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Old 11-08-2014, 05:22 PM   #11
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I'm not familiar with the trailer weight for a 21FBRS but I don't think Ford makes an F150 that couldn't pull it comfortably. My last 2 trailers had manual awnings while my new Surveyor Select 235RKS has the power awning. So far it's been problem free so I prefer the power. .e.g. I had an episode this summer where I was tearing down when it started to rain on everything I had outside destined for the back of the truck. 15 seconds later the awning was out protecting everything while I waited for a break in the rain.

Downside for me is the increased # of head hits with the power awning over the manual. Although I like the streamlined supports on the power awning they're a little to hidden so I keep on walking into them.

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Old 11-08-2014, 06:13 PM   #12
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If had the Murphy bed option the front window may not be available.

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Old 11-08-2014, 08:01 PM   #13
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Power awning is the way to go! With the shocks that allow for auto dump of rain, I'm not worried about it if we're gone. My awning arms are high, and out of the way so I've never hit my head.

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Old 11-08-2014, 08:36 PM   #14
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Power awning is the way to go! With the shocks that allow for auto dump of rain, I'm not worried about it if we're gone. My awning arms are high, and out of the way so I've never hit my head.

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Just don't depend on the "Auto Dump" feature to keep from bending the awning tube. You will be sadly disappointed.
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Old 11-08-2014, 09:17 PM   #15
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Ah y'all got bit by the upgrade bug...been there, done that! :-)

Your F150 should be fine for towing the extra weight. (I assume it's a V-8?)

We went from an 18" to a 34" so it was quite an adjustment...especially since I had to, also, get rid of my beloved Tacoma truck (V-6)...but I did get my dream truck, a Tundra...she's a beast and doesn't chuckle down the road with the camper like my Tacoma did.

Post new pics if you get her!!! :-)
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Old 11-09-2014, 12:27 AM   #16
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My buddy loves the front window.
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Old 11-09-2014, 10:58 AM   #17
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And I am from the opposite where I would have no problem giving up my electric awning and going back to a manual....I find manual gives me more flexibility to adjust the awning...can't can't enough angle out of the electric one to provide sufficient shade...and one less thing to go wrong...if your electric awning fails, you can retract it, but its a pain and then it needs to be serviced before you can use it again. I really don't find it a big deal to have to go outside and manually open and close the awning...just my 2 cents worth.

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I am with you on the awning 100%
I would much prefer a manual one...but they don't seem to exist anymore, or they cost way more.
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Old 11-10-2014, 07:19 AM   #18
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We have a 2014 21FBRS, pull it with a 2013 Nissan Frontier V6 Crew Cab 4x4 using an Equalizer Hitch, and we have no problems pulling this unit up and down the foothills of Missouri. This was our first TT, so we've only had the electric awning, but as long as there is a way to roll it back up if the electric switch/motor fails (which there is), then I'll stay with that option. Hope you enjoy your unit as much as we do... it's perfect for the two of us.
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Old 11-10-2014, 10:29 PM   #19
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We have no problem pulling this with a 4.8L 2000 Chevy Silverado. We just got back from the smokies and it pulled well.

We love ours. It's small enough to fit where we need ( like our driveway) but big enough that we don't feel too cramped

We had 7 people and 2 dogs very comfortably during a storm this summer

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Old 11-14-2014, 12:30 PM   #20
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We pick up the new camper tomorrow! I will be posting pics soon after. The old one and the new one are so much alike it will be "spot the differences" ! Lol!

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