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Old 11-11-2012, 03:34 PM   #1
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Power Awning question

We just purchased a 2013 Coachman Freedom Express 281RLDS yesterday. We will pick it up on Nov. 21. It comes with the power package that is power to tongue jack, power stabilizer jack, and power awning. My question is about the power awning. With the awning open can you hang lights or sun shade?

Another question is this trailer has spread axles. Will the X chalks work or is there something else out there that I can lock the wheels?

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Old 11-11-2012, 04:17 PM   #2
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You can hang lights, but you need to use some of the new quick release hooks they sell. If the wind comes up, you can pull the lights down quickly and get the awning in.

We have a sun shade that has two parts. One part is permanently mounted in the awning slot. It comes in lengths for various awnings and it comes in different "drop" sizes, depending on how high up your awning is. Mine has a 12" drop so I can reach it. The part that is mounted in the awning trough has a zipper the full length. You add the actual sun shade by zipping it to the awning piece. In an emergency, you can quickly unzip it from the awning. The piece that stays in the awning rolls up with the awning without any issues.

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Old 11-11-2012, 05:09 PM   #3
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You will have to disable your wind censor if you have one.
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Old 11-13-2012, 07:12 AM   #4
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Don where did you get your shade with zipper? We now have the power awning and I'd like to get a new sun shade. That sounds like something I might like to look into.
Thanks for any info on this.
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