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Old 04-26-2011, 08:03 AM   #11
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As far as I am concerned, these power awnings are garbage, and I wish I could have gotten a manual one on ours. But since we ordered the 'convenience ' package ( I think that is what it was called), we could not substitute the manual awning.
Sometimes new and fancy isn't always better.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:12 AM   #12
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I was taught go away from the trailer close the awning, go to bed close the awning. So I find the power unit is nice for that same as when you are sitting outside enjoying a nice Prarie evening and see one of our wonderful storms come tearing acrosss the feilds, it is nice to run and push a button to get the awing in vs piddling around getting the rod to hold the awing and flip the latch etc. Sure only abt 5 min assuming you can find the little rod in a hurry but sometimes that 5min is the difference. BTW we bought the tie downs for our awning and have never taken them out of the bag they came in.
Not saying Crocus is not right about the old manual ones being built sturdier though as we had a manual one on our Edgewater.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:25 AM   #13
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When you set up with lights, and other accessories like a sun shade, it becomes a PITA when you are staying for several weeks and be forced to be "setting up".. "Taking down" ... Repeat until PO'ed every day.
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Old 04-26-2011, 08:33 AM   #14
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When you set up with lights, and other accessories like a sun shade, it becomes a PITA when you are staying for several weeks and be forced to be "setting up".. "Taking down" ... Repeat until PO'ed every day.

Yep, we have the patio lights that string on the awning and every night off they come and go back on the next time we use them. Although we do not use the awning that much truth be told as I am so anal about it and DW thinks I am a bit of a tool when it comes to it. But then again I make everyone fold up their chairs and store them under the trailer as well as secure stoves etc and put them under the trailer as well. I understand the sun shade as we looked at the Dometic add a room and I vetoed it just for the fact it could not be taken apart quickly. But as they say Different strokes for different folks..
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Old 04-26-2011, 10:25 AM   #15
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I never leave mine up when away from the trailer, and my wife makes me put it down when any little breeze comes up. On my first trailer (with manual awning), left it up one night and ended up taking it down at daybreak during a thunder storm. Bent one of the braces and started looking for part numbers to get a new one. Ended up putting a towel on the hood of the truck and straightening it out that way. Was o. k. for the next nine years. Wayne
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Old 04-26-2011, 11:23 AM   #16
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We love ours. We tie it down but it still is allowed to dump/drain when it puddles; it just makes slack temporarily while draining. If it looks like a storm is coming with winds and stuff, we just roll it in; it IS a POWER awning- not too much trouble to do that. We have the lights for across the front, but have only used them once or twice, due to the possibility of a storm; (and also lazy.) Randy
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I use two dog anchors with ratchet straps. I put a very small amour off tension on it and it works fine. You have to weld the anchors closed or the wind can bend them open.
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[QUOTE=TheSasks;99267]I was taught go away from the trailer close the awning, go to bed close the awning.


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Old 04-26-2011, 05:53 PM   #19
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Our first trip out in our previous hybrid, we got the awning setup, and I went back to light the hot water tank and I hear a loud noise and look up and my awning is on top of the camper, broke both arms. Lucky there was a place down the road that had two used arms. I bought a tie down that day, and use it anytime I put up the awning.
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"I hear a loud noise and look up and my awning is on top of the camper, broke both arms."
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That would never have happened with a manual awning.
Power awnings; handy, but junk.
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