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Old May 16th, 2014, 08:03 AM   #1
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Question Anyone have a large retractable motorized awning on their home?

On the verge of getting a motorized awning (20x13).
Need to know if they blow or if they are worth the risk.
Reviews I've read online go both ways, but I am also aware people don't know how to take care of shit and that is likely the "real" reason for bad reviews.
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On the verge of getting a motorized awning (20x13).
Need to know if they blow or if they are worth the risk.
Reviews I've read online go both ways, but I am also aware people don't know how to take care of shit and that is likely the "real" reason for bad reviews.
Only thing I know about them is it's a good idea to retract them if you are going to have a fire pit burning on the patio.

That said, one of the guys at work just took his down, the canvas rotted after only 15 years. (His words) His was manual crank open though.
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Default Anyone have a large retractable motorized awning on their home?

My mom just ordered her's. Had one in Florida loved it. She's a long time camper- but old. So I'll see for myself week or so.
By the way her vinyl floor cracked from the cold. Hot water tank broke. I haven't taking it apart but I think it was drained but the relief valve held water and cracked tank too.
RV dealer had 3 floors to repair too!
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My inlaws have a very large one on the back of their house. It works very well as far as the power in and out. The company that installed it were jack asses though (father in law wasn't able to be present) and when they put it up the first time didn't really anchor it into the roof joists and when it was out it began to pull the lag bolts out of the roof. Made them come back and do it correctly and fix the old spots. The roof got re shingled later that year anyway so it covered the fixed holes, it would have looked like shit otherwise. So be sure to be there and to ask the obvious questions.
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My inlaws have a very large one on the back of their house. It works very well as far as the power in and out. The company that installed it were jack asses though (father in law wasn't able to be present) and when they put it up the first time didn't really anchor it into the roof joists and when it was out it began to pull the lag bolts out of the roof. Made them come back and do it correctly and fix the old spots. The roof got re shingled later that year anyway so it covered the fixed holes, it would have looked like shit otherwise. So be sure to be there and to ask the obvious questions.
The obvious question being "Do you know what the fukk you are doing?"
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My mom just ordered her's. Had one in Florida loved it. She's a long time camper- but old. So I'll see for myself week or so.
By the way her vinyl floor cracked from the cold. Hot water tank broke. I haven't taking it apart but I think it was drained but the relief valve held water and cracked tank too.
RV dealer had 3 floors to repair too!
wat?
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Mom isn't able to roll in awning in because of advanced age. So she's getting a power awning. I haven't seen one, when it's installed I will.
The rest was just a comment on the harsh winter.
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Mom isn't able to roll in awning in because of advanced age. So she's getting a power awning. I haven't seen one, when it's installed I will.
The rest was just a comment on the harsh winter.
Ahhh......the shiny object condition
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We have on one of our fire trucks, it works about 10 percent of the time and is always being serviced.
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My mom just ordered her's. Had one in Florida loved it. She's a long time camper- but old. So I'll see for myself week or so.
By the way her vinyl floor cracked from the cold. Hot water tank broke. I haven't taking it apart but I think it was drained but the relief valve held water and cracked tank too.
RV dealer had 3 floors to repair too!
I believe he's asking about the retractable awnings on houses. Not rv's.
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The obvious question being "Do you know what the fukk you are doing?"
Pretty much. Or just look into what they use and how they mount the awning to your very expensive roof. There is a shit load of leverage on the mounts when they are extended.
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We have on one of our fire trucks, it works about 10 percent of the time and is always being serviced.
Well since we're talking about rv's and firetrucks now..... I have one on my motorhome that works really nice. Even has a remote so I can work it while sitting at the fire with a
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Well since we're talking about rv's and firetrucks now..... I have one on my motorhome that works really nice. Even has a remote so I can work it while sitting at the fire with a
You failed to mention that when you bought your RV it wouldn't roll in and your hero Jim had to rewire it for you.......... I don't remember you offering him a though.

I have one on my RV also. It doesn't have as much flashy chrome as Hozer's firetruck but it works well.
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Kickstand needs to install one on his dream pop up.
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After doing some more reading I am ditching the idea of a retractable awning. I'm not spending 5k to end up with an aneurysm because a gust of wind breaks it.

Going a better route
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You failed to mention that when you bought your RV it wouldn't roll in and your hero Jim had to rewire it for you.......... I don't remember you offering him a though.

I have one on my RV also. It doesn't have as much flashy chrome as Hozer's firetruck but it works well.
As usual your old, feeble memory has let you down. It wouldn't retract and I just crossed the wires for the switch to work opposite to bring it in. Happened one other time since. If I remember correctly you just stood there barking orders (which nobody listened to) with a beer in one hand and a hotdog in the other.
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I think your young brain was not developed enough. I remember your wife crying that your brand new motorhome was broken and you had no way to retract your awning and she was bitching at you for buying a POS........... until a much wiser, smarter and worldy person (me) offered to bail you out by showing you how to cross the wires.
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Since you're clearly high we'll just have to agree to disagree on what happened. Couple more weeks and we'll get to see how it all plays out again!
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I think your young brain was not developed enough. I remember your wife crying that your brand new motorhome was broken and you had no way to retract your awning and she was bitching at you for buying a POS........... until a much wiser, smarter and worldy person (me) offered to bail you out by showing you how to cross the wires.
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Since you're clearly high we'll just have to agree to disagree on what happened. Couple more weeks and we'll get to see how it all plays out again!
I think what really happened is that while you two were arguing, Mrs. Tab flipped the switch the other way....
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Since you're clearly high we'll just have to agree to disagree on what happened. Couple more weeks and we'll get to see how it all plays out again!
don't forget you've got some purchasing to do.

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I think what really happened is that while you two were arguing, Mrs. Tab flipped the switch the other way....
I think we'll both agree she's not that technical.
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