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Old 03-28-2016, 07:16 PM   #301
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I agree, like anything, it gets easier with practice. Maybe I'm a control freak but I like to put the legs out, stake them down, put the flopper stoppers on and then I'll decide when it's time to take it down.

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Old 03-28-2016, 08:15 PM   #302
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I agree, like anything, it gets easier with practice. Maybe I'm a control freak but I like to put the legs out, stake them down, put the flopper stoppers on and then I'll decide when it's time to take it down.

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Me too. I always do that and add a hold down strap to driven stakes. I was told that legs to the ground was stronger than latched to the side of trailer.

I can still remember my wife and I being lifted off the ground trying to save a case awning during a thunderstorm on Cape Hatteras.
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:24 PM   #303
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I too always swung the legs out to be vertical. Way easier to get around than with them left attached to the trailer, and it takes a whole 15 seconds per leg to do it.

As mentioned above, the awning is the only thing I have any scepticism about with this new build. Firstly though, I just love the clean look it offers when stowed, with no arms showing, or coil of fabric just hanging there. Even though I was not bothered with having to set up the old one, I do like the simplicity of the deployment of this one.

With us, an awning is a huge part of how we camp. Unless a quick overnight stop, it always was deployed with the setup of the trailer. Countless time has been spent with a gathering of friends and family under it while weathering out a storm.

I have a friend with one similar. He often ties it out with lightweight ratchet straps to stop it from moving. Not sure if that would be an option with this one, if it should be needed. Of course one would have to deactivate the wind sensor first.

BUT, I am not going to render any judgement on the new awning until I get a chance to try it out. I am confident I will be pleasantly surprised with how much I like it, and am very excited to give it a go.
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Does anyone know the specifics on the new awning? Is there a manual override for the wind and rain dump? Can it be retracted if the battery is dead or the motor goes out? I had a slide on a trailer stop working and I'll never be put in that situation again, dead in the water.
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:37 PM   #305
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Not sure if there is a switch, or easy disconnect to disarm the wind sensor, but I bet it would be an easy thing to do. The rain dump is just that though, it dumps when overloaded with water, and I don't believe it retracts at all for rain, at least I would certainly hope not, as dinner could end up quite wet.

It is also equipped with a manual crank. It has t be in the event of some kind of electrical failure.
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I do like the fact that the case appears to offer some sort to protection from the elements, that should lengthen the life of the awning fabric.
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Old 03-28-2016, 08:50 PM   #307
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What I want to know is where did I put the remote??
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Old 03-28-2016, 11:37 PM   #308
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Here's some examples of the deployments at Quartzsite showing some of the necessary down angles and corner tilt when in the field.
Good to see the photo's of Jack's add-on suncreens. We liked them so much when we saw that fabric in, of all places, a Mexican Home Depot, we bought some. Should be easy to sew up the hems, we've done much heavier fabric.

Another point for the awning with legs, you can secure a front screen to it.

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Ron,
I really liked Jacks screen setup too. Keep us posted as always on how you create them.
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Old 03-29-2016, 12:44 AM   #310
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I think it has been mentioned before but how do you put up your screen room on the new awning ? I think most of us are just giving you things maybe you didn't know to think about ,not meaning any harm . I have appreciated many times in my life for thoughts and advice , so you are informed when you make your decision . Pat
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