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Old 10-15-2012, 01:08 PM   #1
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Converting manual awning to electric

Has anyone converted their manual awning to an electric one? What does it involve and about how much would it cost? Can I use my existing awning? Thanks in advance.
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Has anyone converted their manual awning to an electric one? What does it involve and about how much would it cost? Can I use my existing awning? Thanks in advance.
I haven't had it done, but I saw a trailer getting it done at the Good Sam Rally in Phoenix this spring. They just changed out the awning arms and wired the 12v up. They used the same awning material. According to the installers. $1000.00
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I replaced my manual awning with an electric awning this year. I did not do the work myself. I purchased the awning from Camping World on sale and had it shipped to the RV Service place that did the installation. Total cost was 1800$. This included shipping, taxes, installation, new fabric, removal and disposal of the original..... I thought it was a bargain and I KNOW it will prevent injury!
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Old 10-16-2012, 08:48 AM   #4
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Thanks for the responses. That is about what I thought it would run. Glad to know we could use the existing awning. I know we would use our awning more if it was electric. My dh is paranoid about damaging the awning since the awning was damaged on our old tt during high winds. Knowing we could bring it in with a touch of a button should help.
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It's even better than "bringing it in with the touch of a button." An anemometer measures wind speed and automatically retracts the awning at a preset wind speed. If the wind picks up while you're away or asleep, no problem.
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It's even better than "bringing it in with the touch of a button." An anemometer measures wind speed and automatically retracts the awning at a preset wind speed. If the wind picks up while you're away or asleep, no problem.
That sounds great. Is this standard equipment with an electric awning or is it an add on?
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I would Google "Electric Awning Problems" before I switched over. Some people swear by them and others swear at them.

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I upgraded the frame the awning is attached to. It cost me $45 grand.
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We just talked to our RV dealer about an electric awning and sensor. They said they didn't recommend the sensor because if it malfunctioned the awning would be stuck. I still like the idea of the electric awning.
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We just talked to our RV dealer about an electric awning and sensor. They said they didn't recommend the sensor because if it malfunctioned the awning would be stuck. I still like the idea of the electric awning.
Your dealer was telling a story - the manual switch on the wall, and the remote, both work whether or not the sensor is operational. The control box that the sensor is connected to has an "on/off" switch on it so you can shut it off. My only concern is how to retract the awning if the motor malfunctions, and I've read that it can be retracted manually, but I haven't looked into that yet...
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Has anyone converted their manual awning to an electric one? What does it involve and about how much would it cost? Can I use my existing awning? Thanks in advance.
We (me and insurance companmy) did mine, wind storm removed the $old one, dealer installed the new one. Simple, just need 3 RV $bUCKS$ if you don't have insurance.
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Installed a carefree from colorado electric awning, Love it!!! The wind sensor with the carefree was extra but comes with a neat remote
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Thanks for the info everyone. We won't be doing anything until spring so we have time to research some more before we do it. We found that the girl who told us about the sensor isn't very knowledgable since she has given us the wrong parts a couple of times. We'll have to talk to someone who knows more about it before we make the decision. The sensor idea is nice if it works.
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