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Old 03-22-2018, 06:51 PM   #1
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Brand: Thor Motor Coach
Model: Damon Daybreak
State: Ohio
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2009 Damon Daybreak 3575

We bought our Daybreak 3575 in November, drove it home, threw our stuff in it, and drove it straight to winter storage. We will be bringing it home next week, taking it back to the dealership for some upgrades, then back home to work on "what goes where".

One thing we do not like is the manual awning since it is over one of the slides. Can anyone advise if you have the same model, or one with a similar situation, as to whether or not it's smart to leave the awning out once it's deployed? Does the slide protect it at all from wind gusts? The flip side is whether or not it's smart to just add an electric awning now and be done with it. We hope to keep this rig for at least 5 years if not longer.

Any other suggestions as to good upgrades will be appreciated. Thanks!

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Old 03-22-2018, 09:32 PM   #2
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Model: Hurricane 35C
State: South Dakota
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We had a manual awning on our first RV (1998 Itasca Sunflyer) that we replaced with an electric awning. It was money well spent - the manual awning was simply a PITA to open and close and took two people to do it well. The electric awning is great in that it is a press of a button and it will extend or retract. We really like that our Hurricane has an electric awning with a wind sensor that retracts it when it gets any up/down motion that threatens to break it.

As far as the slide "protecting" the awning, that isn't very likely as it is affected more by the wind buffeting around it than by anything else.

If you don't have the wind sensor, it is advisable to retract the awning to prevent any sudden wind gust damage when you are away. We retract ours when we know there are wind gusts forecast, even with the sensor. No sense pressing our luck.
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