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Old 07-13-2014, 03:31 PM   #1
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Upgrading to Electric Awning. Anything I need to know?

I am tired of struggling with our manual awning and have decided to upgrade to an electric model. The current awning fabric is in great shape, any reason I can't keep it?

Also, any advice from those who have already had this done would be much appreciated.

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Old 07-13-2014, 03:45 PM   #2
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Out first coach had the manual awning, and yes it is a bit more work. We now have the power awning and to be honest it is easy to push the switch to have it open and close, but there have been many times I wished I had the manual awning so I could lower to block the sun. Unless I'm missing something with the awning we now have we need to install a curtain to be sure we have shade. The manual had more positions for adjusting to the elements. I guess it's a matter of preference.
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Old 07-13-2014, 08:26 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply. You actually answered my next question as well regarding adjustments/positioning with the electric version.
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Old 07-14-2014, 12:05 PM   #4
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We have the Carefree electric awning and I really prefer the old manual. Not that I am going to replace ours with a manual, but the electric is up way high, so it loses a lot of shade. Also, it doesn't allow for enough tilt either side to side or fore/aft to let the rain run off for my likes, so I never leave it out when it is raining. OTOH, being high and no arms down where heads travel means no more bumped heads. But then I seldom put the awning out, anyway, as I don't wanna have to replace it when it blows over the top of our rig. I mostly deploy it when the sun beats down, as in at the beach, and heats up the place, especially if we are only on 30 amps.
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Old 07-14-2014, 03:57 PM   #5
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So glad I went ahead with his thread because I would have never guessed anyone would prefer a manual awning.

My manual needs adjusting however so if anyone knows the procedure for reloading/tightening the spring, I would appreciate the info.
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I have a electric awning but like the manual better.
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Old 07-14-2014, 09:01 PM   #8
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Hold-on your manual awning.

I have a Girard 2000 Automatic Lateral Arm Awning and hate-it. More lately since two arms broke last week after a heavy rain fall.
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