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Old 06-09-2012, 10:29 AM   #1
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Anybody has a link to a manual ? Looking to test open/close before we go camping.

Last time we tested, I ended up placing the support bar on the ground (got a generic manual). From pictures on this forum I have seen, the support bar sits on the wall of the trailer.
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Old 06-09-2012, 06:49 PM   #2
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You don't mention trailer model or manual / electric awning, but, I'm going to assume it is manual since you said you put the support bar on the ground (they can be used that way).

Here's a link to a good "generic" manual awning instruction with pictures:

Manual Awning Setup

Hope that is what you were looking for...

BTW; it always helps to state year and model of your trailer when asking for help. CruiserRV makes a boat load of models now and over the years, things change; i.e., in 2008 when I bought my 210WBS, they didn't offer a power awning on any of their models...no power stab jacks either



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Thank you webslave. It is a 2007 funfinder X139 model. Awning is a manual setup.
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My awning (manual) can be set up either way. The support bars can be left against the side of the trailer or unhooked and set up vertically on the ground. They have holes in the feet so you anchor them with a tent peg.
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LJAZ is absolutely correct Most manual awnings can be set up with the support arms in the grounded position (usually referred as "patio mode") or with them remaining attached to the side of the trailer. I've even seen folks with them buried in a 5 gallon bucket of sand for a more "permanent" setup. One advantage of the patio mode; it gets the support arm verticle and out of "head banging" range Most electric awnings don't have that option, but, most electric awnings have their support arms much higher and there is reduced chance of "head banging" with them. My old trailer had a manual and my new one an electric. For me the jury is still out...I liked some of the features of the manual (sturdier, more adjustment, much easier to attach our "tacky" lights to, etc.), but, I like the ease and some of the features of the electric (10 seconds out, 10 seconds in, can pull it in without even going outside, beams are well above our heads when out).

One caveat with using the awning in the "patio" setup...in the event of a sudden storm or strong wind gust, the patio position is the least "sturdy" and the hardest to take down in a hurry. I'm the lazy type and like to leave the awning out until the last second and hardly ever used it in the patio mode.



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Finally got a chance to test it again. Just learned that you have to be careful when folding the awning up. First time, I let go the strap and it flew into the wall .

I do notice that when I put the awning back, the top portions doesn't sit on top of the support piece. What the previous owner did was used bungee cord and wrap the supporting bar (to safe guard the locking mechanism from coming off)
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