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Old 02-15-2013, 10:13 PM   #1
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Looking foropinions, if you were buying a new RV would you get anelectricawning or not and why. Camper will not be parked for more then a week at a time. Looking for some advice, never camped in an RV before and buying new. Buying a Zinger 28BH, if anyone has one are yousatisfiedwith it or have you had any problems. TKS.
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Old 02-15-2013, 11:46 PM   #2
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We have an electric awning on our current unit and I do like it. So far we have not had any issues with it. With the larger/taller units it is almost a necessity. Our previous trailer had a manual awning and putting it up and taking it down was never an issue. It only takes a few minutes for either procedure. An electric awning on a Zinger is not necessary and would, in my opinion, be more for convenience than a necessity. Just depends on whether you want to just push a button and the awning rolls out or take a few minutes and set it up manually.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:20 AM   #3
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We have had both types and currently have an electric awning. I like the convenience, but they are not as robust in windy conditions. You can tie them down as long as you don't have the wind sensor that automatically closes them in high winds. If we extend ours during the day we generally close it at nite before we go to bed, unless we have it tied down and weather isn't forecast for high winds.
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Old 02-16-2013, 12:46 AM   #4
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We have had a manual one on previous units and I loved the fact you could lower one end only if it was raining or lower it more if it was getting windy. My DH could close it himselft, but I had problems if you had to close it quickly. On this unit it is electric and it is very nice just to push a button and it is out or in.
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Old 02-16-2013, 01:32 AM   #5
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We have had both types and now really enjoy the
convenience of the electric awning. The manual awning required finding the long
hook, unlocking, unrolling, adjusting and locking each arm, now all that has been
replaced with the push of a button. We could lock the arms of the auto awning but
haven’t yet. The manual unit would also hang up if we were not parked perfectly
level. I never did trust the locking mechanism that keeps the manual awning
from unrolling when traveling. We have seen several flapping in the wind as
their owners were heading down the highway. I don’t believe either type will
hold up if it becomes winding at camp although we see plenty of awnings extended
and tied down for the entire summer. We only extend ours when we are close by
or to dry it out after a raining day.

We did finally get a large soda bottle and cut the bottom
out and slit the side to fit over the forward end of the awning </span>so that the wind and water while traveling aren’t
attempting to unroll the awning. We noticed at the RV show this winter that
some of the awnings were now constructed with a wind/ water shield for this purpose.

I was just reading a post requesting opinions concerning
the purchase of a new RV and it got me to thinking about forums and human
behavior. It would be interesting to survey all of folks that own a particular
RV about their satisfaction. I know that I come to the forums when we have a
problem. I would suspect that it looks like some RV’s are junk when very
possibly there are plenty of folks that have had no problem with their unit.
There may also be folks that take their RV’s down roads that we would never
travel. We have seen plenty of rentals traveling roads that I hate to take with
our 4x4.

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Old 02-16-2013, 01:38 AM   #6
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[QUOTE=Kamper Dave]

We did finally get a large soda bottle and cut the bottom
out and slit the side to fit over the forward end of the awning so that the wind and water while traveling aren’t
attempting to unroll the awning. We noticed at the RV show this winter that
some of the awnings were now constructed with a wind/ water shield for this purpose.

Good idea about the soda bottle. I am going to try this.

I have a manual awning. My telescoping hook did fall apart once while camping. The pin holding the hook on the end fell out. Luckily I had some odds and ends in my tool box and was able to temporarily fix it. Found the pin later lying in the storage compartment. Since I put the pin back in it's been fine. Have no experience with electric awning.Edited by: BourbonRam
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Old 02-16-2013, 02:01 AM   #7
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Quote:
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Good idea about the soda bottle. I am going to try this.

Now you have me thinking that a plastic Bourbon bottle may have worked better. I am telling the wife that I need a big bottle of Knob Creek. Thank You!!

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Old 02-16-2013, 02:06 AM   #8
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Think that comes in a glass bottle. Enjoy it anyway.
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Old 02-21-2013, 03:52 AM   #9
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I've got a 28BH and love it.

We have the electric awning, and would never go back to manual. You can still drop one end to allow water to flow off of it.
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We have always had manual awnings but when we purchased our new Zinger 33FK we checked and the awning is power but has the option of allowing us to manually lower one of the ends to allow rain to runs off as required. This is an option you may consider.
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