do the electric awnings automatically lock when they close or could they come open while traveling?
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:50 AM   #14
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They lock when closed.

Unless broken the gears in the motor won't allow it to roll out
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Old 02-10-2012, 09:52 AM   #15
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i know u r way beyond this but...i had one unroll while driving in Wyoming. pulled into a rest stop, pulled the frame out like setting it up then rolled it back up. dealer said a spring broke. they repaired and it has worked ever sense.
i now look back at it ever so often to see if it is still intact. my frame was still in place on the side of the trailer.

i would replace the whole thing and take it to someone that will get the tension right. even if the awning wasn't hooked in place, the lever, u have to move on the end of the roll for it to roll up or down, should have kept it in place. apparently they can fail if put under too much stress.

if u choose the electric, electricity has to be supplied somehow. those that do this for a living should have that solved as well.
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:06 AM   #16
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By the way my local rv dealer sells a 15 foot electric awning for 1300.00 plus 160.00 to install
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Old 02-10-2012, 10:54 AM   #17
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I doubt that the OP would want to switch to an electric awning, as they mount differently, and he would have expose holes in the side of his camper. Probably not pretty.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:30 AM   #18
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I doubt that the OP would want to switch to an electric awning, as they mount differently, and he would have expose holes in the side of his camper. Probably not pretty.
Good point. I just ordered a new trailer and had to special order it without the electric awning. Seems the electrics are pretty much standard anymore.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:39 AM   #19
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Definitely make an insurance claim, and replace the entire awning.
And don't bother with an electric one. We had no choice when we ordered our fifth, as the manual was not an option. But I would rather have a manual, for the same reasons rkswyo stated. Anytime it is windy at all, we have to roll up the electric awning, and it is a pain.
Pushing a button is a pain ??? Compared to what - finding wherever you stored the metal hook-thing, going outside, unlatching the lock, attaching the hook to the loop, walking the awning into the trailer, storing the hook-thing again ??

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Old 02-10-2012, 01:21 PM   #20
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For me the advantages of a manual awning far outweigh any that an electric awning has, not that I can think of any for the electric. I can deploy my manual awning in 5 minutes or less. I can store the awning in 5 minutes or less. The awning hook is stored in the same spot every time so its not a big deal to find it. The manual awning is far more tolerant of windy conditions. I have had them both and wouldn't trade a manual awning for a truckload of electric awnings. I bought the awning to use it and for me the manual is a far better option.
Back to the original post in my opinion the one thing that gives me the most piece of mind with my awning is to use the "safety straps" on the awning arms.
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