I am picking up my Jayco Eagle this coming Saturday. It comes with a Carefree of Colorado electric awning. I heard someone say that these awnings have plastic gears that strip out. Another person said that the awning cannot tilt to one side (in case of rain).
I can not address electric awning issues, but, I can say that I have been very pleased with my Jayco's quality. I have used mine since the fall of 2004 for 5 weeks in both the fall and spring, so since it has been in service, it has provided 35 weeks/245 days of carefree camping with only TLC maintenance. I will hopefully reaffirm my confidence in six weeks during my 2008 spring trip.
Good luck, I hope the electric awning works out well for you !
2005 Jayco Eagle 322 FKS
1981 Airstream 31'Excella II (Rehab-Project)
2004 King Ranch F-250 PSD
We camped in our 2008 Jayco over 50 days between June & November & never had an issue with the electric awning. The rain periodically dumps off of the side. It is simple to open & close. I spent 8 days in OBX & must have had the awning in & out 15 - 20 times each day during some severe storms. So far it is holding up well.
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2002 Itasca Sundancer 27P
2002 Yukon XL SLT with Timbrens
2008 Jay Feather 31V
Not wanting to hijack this thread, but if I may ask? What model Jayco are you getting? Reason being, we were at an RV show this past weekend and really liked the Jayco Eagle 313RKS. Had a floor plan that the DW really liked and I was impressed with the quality thru out. I thought the electric awning would be really handy to have especially after some of the storms we went thru last summer. Might be able to get the awning up before I get soaked like I have in the past. Anything in particular that made you choose the Jayco Eagle?
2001 was a good year!
2001 Ford F250 Super Duty SC, V10
2001 Prowler 26H
Flybaby 3 - As noted in my "signature" we are getting the Eagle 314BHDS. Looking at various bunk models, our kids liked the ones with the second slide in the back for the bunk area. I have heard good reviews here on the forum and elsewhere about the quality of Jayco TT's. Also liked the 2 year warranty, and we have a local Jayco dealer that is about 10 minutes away. We were initially looking at aluminum sided TT's, and also some fiberglass ultralights, but for a few thousand dollars extra, we thought the Eagle was worth it for the fibergalss exterior and numerous other upgrades.
Congratulations and welcome to the Jayco fan club! As mentioned, the Electric awning is self dumping, and the awning is called a "steep pitch" awning, which means rain runs off pretty much without puddling up anyway! And the gears are nylon worm gears, and this allows no awning "billowing", as well as cheap replacement if needed at $12.00 a set...assuming that Carefree wouldn't replace them for free (great customer service!). And it opens fully in 12 seconds, closes in the same time! Have fun in your new Jayco, we're on our 7th so far!
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I have the 314 BHDS as well. Just got it last September and we love it! The electric awning is great. On the 314BHDS it is steep pitched and the rain will not collect, just runs right off. I hope you enjoy your new Eagle as much as we have!