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Old 11-27-2018, 12:00 AM   #1
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Awning purchase?

What brand awnings are you guys using? Full manual or electric? What sizes and prices? I'm looking for 14'-16' footers. I want to put 2 on each side of my bus.
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Old 11-27-2018, 05:31 AM   #2
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I suspect you will get every possible answer. I do not currently have any on my coach as I want Girard awnings that mount on the roof line and that hasn't worked it's way into my budget yet. Regardless... I've had both manual and electric awnings on previous RV's I've owned. In my opinion, the electric was wonderful. I loved NOT having to go outside when I needed to retract it - just stand inside and push a button. Automatically retracting when the wind kicks up can also be a nice feature. Obviously, this automation adds cost, complexity, and failure modes.
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Old 11-27-2018, 05:40 AM   #3
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I don't care for RV awnings and went with a simpler approach. I bought a good quality tarp and permanently mounted two hooks for each end and magnetic hooks down the side. Easy to setup and easy to put away.
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Old 11-27-2018, 08:50 AM   #4
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The only well made brand I have found who makes an awning small enough for my needs is a company named Fiamma. I have seen them in person and they appear to have much better construction than any of the other makers I have encountered.

My plan is to use their little 7 foot "F35" model which is made to go on 4 x 4 rigs. Also like the arrangement with the support poles attaching to the side of the rig rather than the ground. Makes it easy to adjust the whole rig to the angle of the sun without having to take anything down then putting it back up. Been there, done that.
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Old 11-27-2018, 10:03 AM   #5
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I like dometic manual awnings and the make a hardware set that is curved @ the top so the roller is up on curve of bus vs being hanging off the side that is what I am planning on doing
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