Originally Posted by hooperdoski
Hi! I need to replace me awning. I'm looking for recommendations on which awning gives those most bang for the buck. It doesn't need to be the Cadillac Model and I don't want the cheapest either. Just looking for something in the middle that gives the most mileage per dollar.
Any help and/or opinions will be greatly appreciated.
What sort of rig are you putting it on? What do you have now? How do you use it?
My last rig had the A&E 9500 series with the metal cover and acrylic fabric.
Pros: Provided great shade and rain protection, infinitely adjustable, fairly easy to clean and maintain, mechanically sound (i.e. no mech failures and still looked good over 12 years).
Cons: Manual extend and retract...a PITA in the wind.
My new rig has a fancy schmancy powered awning (Apex by A&E).
Pros: Push a button and it goes in and out. No arms underneath so it looks cute. Retracts by itself if it gets windy (really nice at 4AM when the wind comes up).
Cons: Mounted 12' up there, not adjustable, provides less shade, less rain protection, basically more cute than useful. And...one of these days, I'll push the button and nothing will happen!
My vote: A&E 9000 series.