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Old 06-03-2016, 05:41 PM   #21
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The biggest issue still is whether whatever it is that replaces it can adjust after deployment. The Dometic obviously could not, and that is not a very usable awning without that capability.
What are you referring to as far as adjustment after deploying, Greg? It goes in and out, that is about the only adjustment. You can adjust the pitch some too, but that is not something you would do regularly in the field.
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One can't angle the electric versions for rain run-off?
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Old 06-03-2016, 06:15 PM   #23
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One can't angle the electric versions for rain run-off?
They can angle a bit, but will 'dump' when an excess of water builds up, basically just bend down a bit.
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Old 06-03-2016, 07:34 PM   #24
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They can angle a bit, but will 'dump' when an excess of water builds up, basically just bend down a bit.
So they can pull themselves in if the wind is too gusty and they can tilt too? I wonder how many degrees it can tilt electrically? I would think that would take a second motor?

Or just the weight would dump it and spring back up?
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So they can pull themselves in if the wind is too gusty and they can tilt too? I wonder how many degrees it can tilt electrically? I would think that would take a second motor?

Or just the weight would dump it and spring back up?
You are mostly right. They do automatically retract in strong winds. The tilt is only manually adjustable, and is not something you can result adjust.

And yes, the weight is what causes the awning to dump.
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One needs to remember to stay away from the dump side to avoid being surprised, I was surprised one morning with my Lance auto dump awning.........
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One needs to remember to stay away from the dump side to avoid being surprised, I was surprised one morning with my Lance auto dump awning.........
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What are you referring to as far as adjustment after deploying, Greg? It goes in and out, that is about the only adjustment. You can adjust the pitch some too, but that is not something you would do regularly in the field.
Referring to normal awning adjustment in the field as the angle of the sun changes or wind situations exist or occur. A normal deployment for us would involve changing the slope after deployment anywhere from 5 degrees to 30 degrees and tilting front or rear corners to allow for wind conditions as they arise up to a 30+ degree down angle on the windward corner. Many of the awning deployments in the pics from Osoyoos showed awnings adjusted to all kinds of angles and detents. Field conditions require awning adjustments with all those angles sometimes throughout the day in order to get full benefit from an awning. The current awnings do all of this, but have not seen these capabilities in the new awning. I'm hopeful the awning change will allow a full range of motion in awning adjustments after deployment and not just straight out and straight in.
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Does anyone know what model the manual option would be? Would it be similar to the electric one with no side arms, or more like the ones used in previous models.

I did also notice with the electric Carefree awning that you can't manually extend it, only retract it. Glad I got solar - hopefully I'll never have a dead battery. After 12 years with an Aliner, an awning is one of the things I look forward to most (and not having the fridge at floor level!).
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