Thanks for the input. I see there are pro's and con's to each.
If I went with the power model those words from my DW will ring in my ears everytime I put the awning out "I told you so". Given that and the input from everyone I will go with the Dometic 8500 which I am told has improved over the years. cheers for the input -
"Redesigned manual-operation patio awning now offers beautiful, contemporary hardware styling and features usually found on costlier automatic or semi-automatic awnings. New piston-action automatic rain dump drains pooling water before it damages fabric".
We are in the process of buying a new awning. Camping world have quite a selection. My suggestion would be go with the power awning if there is not much difference in price from the Manual type. DW says a power awning is another electronic item that can go wrong.
Dometic 9100 power awning + harwdare = $1069.
Dometic 8500 manual awning + hardware = $1,037. this is what we have.
Carefree Fiesta manual awning + hardware = $970.
Dometic Sunchaser manual awning + hardware = $901.
I would add the cost to have them install whichever one we go with.
Given the choice would it be best to go with the power awning or am I setting myself up for problems and "I told you so" from DW if something went wrong. I never had problems using a manual awning.
Any thoughts does anyone have the 9100 power awning. cheers