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Old 08-31-2020, 04:29 AM   #15
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Be very careful with Carefree

Iím on my second Carefree awning. Coach is a Ď16 Thor Miramar. It does not have tracks on the side of the coach, just the two auto arms at the top.

First awning didnít auto retract, arm broke, in low winds. Expensive insurance claim for the mobile repair and the replacement.

Second one decided to also not retract in a minor wind gust, all the mounting screws came out of the forward bracket. Damaged the fiberglass holes and scratched the paint. I had to wait 3 days to get a mobile repair service before we could move the coach. And yes, my wife helped me jury rig a solution to get the awning out of the way of the door while I was up on the ladder.

Net: Both Carefree and Thor are in the wrong in the design and application of this awning. I strongly recommend you research very carefully real RVers experience with Carefree awnings, which ever model you looking at.

If I had a choice, I wouldnít get a Carefree.
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JD11 thank you so much for the info and your time with a good explanation. So many things are happening now and the road blocks in simply fixing this awning without it costing half the price of buying new have put me on hold. It has got to be fixed or replaced eventually so I appreciate every reply to help in this decision.
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Our previous motor home was not built with an awning. Had a Carefree manual installed down near San Diego in 2015 for around $700. parts and labor. In the past two years, we have spend almost $1700 on our A&E power awning (fabric, motor and control box). Yeah, an electric awning is convenient, but in all honesty, I wish I had just replaced the electric with manual one. Much more versatile and certainly cheaper than the money I ended up paying.
Thank you, you are not the first to tell me to stay away from replacing with Carefree. My thoughts are going toward manual if I can't find this stinking little part.
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Panther RV in Wash sold me an arm for a Dometic 9100......Get yourself some 1/4" exploding rivets and long handled rivet tool and add a few more into the arm, even the existing one......Amazon has both....
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Our previous motor home was not built with an awning. Had a Carefree manual installed down near San Diego in 2015 for around $700. parts and labor. In the past two years, we have spend almost $1700 on our A&E power awning (fabric, motor and control box). Yeah, an electric awning is convenient, but in all honesty, I wish I had just replaced the electric with manual one. Much more versatile and certainly cheaper than the money I ended up paying.
AMEN! I too wished I still had my manual awnings!

My last coach, 2009 Winnie Sightseer had 2 manual awnings that NEVER gave me an ounce of problems. I could position them the way I wanted... Fast forward to my new coach, which has 2 useless Girard awnings... They are fragile at best, don't do well in anything past a misting rain, if the motion sensors take over in a wind situation and try to retract, chances are, the damage is already done.

Don't get me wrong, they look cool and sleek. They are only good for a sun shade, but not much else. I have contemplated having a manual Dometic or some other brand installed as a usable solution.
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Not all that hard to add some strength to a Dometic electric awning......mine stays out till wind forecasts 35 or higher, gauged by my wind meter,,,,,,and weather app...
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Not all that hard to add some strength to a Dometic electric awning......mine stays out till wind forecasts 35 or higher, gauged by my wind meter,,,,,,and weather app...
Care to elaborate? Might be interesting to see what you've done.
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Sure....I have self storing (stay attached) aluminum telescopic square tubing adjustable awning poles and using a ground anchor called the Claw (small aircraft ground tie downs), and also same type of self storing deflapper poles on which I use 2 Camco deflappers on each end........very easy set up and can take take down in a minute and a half if needed....use quick pins for height and storing, and self winding ratchet straps for the tie downs.....brackets that hold the poles are hand formed and bolted and riveted to awning arms....and mine is a Dometic electric style 9100, which I also added an RF controller....and I still retain the tip adjustments...7 years use so far...
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Thanks. That's interesting.
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JD11 thank you so much for the info and your time with a good explanation. So many things are happening now and the road blocks in simply fixing this awning without it costing half the price of buying new have put me on hold. It has got to be fixed or replaced eventually so I appreciate every reply to help in this decision.
I hope it goes well for you. I know itís frustrating. We were so angry at having to go through this twice I swore I was going to have it removed and not replaced. We simply donít trust this Carefree awning to use it.
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