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Old 08-16-2014, 10:08 PM   #1
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Power vs. Manual Awnings

We put our order on hold so that we could work our way thru some final issues. We think we want a power awning . . . but can it be stowed manually if for some reason we have no power? While we expect that most of our camp sites will have power, we alsoplan to visit some Nat'l parks were there will be no power and where generator use is severely limited or prohibited.

Thanks for any suggestions or info you can give us.
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:20 PM   #2
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We put our order on hold so that we could work our way thru some final issues. We think we want a power awning . . . but can it be stowed manually if for some reason we have no power? While we expect that most of our camp sites will have power, we alsoplan to visit some Nat'l parks were there will be no power and where generator use is severely limited or prohibited.

Thanks for any suggestions or info you can give us.
Awning uses 12v and does not require shore power. There is also a manual override procedure if the power/motor fails, allowing you to retract it.

We got the power awning because I think you will be likely to use it more often. In all reality you should not leave your awning out if you are going to leave your campsite for more than a short time. Wind gusts will threaten the life of the awning. The same is true for the manual ones but its so much easier and faster to retract the power awning.
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:26 PM   #3
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Awning uses 12v and does not require shore power. There is also a manual override procedure if the power/motor fails, allowing you to retract it.

We got the power awning because I think you will be likely to use it more often. In all reality you should not leave your awning out if you are going to leave your campsite for more than a short time. Wind gusts will threaten the life of the awning. The same is true for the manual ones but its so much easier and faster to retract the power awning.
Perfect! I believe you have answered all our questions, but usually when I say that, someone comes up with an issue that is entirely new to us. This is a great place for learning . . . Thanks.
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:44 AM   #4
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I have a power awning and I know for a fact I use it more than I would a manual one. It is so easy to just push a button.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:27 AM   #5
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Get the manual one. I always put one arm down to the ground to allow walking through and leave the other attached to trailer. I strap them to the ground and have never worried about it with rain and wind. I can actually extend or retract my awning in about the same time a power one will. I keep a lot of stuff under my awning and when it rains have no interest in retracting my awning
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:36 AM   #6
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I love my manual awning for all the reasons nbhybrid stated. Electric pushbutton remote controlled gadgets are simply more things to fail. My manual awning will still work after an EMP event also.
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Old 08-17-2014, 07:59 AM   #7
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I have had both and yes a power one is more convenient but I would rather have my manual awning back.. I can setup and retract my manual faster than you can with a power awning and they are much better for the add-a-room option.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:04 AM   #8
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I'll take my power awning. Procedure for power awning - hold button down for 10 seconds, lock arms (some power don't require arm lock). Procedure for manual awning - get hook from storage compartment, pull awning down, lower arms and lock, put hook away. I don't see how one can set up a manual awning faster than a power one.

Scenario - starts to rain heavily, then winds increase. Procedure for power awning - go out and unlock arms (under awning the entire time), go inside and hold button down for 10 seconds. Procedure for manual awning - go outside and unlock arms, get out of awning protection, hold strap while someone else releases catch with hook or do it yourself with long arms, allow awning to roll up while getting soaked. I've had both and gone through this procedure with both, even in the middle of the night.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:23 AM   #9
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I paid extra for a manual awning. I felt a manual awning was more resistant to wind damage. Also, when I ordered, people were struggling to tie down electric awnings. Perhaps that issue has been solved. Like a previous poster, I'm confident when I tie down my manual awning, it is good for most routine storms.
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Old 08-17-2014, 10:29 AM   #10
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Unlike the "sunshade" power awnings my manual awning doesn't need to be put in during all rain storms and most if not all wind events. Last whopper that came through in Bar Harbor this year had a river running through the campsite but the awning I was under wasn't even rippling.
Plus the rod to pull the strap is tucked away for ever. I just reach up and grab it
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