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Old 02-22-2014, 06:56 PM   #1
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OH No.. Tree fell on our MH

During our recent ice storm, we had a tree fall on our new to us MH. Have never even taken it out. It is at the shop now, waiting on the insurance company to approve the claim. Crushed the top edge over the main slide, crushed front A/C, damaged front right corner and patio awning. Shop says they want to do a complete new roof (fiberglass). As long as insurance approves it I guess it will be good to get a new roof on the MH. While they are doing all this work, I was thinking about upgrading to an electric awning. Shop said if I wanted to, I would just pay the differance in price. Probably the biggest expense would be doing the wiring for it. Seems like most people love their electric awnings, so I was just wondering if it would be a worthwhile upgrade? How much would you be willing to pay for the upgrade? Anything else I should have the shop do while they are working on the roof?
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Old 02-22-2014, 07:05 PM   #2
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I am so sorry to hear about your tree falling on your motorhome. I had a tractor trailer hit me on our first trip with my former motorhome so I certainly can relate. As for the electric awning, my former motorhome had a manual awning and I hated it. I love my Girard electric awnings and don't think I would ever go back to the manual awning.
Don't know what a fair price would be for it but you won't be disappointed.
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I don't have an electric awning, but want one. I would definitely go for the opportunity to dodo as a reduced price.
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Sorry to hear about your damage. It's a nice upgrade for sure. If you do get it and it has a wind sensor , DON'T trust it when your not there. They're not reliable.
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Old 02-23-2014, 05:59 AM   #5
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Sorry to hear about your damage. It's a nice upgrade for sure. If you do get it and it has a wind sensor , DON'T trust it when your not there. They're not reliable.
+1 We sat thru a storm in Las Vegas once and the people next to us left their awning out when they left. Well, a storm blew in and their waing ended up on the roof. Yes, they had an automatic awning with a wind sensor.
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There is a word for when that happens.. Alas.. Most censor bots won't let me post it.. So...

Sorry to hear it happened. However the way Motor homes are built if the repair shop does a good job.. You will end up with what you had before the tree fell or better.. Unlike so many car repairs which are never done quite right, this one will likely be 100%.

Oh, depending on where you live and where Motor home was bult... Might be best to return to factory and let them fix it.. (on the other hand I've seen how some factories build... and a good repair shop can easily do a better job.

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Thanks for the replys. Seems pretty much unanimous that everyone likes their electric awnings. If I do go that route, is there any particular brand awning that you ould recommend, or avoid?
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I like my electric vs manual the biggest difference is you can't let it down in rain or a windy day you have to put it up.
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Another vote for the power awning. We just picked up our new FR3 and on the way home the radio antenna hit a low wire and it was so loud I was sure I broke something. Luckily no. Then as i back in to the driveway a hit a planter and goofed up the wiring plug for the hitch!!

Power awnings and power jacks are heavenly. After many years of hand cranking both I am so happy to be done with them.
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Thanks for the replys. Seems pretty much unanimous that everyone likes their electric awnings. If I do go that route, is there any particular brand awning that you ould recommend, or avoid?
Best of luck with the repair. I have an after market Carefree Awning that was installed by the previous owner. Works very good, no complaints. No wind sensor.
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Bummer!

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Sorry to hear about your damage. It's a nice upgrade for sure. If you do get it and it has a wind sensor , DON'T trust it when your not there. They're not reliable.
So sorry to hear of the tree meeting the MH. I can understand the feeling you must have had when it happened.

x3 about not trusting wind sensor on the awnings. I have the Carefree Awning Pro with wind and rain sensors, along with remote control fobs. (Fobs never have worked properly). As for the wind and rain sensors, the rain works very well. When it is raining one end of the awning dips and allows the water to run off.

As for the wind, if there is a tell tale wind they work most of the times but for heavy gusts it is not quite as reliable. The control unit can be set in stepped increments up to 21 mph. Having been in the MH when the wind is blowing, my comfort level was to push the button and have the awnings come in rather than take the chance that the sensor would work.

On occasion, and a very clear and calm day, we have gone off for an hour or so without bring them in. However, 99% of the time it is just as easy to push the two buttons and bring the both in. If it is raining and the FOB works, when we drive up I can extend the awning over the door.

Very well worth the price to have the electric awnings, in my opinion.
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No so sure you need a new roof. Our previous Dolphin took a tree on the roof radius, towards the rear. NRV factory was still in business, they repaired just the crushed area, good as new. On the radius the roof is supported by Styrofoam.

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For me, If you're going to leave and your awning is out, either Retract it back in or tie it down at its' corners with strap/rope and tension spring. Also turn off sensors.
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