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Old 06-04-2016, 06:24 PM   #41
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Tom , sometimes nothing wrong with being left behind . Love simple , less frustration . Pat
Simple is great, but can be defined in oh, so many different ways. Simple can be pushing a button on the new awning, as compared to all the steps required to set up the older style awning. Simple can be going back to a tent with very minimal gear, which is something I still very much love to do. Often while some technologies themselves are not very simple at all, they result in simplifying things in our lives.

I do understand the preferences of many to stick with what they have in the old style awnings, which I too know and understand. But for me, and as previously mentioned, I am liking the idea of simplifying the awning setup and take down.

The bottom line though is to get away and enjoy camping. Our trailers are just a tool to help facilitate this, and what type of awning one has really has little effect on the overall experience we so much enjoy.
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Old 06-04-2016, 07:25 PM   #42
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Simple is great, but can be defined in oh, so many different ways. Simple can be pushing a button on the new awning, as compared to all the steps required to set up the older style awning. Simple can be going back to a tent with very minimal gear, which is something I still very much love to do. Often while some technologies themselves are not very simple at all, they result in simplifying things in our lives.

I do understand the preferences of many to stick with what they have in the old style awnings, which I too know and understand. But for me, and as previously mentioned, I am liking the idea of simplifying the awning setup and take down.

The bottom line though is to get away and enjoy camping. Our trailers are just a tool to help facilitate this, and what type of awning one has really has little effect on the overall experience we so much enjoy.
Least I won't have to bother increasing the tools I bring along adding unnecessary weight to my truck and trailer .And after I open my awning ,not ever have to worry about fixing what I have and just sit and chill , knowing my awning will fold up no problem to leave and go home . Heck I even use a manual can opener still . Pat
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Old 06-04-2016, 10:05 PM   #43
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Tom , sometimes nothing wrong with being left behind . Love simple , less frustration . Pat
It just seems to that most of those complaining about the new style are people that have the old style.
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Old 06-04-2016, 10:20 PM   #44
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What would happen if the spring broke on the old style awning and it would not retract. Seems like it would be worse than having one that had a manual retract option.
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What would happen if the spring broke on the old style awning and it would not retract. Seems like it would be worse than having one that had a manual retract option.
Had trouble with Carefree on my previous RV after 11 years . Purchased what is called from Carefree , "pioneer kit" . Pull the springs out , saved 72 lbs , Installed kit and actually really liked the fix better . Can fix this same awning the same way if ever needed. The springs aren't what you think , they go the whole length in the tube. They didn't break what holds the tension wouldn't hold like it was supposed to. It was worn out . Didn't want to fix so they had another solution . Pat
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Old 06-05-2016, 01:30 AM   #46
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We just visited the factory a couple of days ago and asked the same question. The answer was "no", they will be providing the neutral sand/tan color as their standard awning color.
Pooie! Thanks for asking. Maybe if enough people ask they'll change their minds by the time they get around to making ours. So, those with a 2017 on order, start asking!
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Old 06-05-2016, 07:39 AM   #47
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Anyone remember this thread where we all had issues with the manual awning
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I'm looking forward to the new style.....
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Old 06-05-2016, 10:07 AM   #48
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Jim, you mean any mechanical object can be subject to failure?
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In fact, backing the trailer into my storage canopy I smacked and broke that bottom awning bracket latch twice, had to replace it twice. Taught me a lesson about backing into tight quarters, not to mention, of course, the value of a good box wrench. That was also around the time I began using a bungie cord to secure the awning to the top bracket, lest it ever should unfurl while riding the interstates. I also do buy an occasional lottery ticket because hey, you never know.
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The only thing I'll be missing on the old awning are brackets that were useful for attaching a rope for my dog run I'm easily impressed by the cool factor
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