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tmprkswyo

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These reasons are exactley why I ordered my trailer with a manual awning. The convenience of the electric may be nice, but if you are that limited from wind conditions, I'll take the manual awning any day. I have never thought it was a big deal to deploy or roll up the manual awning anyway.

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I also have a carefree model.
If I remember what I read correctly,(and I am interpreting what you are saying correctly) it is supposed to bring the arm in like that when the wind picks up. It is sort of a strain relief to deal with the occasional rogue gust and rain. It is designed to do that rather than tear itself apart. In anything above and beyond the occasional gust, I retract mine. And if I leave it open when I leave the site, I know I am taking a pretty big risk (no matter what the forecast is) The biggest thing you can do to help it, is make sure you keep the gas cylinders clean and the entire arm assembly lubricated per the manual.

As they say, you will not find any awning manufacturer offering a warranty for wind damage. That's what insurance is for.

That being said, I would rather have a manual one.... less complicated and easier to maintain...... esp for a job that is very quick and easy in the first place.


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There are two different scissor arm actions. One brand it pushes the awning straight out and the other let it out so it drops giving you a little angle. Mine goes straight out and I hate it. I have to be sure to put it in if it looks like its going to rain, as it just forms a big lake. If I were to buy a new unit now I think I would opt for the old manual type because it has lots more felxablity


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Some electrics only go straight out with zero pitch. i think that is really wrong but then those are on light models and if they pitched you would have to duck to get under it.
Our new one is adjustable and you can lower either arm and still roll it up. I will tie down at times. also I have seen some folks roll their sun screen into their awning at times but not for travel


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With our electric awning I made a set of support poles that I place at each end of the awning roller, and then use a regular awning tie down kit. The support poles prevent any pressure on the awning mounts on the side of the trl or any pull on the awning fabric its self where its attached to the side of the trl. We've has winds that have damaged other awnings and ours just bounceds a little but stays great. Also our awning is 20' long and extends 8' out from the trl so it's not some small awning.

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zackyboy3rs wrote:

We have an electic awing on our 2010 Jayco and yesterday the wind was blowning about 10-15 mph and a slight gust caused one of the arms to fly in. I was afraid something had been bent out of place but so far it seems to be ok. I called the dealership and asked if it could be tied down and they said not to do it. So as I see it now we have an awning that can only be used in "perfect" weather.

Who has one and has experienced this type of problem? Also, since it extends straight out there is no adjustment for when it rains and water stands on the awning. Just seems to be pretty useless.


Should be some knobs on both sides that should be loosened so the auto-tilting feature will work. This allows the awning to slide in and out of the track freely. Plus you should be able to pull down on one side or another, (grabbing the support arm and moving it towards the TT) and tighten said knobs to keep it tilted in the advent of rain.


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tmprkswyo wrote:

These reasons are exactley why I ordered my trailer with a manual awning. The convenience of the electric may be nice, but if you are that limited from wind conditions, I'll take the manual awning any day. I have never thought it was a big deal to deploy or roll up the manual awning anyway.


Not all electric awnings are created equally.

Ours (same as below) has shocks so the awning can dump water when it gets heavy. I also have the option to lock it into place if I chose to pitch it. There is no auto-retract or wind sensor built into it so I have added the tie down straps if we are staying in an open area. Normally we are in the woods where the trees take the hit of the wind so we don't have to worry.




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We just roll it in when the winds kick up. That's the blessing of having an electric awning. With the simple push of a switch, it's in. Another push and it's out. It's great.

When we had a manual awning, we used deflappers. When the wind kicked up, it took forever to roll it in. It was almost always a two person job, too.

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I have the same awning pictured above. I tie it down all the time, the only time I retract it is during predicted high winds. I did the same with my fixed awning. I have never had an issue. Even if I need to retract it in a hurry it's just a matter of loosening the pitch knobs and pulling down gentally until I can unhook the tie downs then push and hold the retract button at the safest moment.


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Bowhunter2819 wrote:

I have the same awning pictured above. I tie it down all the time, the only time I retract it is during predicted high winds. I did the same with my fixed awning. I have never had an issue. Even if I need to retract it in a hurry it's just a matter of loosening the pitch knobs and pulling down gentally until I can unhook the tie downs then push and hold the retract button at the safest moment.


Same awning, same thing.


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