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Old 08-17-2014, 05:55 PM   #31
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... only thing that I can't do is use deflappers.
My friend said he has deflappers and they don't work! His wife still flaps her mouth!
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Old 08-17-2014, 09:08 PM   #32
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I have found that as I age that I 'flap' more, would these work for me?
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:16 PM   #33
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I have a 2012 197. I'm not sure what brand power awning I have, but it is adjustable for height at either end. I'm not sure why it would have to be retracted when it rains??? Unless it was a torrential downpour maybe??

I had a manual on our 2008 197, and I know now that I wouldn't take a manual as a gift. I haven't looked at other awnings, but this one seems quite sturdy. Trailer came with it.
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Old 08-18-2014, 01:39 AM   #34
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Research shows . . . .

Thanks to all who contributed. According to our dealer, the 2015 power awning is adjustable so that the awning can be tilted in order to allow rain to drain from it. Since what seems to be the biggest complaint about power awnings has now been resolved, we are tilting (no pun intended) back to the power awning.

But as for most things, however, this seems to be a matter of personal choice and we all have different criteria. As for the deflappers . . . well, that was the most fun of all and (for now) I won't worry about them.

Thanks!
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Old 08-18-2014, 07:26 AM   #35
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But unless it can get securely anchored to the ground you may have to retract it when you leave for the day and retire for the night as a wind event could come up at any time. Since storage is very limited on smaller trailers I keep a lot of stuff under the awning that I would hate to pack away every night.

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Old 08-18-2014, 08:19 AM   #36
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On our 2014 we can tilt either end downward. I like the electric and I open when we get to the campground and don't close it until our trip is over. We had one trip where it rained heavily the 1st evening. We sat out under it and had no issues.
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The risk of damage is from gusty wind, not rain as long as the awning is properly lowered and tilted to one side. Manual units may be more secure if teathered to the ground but are still subject to damage from high winds and or accumulation of rain on a sagging awning.

Camper awnings, manual or powered, do not have the same level of design for outdoor use as do most other outdoor RV equipment. I stand on my original post that you are more likely to use your power awning because of its easy opening and closing at the push of a button. I will challenge anyone who says they can open or close a manual awning in even 2X or 3X of the time I can operate my power awning. You won't have the stakes out of the ground by the time my awning is secure against the side of the TT.
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The risk of damage is from gusty wind, not rain as long as the awning is properly lowered and tilted to one side. Manual units may be more secure if teathered to the ground but are still subject to damage from high winds and or accumulation of rain on a sagging awning.

Camper awnings, manual or powered, do not have the same level of design for outdoor use as do most other outdoor RV equipment. I stand on my original post that you are more likely to use your power awning because of its easy opening and closing at the push of a button. I will challenge anyone who says they can open or close a manual awning in even 2X or 3X of the time I can operate my power awning. You won't have the stakes out of the ground by the time my awning is secure against the side of the TT.
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Even if you could stow your manual awning as quickly as I can my power awning (which I find very hard to believe), you can't do it from the comfort of being inside, holding a hot cup of coffee. My power awning is fully pitch adjustable and capable of being tethered to the ground if I ever wanted it to be.

Under the awning or not, everything that stays outside is fully capable of being rained on, and is always stowed in preparation for a storm, however rare they are around here...
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Old 08-18-2014, 09:01 AM   #39
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The risk of damage is from gusty wind, not rain as long as the awning is properly lowered and tilted to one side. Manual units may be more secure if teathered to the ground but are still subject to damage from high winds and or accumulation of rain on a sagging awning.

Camper awnings, manual or powered, do not have the same level of design for outdoor use as do most other outdoor RV equipment. I stand on my original post that you are more likely to use your power awning because of its easy opening and closing at the push of a button. I will challenge anyone who says they can open or close a manual awning in even 2X or 3X of the time I can operate my power awning. You won't have the stakes out of the ground by the time my awning is secure against the side of the TT.
Where do you want to meet? Besides since I am camping the extra 2 minutes it might take me to set up my awning will not matter too much. I stand by my opinion that a well secured awning with a gradual tilt will survive most if not all wind and rain events. I have no interest in ever retracting my awning after I set up and haven't had to in my 36 nights so far this year.
Another "point" ,pun intended is the side arms on the new electric units have a low point where the arms hinge that I have seen people have had to hang streamers from to avoid a head collision. I am tall and do not like smashing my head while camping. No worries with my manual awning.
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The risk of damage is from gusty wind, not rain as long as the awning is properly lowered and tilted to one side. Manual units may be more secure if teathered to the ground but are still subject to damage from high winds and or accumulation of rain on a sagging awning.

Camper awnings, manual or powered, do not have the same level of design for outdoor use as do most other outdoor RV equipment. I stand on my original post that you are more likely to use your power awning because of its easy opening and closing at the push of a button. I will challenge anyone who says they can open or close a manual awning in even 2X or 3X of the time I can operate my power awning. You won't have the stakes out of the ground by the time my awning is secure against the side of the TT.
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I totally agree. I've had 3X as many manual awnings as power awnings, but I will only have a power awning since my first one 7 years ago. I had a lot of practice setting up a manual awning over the 17 years that I had manual awnings and I can say that it takes considerably more time to set up a manual awning. This is especially true when compared to the power awning in my new White Hawk.

Even when I'm at a campground for 1 or 2 weeks, I want to stow the awning when high winds are forecast. Sometimes there are overhanging trees and it doesn't matter how well any awning is secured, a falling tree branch will rip the awning material. I remember one time that I had the awning tied to the ground and we had a bad storm in the middle of the night. The trailer was shaking and the awning was making all kinds of noise. I got soaked storing that awning. I'd rather stow it before the storm comes then have to be outside if it is worse than expected. With winds and rain, the ground will be wet with the awning out or in.
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