Originally Posted by Jakie-Boy
The current generation of awning products for RV's are far superior to the older style of mechanical, manual roll-out awnings that required 10 - 15 minutes to properly deploy or retract. They are well-designed and sturdy, but most important, they can be retracted partially in the event of increasing winds in order to reduce flapping, or retracted fully in severe conditions in a matter of seconds, not minutes.
I totally disagree, I know many people that have had multiple issues with the New style awnings and most are not wind related. I asked a traveling RV repairman about awnings and he said you're better off fixing your old one ( needed a new fabric) than buying a new system because of the cheap construction of the scissor arms and electric motor failures. To be fair the mounting areas on the new ones needed, and electric supply needed, really increase the cost of adding a new style awning. I've got three hundred bucks in a new fabric installed. Awning is now 14 years old with a new fabric, operating flawlessly .
As far as ten to fifteen minutes to deploy,, wow.