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Old 02-13-2012, 04:52 PM   #11
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You can't change the slope on mine, it will tilt automatically if water pools in it. We have the same emotions about it as others. Like the convenience, but never leave it extended when away and bring it in all but 3 ft if the wind is blowing during rain.

It is a fragile little bugger and I have had several panics when a gust would come up. Easy to get in though. We have stopped hanging stuff on the awning and my head thanks me all the time, No more cracked noggin on the rails.
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Old 02-13-2012, 05:10 PM   #12
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You can't change the slope on mine, it will tilt automatically if water pools in it. We have the same emotions about it as others. Like the convenience, but never leave it extended when away and bring it in all but 3 ft if the wind is blowing during rain.

It is a fragile little bugger and I have had several panics when a gust would come up. Easy to get in though. We have stopped hanging stuff on the awning and my head thanks me all the time, No more cracked noggin on the rails.
Both of my electrics have had the auto-dump feature but only one had the ability to tilt the angle of the awning. The auto-dump feature was inoperative on the TT awning when I had it sloped by the adjustable arms according to the manual that came with that particular awning.
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Old 02-28-2012, 11:07 PM   #13
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I have the electric one and it has the auto dump rain feature that allows the awning to tilt down to drain. I can also adjust the angle if needed. Our dealer also recommended to retract it slightly to take out the slack
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Old 02-29-2012, 08:39 AM   #14
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In terms of the wind it really doesn't matter if it is manual or electric as you should't leave it to flap in the breeze as damage will occur no matter which type. My last manual awning flipped over as the wind picked up while out fishing so I don't beleive a true statement can be made that only electric awnings are affected by wind. Like anything else, if a bit of care is taken the electric should serve you well.

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Old 02-29-2012, 10:46 AM   #15
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Having never had a electric awning we had mixed emotions about it. My wife loved it right off because it was something she could do easily. I was worried that it would be toast first time we had a blow.

After being on the road for a few weeks in all kinds of weather, We both like it more and more. At night, I bring it in enough that the dew does not get on the steps. It is so easy to open and close that I prefer it now and was mixed before.

No more lights and junk hanging off the awning.
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Can you tilt an electric awning to allow rain to run off?
You dont need to they auto dump
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Old 02-29-2012, 12:13 PM   #17
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First outing in my 5er in 2008, we had light rain...after a while the awning went into dump mode and I first thought it had ripped. Talk about a surprise. Used the rest of the wet day reading up on all my owners manuals looking for other unknown surprises that may await us.
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Old 02-29-2012, 02:21 PM   #18
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My 2 cents: Only have owned 1 camper, has an electric awning, with the auto-dump. Could not adjust the angle. The way it's constructed, I banged my head on the arms plenty. So I started hanging something as a reminder when I was walking by. When I tried to roll up the awning in a hurry, and forgot what was hanging, I nearly broke the gears (fortunately realized what was happening).

My local Jayco dealer has informed me that for new models, Jayco is going away from the non-adjustable electric units and going with an adjustable electric version. So I'm hoping my new 314 BDS relieves me of cracking my head
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Old 03-08-2012, 07:44 PM   #19
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SDV1975 -I just picked up my 314BDS. I have not used it yet, but I think the awning is the adjustable electric version. The electric part puts it in and out and there are height adjustment selections on each side pole.
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Has anyone ever actually had to use a drill battery etc on the emergency contacts to retract the awning?
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