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Old 09-05-2011, 06:50 PM   #1
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power door awning vs manual door awning

I have taken the inside panels off of my coach to replace a main slide switch which is above the passengers chair on my DP. Because I am looking at the bare outside wall of the coach I thought that now is the perfect time to replace my manual awning with a power awning. I can now put the switch in and route the wiring before I put the inside panels back in. My manual awning really gets a wokout in the wind and sometimes I think it is going to come off. The brackets are not very reliable in the wind. I already have a power awning on my main slide so I was thinking now is the time to upgrade. Can someone comment on this upgrade or should I leave alone. I can't even get a price up here in Canada for a 5ft. power awning..I am not sure I like the power awning on my main slide. I had a manual awning on my gasser and it came down alot lower than my power..But with a flick of a switch and out it goes. It is a hassel putting the manual one out with all the brackets and we quite often don't use it..Any comments

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Old 09-05-2011, 10:55 PM   #2
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I recomend going with a manual crank out awning, you can get a box type so you dont have to deal with all the extra steps of putting it out just crank it out and leave it. We have run into alot of issues with the power ones either getting stuck out or in due to motors. Still havent run into a power 1 I would put on my coach. is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-05-2011, 11:03 PM   #3
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I have a Carefree power awning over my door. It has the world's noiseist gears when it operates. It is handy to have when it is raining or if the sun happens to be shining on the door and it is hot outside. However, now that I read your posting, I think the door awning is only marginally useful and I am not sure I would buy one if I had to. I would probably spend the money on something else, and put up with the manual awning you have.
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Old 09-05-2011, 11:10 PM   #4
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TEDDE.......Mine came with a manual awning and I was a little disappointed. My sister has an Itasca Meridian and theirs has a power awning. I take a little crap from them because they have a power awning. At first I wished I had one, but we only use ours when the weather is bad or when we get sunshine right on the door. When the weather gets bad, my sister has to bring hers in to keep it from getting damaged. They've also had motor issues.

If yours is a Carefree model and has been noisey while underway, they made a slide lock that secures the front arm.
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