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Old 07-21-2015, 03:58 PM   #29
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I also have had manual awnings and now the power version and I agree with everyone. Sure is easy to put it out and put it away though.

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Old 07-21-2015, 04:21 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by gemini5362 View Post
I for the life of me cannot imagine why anyone would prefer a manual awning. I do not know anything they can do that i cannot do with my power awning and it is a lot easier to use.

Great question by the OP...

We just finished a week in a park with lots of very nice RV's with power awnings. We were the only ones with a manual awning and had no issues with our awning. Can't say the same for the automatic awning crowd...

Some had issues with wind pushing the awning up against the gas struts holding it open...so a few tied them down/open with straps to the ground.

Some could not adjust the angle as the sun moved through the day.

None could lower one end to allow rain/dew/aircon to run-off on the end preferred by the owner.

One owner was having work performed (no 12VDC house power for a while) so could not operate the awning.

In fairness, many manual awnings have the 2 main support arms (fore and aft) that sit at the right height to be a risk to hit your head if you aren't looking as you walk along the RV's length.

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Old 07-21-2015, 05:12 PM   #31
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I have seen some power awnings that can be lowered on 1 end only or both ends depending on what you want. The nice thing about the power awning is it's so easy to use that we roll it up at the first sign of bad weather and also always when we leave the camper for an trip. I'll never forget when a friend and I were sitting under our power awning and a sudden storm rolled in without warning, we jumped up and ran over to his rv and started rolling up his manual awning, in the middle of this process he looked at me and said "what about your awning, we better get that too!" and I said "don't worry about it, the awning will take care of itself" and about that time the awning started rolling up on it's own. My friend said "that's just not fair". I don't really see anything wrong with manual awnings other than the fact they take time to roll out and back up, and because of that you may be tempted to leave it out when you shouldn't. The power awnings are just so much easier to use that it's an easy decision for me.
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:50 AM   #33
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I've had both and prefer the power awning. I had a freak windstorm (with hail) come up on us once when we had the manual. By the time I got dressed and ran out to roll it up it had broke the front mounting bracket where it mounts to the roof. With the power awning I wouldn't even had to get dressed.

My power awning has thumb screws where I can pull down either corner and tighten the screw keeping it at an angle for water runoff/sun blockage. It will also self-tilt when it gets a load of water on it.

I do worry about my power awning more though, it seems a little more fragile than my manual one.
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Old 07-23-2015, 07:33 AM   #34
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Had both. Power awning hands down. The ability to partially extend it and no posts to bang your head on. Wife can easily put the awning out or retract it by herself if I'm not in camp - PRICELESS!

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