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Old 10-30-2012, 08:07 AM   #1
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Unhappy Awning replacement

Last week while doing some cleaning on our awning we got caught in a sudden violent wind/rainstorm. The awning was like a parachute on a bucking bronko and within 5 minutes was torn loose and the support arms bent. At least they didn't come off and go through the roof.

We've been in contact with our dealer for a replacement and have been considering an electric model in place of the manual one if installation is possible.

For those of you who have one we'd appreciate comments on the electric model ...... pros and cons. Thanks
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:13 PM   #2
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We have the electric awning on our NorthTrail and don't like it at all. You can't tilt or tip them and when it rains they fill with water before they do the auto-dump. Get the manual kind.
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Old 10-30-2012, 02:19 PM   #3
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You can't tilt or tip them and when it rains they fill with water before they do the auto-dump. Get the manual kind.
I would have to agree to the above......

I have one on my 05 Southwind and just had to have it replaced, the wind sensor doesn't work right and never did.
Since I have the kitchen slide it places the awning to high to reach without a ladder to clean it off.
Save your money,buy a manual....
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After years of working with computer systems and many automated devices I have determined some things are best done manually. Of course washing dishes is not one of them. As long as I am able a manual awning will work just fine.
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Old 10-30-2012, 06:00 PM   #5
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The one we have now is electric and does adjust in tilt and height when deployed. That said, it is my first electric so not much experience.
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Old 11-03-2012, 07:52 PM   #6
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I replaced my awning arms with Carefree electric arms I bought on eBay. I like it. I find that I use the awning more than I did before.

DW likes it because if I'm not there she can operate the awning.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:39 PM   #7
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Water not being swept off slide

I have a new Voltage and when I have to put the slides in after or while it rains the water isn't swept off the top of the slide. I was told I need to put awning over them. I have had other 5ers and never had this problem. Even with awning some rain will get under them. Any thoughts?
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Have always had the manual awnings and really don't wish I had electric or auto ones. Spent too many years with the manual ones and know how they work.
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I have a new Voltage and when I have to put the slides in after or while it rains the water isn't swept off the top of the slide. I was told I need to put awning over them. I have had other 5ers and never had this problem. Even with awning some rain will get under them. Any thoughts?
We have the slide covers over two of our three slides, have never had any leaks from any of them.
We had a friend (he's since died of cancer) that didn't have awnings over his slides. He pulled the main one in after a rain and when he hit the brakes he got a shower from the main slide behind the driver.
So, maybe you need them and maybe you don't, just depends.
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