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Old 11-04-2012, 04:54 PM   #1
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Electric vs Manual Awning question

Just wondering. Has anyone replaced their existing awning with an electric one and what was approx cost ? Since my fabric was damaged and needs to be repaired thought this may be the route to go.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:15 PM   #2
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You'll need to find a 12V source, run it to the switch, then run it to and through the sidewall some where behind the front awning arm. That'll be the hardest part. Just make sure to get the same sized awning as is on it now.
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Old 11-04-2012, 05:33 PM   #3
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You might want to revisit this thought. I went from a manual awning to an electric awning, and now I am back to a manual awning. The reasons are as follows. I was used to putting out my manual awning, attaching side straps to keep it from fluttering in the wind and tying it down securely in case of a bad wind, putting up lights and basically forgetting about it. I could go away or go to sleep without worrying about it. Then I got the electric awning. I couldn't put the side straps on, they wouldn't fit with the new side bar configuration. I found it to be flimsy and weak. I was afraid to tie it down, I'd probably bend the arms. So with just a little wind the awning would rise and fall. So I also didn't put out lights. I had to put the awning up when we went away or to sleep and put it back out when we could watch it. Luckily this was easy and automatic. But I grew to hate it. I now have my life back in order with my manual awning again, side-trapped and tied down, with my lights hung. I don't have to think about it anymore. I now sleep peacefully again. Just my two cents worth. An electric awning is an option which I will gladly pay to have replaced with a manual awning.
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Old 11-04-2012, 06:10 PM   #4
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Even tied down, I wouldn't leave an awning out. Ever. See what's happened to ones that got blown up and had the torsions loose all tension in a few seconds?
Also, some electric models have wind sensors that roll them up to protect from wind damage.
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Thanks it was just a thought . Its not really that hard to deal with the manual anyway. just have to remember to pull it in when a cloud comes around even here in sunny California......LOL
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If you don't leave it out all the time tied down and don't add all those lights then you would like the electric.
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My friend has the electric awning on his jayco and I was I little jealous of it. Then came a moderate rain and realized that you can't angle one side down. The struts did release the water when the weight over came them, but it was an unexpected splash. Both have there own advantages.
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You might want to revisit this thought. I went from a manual awning to an electric awning, and now I am back to a manual awning. The reasons are as follows. I was used to putting out my manual awning, attaching side straps to keep it from fluttering in the wind and tying it down securely in case of a bad wind, putting up lights and basically forgetting about it. I could go away or go to sleep without worrying about it. Then I got the electric awning. I couldn't put the side straps on, they wouldn't fit with the new side bar configuration. I found it to be flimsy and weak. I was afraid to tie it down, I'd probably bend the arms. So with just a little wind the awning would rise and fall. So I also didn't put out lights. I had to put the awning up when we went away or to sleep and put it back out when we could watch it. Luckily this was easy and automatic. But I grew to hate it. I now have my life back in order with my manual awning again, side-trapped and tied down, with my lights hung. I don't have to think about it anymore. I now sleep peacefully again. Just my two cents worth. An electric awning is an option which I will gladly pay to have replaced with a manual awning.
I've had the manual and now have an electric awning. Chillbilly has good points on his preference. I also agree most RVers advise to roll it up electric or manual if you leave. My electric awning allows you slant the awning and then tightening the tension knobs. Good luck!
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