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 > Carefree Eclipse Upgrade OR Lippert 18 Volt Universal Kit??

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My Bay Star as a Dometic manual awning and I am considering either upgrading the awning to electric, or replace it entirely with a new electric awning. I have experience with both manual and electric awnings and pretty well know the pros and cons of both, so I'd rather not start a conversation about which is better.......

I am still looking for comments, reviews, or experiences with either of these products which are designed to convert existing manual awnings to an electric awning. With either kit, the actual task of replacing the existing arms is pretty straightforward and there may be some screw holes left from the original awning that may be covered by the new hardware....or not.

The Lippert kit is less expensive and doesn't require running a circuit and installing a switch inside the motorhome. But, that means you have to be outside to activate the switch located on the right awning arm assembly....not always a convenient thing in foul weather!!

With the Carefree Eclipse kit, you have to run a separate circuit and route a switch to the interior.

This isn't a job I'm going to tackle, so I will have it done by a shop. At this point, the most difficult part of estimating a total cost is due to the time it may take to run the circuit and route the switch with the Carefree Eclipse.

So....ANY experiences you can share would be greatly appreciated. I've searched the internet and there aren't many reviews of either kit, so I'm hoping that some owners may see this posting and respond.

In advance....many, many thanks![emoticon]


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