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Old 02-06-2013, 07:26 AM   #1
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power vs manual awning

I need to replace the awning on my 5'er...I like the Conveinance of the power awnings but the pitch adjustment abilities of the manual ones. I am considering the Carefree power Travel'r with pitch adjustment, does anyone have one of these? What do you think and are they worth the extra money?
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Old 02-06-2013, 08:54 AM   #2
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I need to replace the awning on my 5'er...I like the Conveinance of the power awnings but the pitch adjustment abilities of the manual ones. I am considering the Carefree power Travel'r with pitch adjustment, does anyone have one of these? What do you think and are they worth the extra money?
Our cruiser 5'er came with a power awning, and we are able to adjust the pitch on it. Has a black knob on both arms you can loosen to adjust. Just need to put back to full up before retracting. Wife thinls it's the bees kneess as now she can open the awning if she wants if I'm not around! I want to say it's a carefree but not 100 percent sure.
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I'm prepared to be in the minority here, but I've been RVing long enough to have learned that a lot of these power/automatic gizmos (awnings, leveling systems, window shades etc.) are just another expensive toy that's ultimately going to fail and require expen$ive repair$. That's not to say that I don't enjoy and utilize certain conveniences (electric rear stabilizer jacks, for example), but I don't get carried away with them.

At the end of the day, it's each individual's money and each individual's choice, but I'd suggest that part of the purchasing decision should be consideration of what you're going to do some Sunday morning in Terlingua, TX, 250 miles from the nearest RV service when you're getting ready to leave and the jacks won't come up or the awning won't retract.

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True that Rusty, make sure to have your ladder, test light, jumper wires and aux 12 volt power supply to help deal with those surprises. I know this from experience but still like the electric over manual but it can be a lot more work when things stop going right!
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I'm prepared to be in the minority here, but I've been RVing long enough to have learned that a lot of these power/automatic gizmos (awnings, leveling systems, window shades etc.) are just another expensive toy that's ultimately going to fail and require expen$ive repair$. That's not to say that I don't enjoy and utilize certain conveniences (electric rear stabilizer jacks, for example), but I don't get carried away with them.

At the end of the day, it's each individual's money and each individual's choice, but I'd suggest that part of the purchasing decision should be consideration of what you're going to do some Sunday morning in Terlingua, TX, 250 miles from the nearest RV service when you're getting ready to leave and the jacks won't come up or the awning won't retract.

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Can't argue with a word of that. However, the older I get, the more I like the automatic leveling system on our fiver. That's a risk I'm willing to assume. But I'm perfectly happy with my low tech manual awning.
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Manual awnings last longer... because they don't get used.
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I'm prepared to be in the minority here, but I've been RVing long enough to have learned that a lot of these power/automatic gizmos (awnings, leveling systems, window shades etc.) are just another expensive toy that's ultimately going to fail and require expen$ive repair$. That's not to say that I don't enjoy and utilize certain conveniences (electric rear stabilizer jacks, for example), but I don't get carried away with them.

At the end of the day, it's each individual's money and each individual's choice, but I'd suggest that part of the purchasing decision should be consideration of what you're going to do some Sunday morning in Terlingua, TX, 250 miles from the nearest RV service when you're getting ready to leave and the jacks won't come up or the awning won't retract.

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Second Rusty's remarks.
I saw more used electric awnings for sale in RV shops at home. The seasonal campers exchange them a lot. It takes lots of maintenance and time will tell.
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Manual awnings last longer... because they don't get used.
Wrong on that count as far as we're concerned!
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Whats to wear out on a manual awning??? Replaced my fabric for $200.00 after 17 years.
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First time with a power awning, Love the fact that my wife can use it, and best of all there are no cross bars
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My carefree automatic awning is pitch adjustable and can be stowed with any pitch adjustment configuration. I tested this just the other day, a slight shake of one arm to simulate wind and it closed right up. In the event of a malfunction it can be closed with an alternate 12 v power source or a drill motor. I have had both and I like the automatic.
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