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Posted: 07/13/12 03:37pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I converted my manual awning to the Eclipse arm system using my existing roller and awning material. They have a conversion kit to do that. I think it was about $1200.00 5 years ago. Got it from PPL.

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HappyTrails2U2 wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

I could not and will not ever have a power awning. it is so simple to pull out a manual awning and pitch it so the rain runs off, that a power awning with a so-called "Rain Dump" seems unecessary and a waste of $$$.


This manual vs power awning BS gets old...I wouldn't have an Excursion as a tow vehicle either but who cares?


I do! And obviously many other people do too!


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At least you have the version that is adjustable. My 09 Spree has the power awning, but it's not adjustable. Carefree didn't come out with that version until after I bought my TT. The really bad part is Carefree won't offer you any discount to upgrade to the adjustable version. The non-adjustable version was just a poor design that was rushed to market.


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camsa5 wrote:

I have the power awning and simply tilt one side when it rains for constant water run-off. Been doing this for 2 years now without a problem even in really heavy windless down pours. If strong winds start, it takes me a push of a button and 12 seconds to bring the awning in. If I recall, it took me 48 seconds longer to fully retract my manual one. I actually prefer my electric over the manual. I guess that's just me.


x2. Our A&E power awning rain dump works fine, but I usually pull one arm in and latch it to let it drain off as the mfg shows in the manual. Much easier to extend/retract, no bumping my head. Downside of the rain dump is that it DUMPS!! After 2 years, plenty of rain in the PNW and wind, I'm convinced electric is the way to go.


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Our TT has an adjustable electric awning that we LOVE. At 2am, when everyone is running outside in their pj's to hurry up and pull in their manual awnings, I'm at the foot of my bed reaching for the button to pull it in.

BTW, I don't think it would be very hard to find a picture of each and every type of awning torn loose from a trailer. The debate of which is better in a storm is going to go round and round more times than the twister itself.


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Posted: 07/13/12 07:54pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

HappyTrails2U2 wrote:

dodge guy wrote:

I could not and will not ever have a power awning. it is so simple to pull out a manual awning and pitch it so the rain runs off, that a power awning with a so-called "Rain Dump" seems unecessary and a waste of $$$.


This manual vs power awning BS gets old...I wouldn't have an Excursion as a tow vehicle either but who cares?


I am sure plenty of newbies care, and wouldn't know the differences if there were not these types of debates. This is clearly a thread about an electric awning, and if you know the type of debate that will ensue, and not something you care about, then don't open up the thread.

Many newcomers would have no clue of these differences if they didn't happen onto some of these threads.

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S.K.,

See my post at the top of page 5.

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Exocet wrote:

At least you have the version that is adjustable. My 09 Spree has the power awning, but it's not adjustable. Carefree didn't come out with that version until after I bought my TT. The really bad part is Carefree won't offer you any discount to upgrade to the adjustable version. The non-adjustable version was just a poor design that was rushed to market.

Mine too. I have called Carefree and got the same answer as well. They do have a conversion kit but it is very costly, and, yes, no discount for those of us who happened to get the poor-designed, non-adjustable, what might be considered as a "beta" version on our new TT.

I saw the problem with the non-adjustable awning the very first day after taking possession of the new TT. I highly doubt whether the original designer had done any actual camping himself at all. My dealer had tried to bat for me and talked to Jayco asking for their help but at no avail also.

Has anyone actually done the conversion? How much did it cost you?


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Yup the best awning in a storm is the one that's retracted against the RV. Power or manual. Most rv's that I see with awning extended has some sort of lights attached to them. Even power ones. Lol. Hard to put any awning in fast with a bunch of mess hanging off of it. Lol

I just had a thought.

We are talking about manual ve electric awnings.

I remember being a tent camper and looking at any rv'er wishing I was in one of them fancy rv's, under an awning or in the ac lol.

Just mildly amusing to me.

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Posted: 07/13/12 10:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mister_d wrote:

Our TT has an adjustable electric awning that we LOVE. At 2am, when everyone is running outside in their pj's to hurry up and pull in their manual awnings, I'm at the foot of my bed reaching for the button to pull it in.

BTW, I don't think it would be very hard to find a picture of each and every type of awning torn loose from a trailer. The debate of which is better in a storm is going to go round and round more times than the twister itself.


It's really a matter of preference. While I prefer a manual, I can see why some would prefer electric. It's nice they have different kinds though for all uses.

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