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Old 08-15-2016, 05:44 PM   #1
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awning conversion to electric

I have an 8500 series awning which I think is A&E? Have been entertaining the idea of making it powered rather than manual. Anyone done this or should I spend my money elsewhere? Like the idea of pushing a button
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JMHO: Spend your money elsewhere. The whole mechanism, lock arms etc. all different .
Up till a year ago a friend would have traded you straight across for his power unit, couldn't be sloped enough to drain water , rolled up automatically every time somebody sneezed. Health forced him to sell his RV, after 25+ years; and 6 RV's , he had a real hatred for that power awning.
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not a big fan of my powered awning on my 5er either. I wish I had a manual one. The button is the only good thing about them......manual is better in just about every other way.
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We have one on our current 5er - and IMO, there are better places to put quite probably up to 2K dollars. You will need to figure and cost in the wiring, fusing and most likely need to drill all new holes. It wont 'dip' as far to shed rain and I feel that it is weaker then the manual for wind and heavy rain resistance. There is one positive with ours though - the DW can open and retract it with a simple push of a button
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Well thanks for the comments, I think i will leave as is. It is pretty heavy duty compared to the newer ones and i like the polished aluminum rather than the colored ones. I quess i will work on some kind of leveling system, Its getting hard to get under that thing to place the blocks and then scissor jack it
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what about some 4x6 blocks with an eyelet screwed into them....then take a pole with a hook on the end to slide the blocks into and out of place? I have no idea what kind of jacks you have....I'm picturing the ones underneath the MH's.
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Regular 7500 lb scissor jacks, I am going to weld them to the frame for now. Still have to drive up on wood blocking if to far out of level. Hydraulic levelers are a little too much money for this MH
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Regular 7500 lb scissor jacks, I am going to weld them to the frame for now. Still have to drive up on wood blocking if to far out of level. Hydraulic levelers are a little too much money for this MH
When we had our class C I brought along four scissor jacks. Didn't have them attached but they were great just to take the bounce out of moving around in it. I cut the crank handle off one of the cranks to use a cordless drill on them. Made it much easier.

About a power awning. We have one on our current MH. Because it extends out over a slide out, it is necessary. If it was not I would be happier with a manual awning. It does not go down low enough so we almost always have a shade on it. I leave the auto retract switched off since it goes up in the slightest wind. Had to have it repaired to the tune of $700. Hope that makes your decision easier.
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