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Old 12-04-2013, 02:23 PM   #1
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Electric Awning

Has anyone added an electric awning to their trailer? I have a Jayco Swift 184BH and don't like the struts on the awning that came with the standard setup. Other than wiring the unit and running a switch, what else might I need to be aware of. Or, can it even be done on that trailer?
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:36 AM   #2
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They are convenient but HUNKS OF JUNK... they cannot be adjusted one leg lower for when it rains... they break to easy.. I would much rather have a manual... and when my Crappee of Colorado gives up the ghost again I will replace it with a manual one...
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Old 12-05-2013, 11:51 AM   #3
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they cannot be adjusted one leg lower for when it rains...
I don't know about the aftermarket ones, but mine is adjustable for pitch. You just pull down one side and tighten the knob and you're GTG. Also, the struts are designed to dump when/if the awning collects any water, but I just set mine with a pitch to be safe.

If mine ever goes, I will most likely replace with an electric one depending on the situation.
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Old 12-05-2013, 12:07 PM   #4
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We have a Carefree electric awning on our 2012 Eagle and we love it. It has 5 different adjustment holes to adjust pitch on either side, so you can rain dump it on either end. If you lose power there is a way to roll it up via battery hookup. I think when they first came out, a lot of them weren't pitch adjustable, but now, I think most are. I'm sure they make something for your unit as I've seen them as short as 8ft, coming off a port side slide.
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Old 12-05-2013, 01:17 PM   #5
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X2 to Seann. Personally I would have a manual unit in a heartbeat. I hit my head on the framing all the time if I do not hang something from them. When you are out camping find someone with a unit about your size, and height. Then go talk with them about it and walk around it and see if you will hit your head, and look at the light weight construction of it.

The biggest thing you have to do is find out is the wall construction of your Swift. You can call Jayco up with your vin number talk with them about it, request the wall drawings. Then determine if you have wall structures in the correct places.
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The biggest thing you have to do is find out is the wall construction of your Swift. You can call Jayco up with your vin number talk with them about it, request the wall drawings. Then determine if you have wall structures in the correct places.
Amen! I cannot stress this enough.

The electric awnings have different points of weight distribution. We had a customer bring their rig in for wall repairs because the awning literally pulled off the outside skin because it did not have the right bracing. It was not on a Jayco though.. (another dealer installed it... we just fixed the mess).

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Old 12-05-2013, 07:33 PM   #7
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Our electric awning has 5 adjustments for angle. Sallie likes it and I would prefer the old fashion kind so I could put it out and stake it to the ground. Our fabric is starting to go on the edge where it attaches to the trailer. I would like to get one with the metal cover. Shade Pro gave us a bid but they are way out of line on their price.
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When the apocalypse occurs and you have no battery power or shore power or solar power, how will you deploy and furl your electric awning? I will be sitting in the shelter of my good ole' manual awning sipping a glass of iodine water laughing at you.
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I hit my head on the framing all the time if I do not hang something from them.
LOL..... And I thought I was the only one that does that!!!
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LOL..... And I thought I was the only one that does that!!!
X3, I cut my head just last week when I wasn't looking where I was going.
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