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Old 08-27-2013, 05:59 PM   #15
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59 views and not a singe reply. I take that to mean there isn't a manual version of these awnings... crap...
I am glad you posted. I have looked at the electric and wondered about their dependability. I like being able to lower my manual almost to the ground to clean. Can you do that with the electric?
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Old 08-28-2013, 07:48 AM   #16
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Sorry, I've been away for a couple of days. but if you click on the Awning Catalog Link on the right side of the web link you sent me, you will find 9100 in both power and manual.
GOT IT! Thanks. I didn't bother to check catalogs. Makes sense that the website would only list the power version since that's the one they're trying to sell.

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We replaced the original awning on our 2001 Adventurer with the manual version of the Dometic 9100. It was a direct fit. The awning fit the channel perfectly and the brackets used the same holes as the originals. We ordered it from Camping World about this time of year. They just happened to be on sale so the price was right.

Our lower arm mounts were held in place by lag screws rather than rivets. It took the technician less than 1/2 an hour to remove the old hardware and install the new awning.
That's good news for me. I'm replacing a Two-Step awning. What was your original awning? Would it be too much trouble for you to measure the distance between the upper and lower mounting bolts on your 9100 awning arms? If it's a direct fit then that's the one I will get. Thank you for the info!

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I am glad you posted. I have looked at the electric and wondered about their dependability. I like being able to lower my manual almost to the ground to clean. Can you do that with the electric?
I can't speak to their dependability but I'm sure others can. Personally, I don't see the need for a power awning. IMHO, the convenience factor doesn't outweigh the extra cost and effort of installation along with "just another thing to break". I don't mind the extra "effort" required to extend and retract a manual awning. That being said, someday when we buy our super-duper mega-sweet ultimate RV, I'm sure it will come with a power awning. I'll enjoy it then! Hell, I might have the bottom step converted into a little elevator so DW doesn't have to climb the steps!! But we're not there yet...
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The original awning on our 2001 Adventurer was the Dometic 8500. Sorry I can't make any measurements. We traded in the motorhome this spring. We now have a 2013 Winnebago Adventurer with a totally different power awning.
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GOT IT! Thanks. I didn't bother to check catalogs. Makes sense that the website would only list the power version since that's the one they're trying to sell.

That's good news for me. I'm replacing a Two-Step awning. What was your original awning? Would it be too much trouble for you to measure the distance between the upper and lower mounting bolts on your 9100 awning arms? If it's a direct fit then that's the one I will get. Thank you for the info!

I can't speak to their dependability but I'm sure others can. Personally, I don't see the need for a power awning. IMHO, the convenience factor doesn't outweigh the extra cost and effort of installation along with "just another thing to break". I don't mind the extra "effort" required to extend and retract a manual awning. That being said, someday when we buy our super-duper mega-sweet ultimate RV, I'm sure it will come with a power awning. I'll enjoy it then! Hell, I might have the bottom step converted into a little elevator so DW doesn't have to climb the steps!! But we're not there yet...
Lol. Same here. Our kids say they're going to get us a big new DP someday, so we might just have to put up with that power awning too. What are you going to do? Can't say no to your kids! :-) ....I'm rooting for them!
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I'm posting here to get some of the info for a friend who says.
" I can't wait till this ..... power awning blows off so I can replace it with a manual unit."
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As I mentioned earlier our previous coach had a manual awning and I did like it. Our new coach came with an electric awning and I find I like it as much or more than the manual one. The major advantages are there are the bars at each end are much higher and I don't have to go around them and dont accidently run into them.

Secondly it can be retracted in a matter of seconds if the wind picks up, which it has here in Glacier National Park the last few days. It has the same rain dump feature as our manual one, and supposedly has a wind sensor.

I haven't tried the wind sensor on the advice of our salesman. He warned us not to take the chance. Usually by the time the sensor detects and reacts to the first gust of wind, the decond gust has already ripped it off.
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