Depending on what kind of trees you may be parked under, the awnings really help in keeping your slides clean and ready to retract. I agree about the noise, but there is also the additional benefit of rain water draining off instead of potentially creating a leak. However, I must admit that there have been times at the beach (thunderstorms and 50+ mph gusts) when I've wondered if the things were going to self-destruct.
Happy Camping! ///// Richard D.
2006 4x4 Ford 250 SD / 2007 Flagstaff 827 FLS
One very patient wife and one furry child who travels with us. Forty-two years of trailering and camping, and I still have a blast.