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Old 09-20-2019, 08:38 PM   #1
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Convert manual awning to electric??

I discovered that there is a kit for converting a manual awning to electric:
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories.../LC434723.html
Does anyone have any experience with having this kit installed on a fiberglass sided motor home? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

I did contact Newmar, but they would only remove the manual awning and replace with an electric awning and said that it would take at least 10 hours to do the wiring....sounds like a lot of hours, which equals $$$$. At that rate, I'll keep the manual awning!
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Not an answer but a side note. Keep the manual awning! I traded for a new Thor that came with electric awning. Yes it was nice to push a button to raise or lower but that's where it all stopped. To me they are not as strong, or able to withstand the littlest wind. I have since traded to an older Winnie with manual awning and am so happy about that.
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Agreed.....my son put mine out before storm then didn't want to go in , broke a shaft.My friend juat needed dealer to come out disassemble his to get retracted and go home. All manual methods didn't work
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Keep the manual awning!To me they are not as strong, or able to withstand the littlest wind.
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Not an answer but a side note. Keep the manual awning! I traded for a new Thor that came with electric awning. Yes it was nice to push a button to raise or lower but that's where it all stopped. To me they are not as strong, or able to withstand the littlest wind. I have since traded to an older Winnie with manual awning and am so happy about that.
Hi ! Welcome to IRV2! We're sure glad you joined the gang!

I'm with you, I like our manual awning! Yes, it's more trouble than pushing a button, but I think it's a lot more trouble-free! I can easily set it to any angle I want!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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I'm in the "now electric awning" camp.
I replaced my manual set up with electric and ain't looked back.

Mine is a Carefree Colorado, I rolled old arms out about 2 feet, to allow the roller to rest on a ladder, that I secured with a bungee cord, replaced one side at a time. Right by my self. Been much better if I had a helper.

Took most of a day, but wiring was the easy part. I was able to drill a 5/16" hole just where the inside lighting switches are and use that for power.

Works great, has Bluetooth wireless, I use my smart phone to operate or the inside switch.
Has a wind sensor as well.

AND most importantly I can't bump my head on the old manual arm!
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Thanks for the responses! I understand why some folks prefer manual awnings. I had an electric awning on the Winnebago trailer we owned and it was too light weight couldn't handle even light breezes without bouncing up and down. I ended up using tied downs when I wanted to leave it open for awhile.

What intrigued me with the Solera conversion kit is that I would still have a overall heavier awning with the convenience of being electric and it would seem to require less hours than replacing the entire awning, which I am not inclined to do. Although our Bay Star is a 2012, the previous owner didn't even use the awning, and it really is almost like new.

But, thanks for the replies!
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I've had both and prefer manual. I would never leave an electric awning deployed when we were not there. We were recently parked at a COE park in Illinois when a thunderstorm rolled in. We rolled our electric one right away. One neighbor had left his manual awning deployed while they went out, and because it was manual several of us were able to roll it up for him before it got damaged. For electric, one would need to enter the vehicle to roll it up.
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Yes, I had the kit installed 5 years ago works fine. Had it done at Good Sam rally. You can get it done at Quartzite or Yuma. Cost around$700.
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I discovered that there is a kit for converting a manual awning to electric:
https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories.../LC434723.html
Does anyone have any experience with having this kit installed on a fiberglass sided motor home? Any info would be greatly appreciated.

I did contact Newmar, but they would only remove the manual awning and replace with an electric awning and said that it would take at least 10 hours to do the wiring....sounds like a lot of hours, which equals $$$$. At that rate, I'll keep the manual awning!
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I've had both and prefer manual. I would never leave an electric awning deployed when we were not there. We were recently parked at a COE park in Illinois when a thunderstorm rolled in. We rolled our electric one right away. One neighbor had left his manual awning deployed while they went out, and because it was manual several of us were able to roll it up for him before it got damaged. For electric, one would need to enter the vehicle to roll it up.
Most electric awnings now have a wind sensor, so leaving it out is not really an issue. I have come back twice to the MH and found my awing retracted
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Thanks for the comments. I've decided at this point that I'm going to postpone any action on that idea. My priority now is to get two window awnings for the drivers side of the Bay Star (windows over dinette and couch).
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I'm in the "now electric awning" camp.
I replaced my manual set up with electric and ain't looked back.

Mine is a Carefree Colorado, I rolled old arms out about 2 feet, to allow the roller to rest on a ladder, that I secured with a bungee cord, replaced one side at a time. Right by my self. Been much better if I had a helper.

Took most of a day, but wiring was the easy part. I was able to drill a 5/16" hole just where the inside lighting switches are and use that for power.

Works great, has Bluetooth wireless, I use my smart phone to operate or the inside switch.
Has a wind sensor as well.

AND most importantly I can't bump my head on the old manual arm!
Mackwrench,
Did you upgrade your original awning or did you do a full replacement?
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Mackwrench,

Did you upgrade your original awning or did you do a full replacement?
Only replaced arms. I used same roller, awning fabric and cover.

Really not a bad job/upgrade

.....I can adjust the wind sensitivity to where anything much more than a fart will roll it up automatically...
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Thanks for the comments. I've decided at this point that I'm going to postpone any action on that idea. My priority now is to get two window awnings for the drivers side of the Bay Star (windows over dinette and couch).
Excellent choice. I added window awnings on ours, much nicer to have the shade over the windows.
One thing I did 'wrong' though. I mounted the awnings just like they said, everything works and looks fine and dandy. However when we sit at the dinette all we can see when we look out was the back side of the awning - that gets pretty boring after just a few minutes. So I ordered and installed a second bracket about 10 inches above the original one (this is the small bracket you hook the strap to). NOW we have both shade AND a view.
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