Originally Posted by Greg A
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.
Gotcha. Because of it's inherant wind protection that aspect for change of slope would not be needed, nor for shedding rain. But, if you want to dip it for further sun protection, then there is no way to do that.
Even when doing the pitch adjustment the instructions state to make sure both arms are on the same plane, so definitely no dipped corners.
For us, almost always our awning is set up with the initial trailer setup upon getting to the site, and taken down when packing up. Other than camping in Osoyoos, wind has never been an issue for us with many 100's of nights of use. We do always adjust the pitch away from the door steeper to allow water to easily drain in heavy downpour.
After seeing and playing with the Dometic brand of this type of awning, I am certainly stoked to give one a whirl. It should meet our needs 95% of the time, it looks way better, and operates simply and easily. How many folks have had issues learning (and relearning) how to properly deploy and close up their conventional awning? Heck, I bet my wife would have trouble with it still, after 25 years of having one. This will not be an issue with this type, as it is simply just the push of a button.
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