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Old 03-22-2011, 10:37 AM   #51
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I have the pitched electric awning... went to retract it because of an incoming storm.. could hear the motor whirring but nothing happened...awning would not retract... had to get a couple of guys to help me manually roll up the awning.... it unrolled in the storm as there was no tension on the tube.... ripped the awning... No dealers near here... called carefree they sent me to someone that had not been a dealer in 5 years... and he was not interested in looking at it..
had to pull the fabric off the roller and zip tie the frame to the RV body... Can you say not very happy?...... I wish I had my old manual one back...
Wow! Did this just happen? I don't know about Don, but I would be LIVID!

For those who haven't see this link yet, this was posted somewhere in the forum, but here is a link to Carefree and includes directions on how to bring in the awning manually (page 5 I think).
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Old 03-24-2011, 01:56 AM   #52
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Seann, that is what I worry about too. A guy in the park last year had his electric awning tied down and the wind bent the arms to the point that he had to replace them.
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Wow! Did this just happen? I don't know about Don, but I would be LIVID!

For those who haven't see this link yet, this was posted somewhere in the forum, but here is a link to Carefree and includes directions on how to bring in the awning manually (page 5 I think).
Yes it just happened... for my money the electric awnings are junk,crap and not worth the hassle. I did not want the electric awning to start with... but was told if I factory ordered and they put it on anyway I would be stuck with it.. its the only part of my Jayco that I HATE..!!!!
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Wow! Did this just happen? I don't know about Don, but I would be LIVID!

For those who haven't see this link yet, this was posted somewhere in the forum, but here is a link to Carefree and includes directions on how to bring in the awning manually (page 5 I think).
OH yes the manual retract.. where you hook a power plug to the awning... dont work when the gear inside is shattered.... we hand rolled it up... first wind that came along blew it open again... we had to take the fabric off and zip tie the arms in the up position.... STAY AWAY FROM THIS JUNK... and twice now I have talked to Carefree THEIR CUSTOMER SERVICE IS LAUGHABLE. Should be called customer LACK of service.
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I bought used, so my Jayco came with the Carefree manual Y2K compatable awning. If I had bought new, I would have insisted that the dealer remove the electric awning and install a traditional manual one. And I would have insisted on a CREDIT for the difference in price.

A friend of mine has an electric one and HATES it...told me to steer clear of them. I really didn't need his advice as a visual inspection of them was all the evidence I needed.
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We have a 2011 330 RETS and it's electric awning you can change the pitch.
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I think my Mom is looking at buying a bit smaller trailer now that Dad has passed. I usually tow it and set it up for her, but she hates the fact that if a storm were to come up, she can't do the awning. So if/when she does get another camper, one of the requirements will be that it has an electric awning like ours. I've been pretty happy with ours, wish it could take a bit more wind like the old manual ones, but otherwise, pretty happy. We wil camp at the county fair for 10 days starting next week. The awnings usually get a work out that week. Have to have them out because it is so hot, but usually 2 or 3 storms with a lot of wind that require even manual awnings to be rolled up.
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For about $300 you can install a sensor made by carefree that will roll up your awning automatically during high winds. I had one installed on mine and it worked as advertised yesterday during a passing thunderstorm. Something to consider.
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I just got my electric awning when I purchased my 2011 29bhs at the beginning of the year. Works great and has an adjustable pitch. First time out for a weekend camp we got rain and the pitch works great. You just push the button in and move it down a couple notches on the end where you want the low point. You can retract it pitched as well as long as you do not exceed a 3 hole difference.

My only concern is if the wind catches it while I am out. I bought 2 awning tie down cords at walmart for $15. The screw into the ground and temporarily attach to the awning. They are easy to take down if you want to roll it in.

Pushing a button is sweet when you roll into the campground. Takes about 15 seconds and you are good to go!
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The OP for this thread was posted originally in August 2009. It seems that the same late model tt is now equipped with the adjustable pitch awning. Due to "dated" info, this thread will now be closed.

Please feel free start another thread with any new concerns regarding electric awnings. Thanks to all members who contributed your experience regarding this topic as well as to all who read and benefitted from it!

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