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Old 07-25-2017, 03:40 PM   #1
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Electric Awning

Last one- well, maybe....

I'm not big on electric anything if there is a manual option. Did any of you opt out of the electric awning? Glad you did?

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Old 07-25-2017, 03:44 PM   #2
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Last one- well, maybe....

I'm not big on electric anything if there is a manual option. Did any of you opt out of the electric awning? Glad you did?

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Here you go....yes on the opt out....and yes on glad I did for various reasons. Feel free to PM me with any questions. Happy to help.

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Old 07-25-2017, 03:44 PM   #3
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For folks who have the electric, I wonder if there is awning manual kit folks can bolt on the end there behind the plastic cover.
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There is a manual override in case of power failure if that is what you are asking. Other wise the manual awning option has support poles that attach to the sides.
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Here you go....yes on the opt out....and yes on glad I did for various reasons. Feel free to PM me with any questions. Happy to help.

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I opted for manual. Seemed more stable/strong against the elements, from threads I'd read.
...and ironically, the week I finalized my build sheet, two friends (unaffiliated with each other) had issues with electronic awnings getting stuck in open position, and ensuing annoyances despite manual overrides.

ALSO figured fewer electronics are generally a good idea, unless undoable/unreasonable (albeit: on personal spectrum) manually. (....coming from a hospital informatics person and Apple fan.)

Will know more re whether a happy choice in a couple weeks
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Old 07-26-2017, 08:19 AM   #6
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I must say having the electric is one of the things I really like about the current offering. It is so nice to be able to bring it in and out as we wish. My wife actually operates it more than I do, and hated doing the manual thing. With solar, we have never found power consumption to be an issue.
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As with Jim, Mary now opens the awning often and we seem to use it much more often than we did with the manual model. The auto retract worked flawlessly for us at the rally when wind gusts suddenly picked up.
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Old 07-26-2017, 09:31 AM   #8
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I think once I recognized that the electric awning is not a cure all and care is needed during rain I am becoming more relaxed over the whole issue. I think any talk of an automatic dump feature was premature and leads to damage if depended on. I know am focusing on the ease of use. My firsr week of use I got caught in snow at 3am in Lassen Volcanic park. I made the mistake of having it extended and caught it in time before catastrophic failure but it still froze open with 3 ft extending out. Had to wait for warming rays of the sun before it would go back in.
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