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Blue open awning


Quick, Easy, Manual Operation

The Carefree Pioneer manual awning is the easiest full size patio awning to operate. No need to worry about unlocking travel locks or spring mechanisms with this awning. To open the Pioneer, simply turn the hand crank. Once it is fully open, slide the single track slider arm up to the roller and tighten the rafter knobs. Now you can raise the roller with the lift handles to any desired pitch. It’s that simple.

For an exceptionally taut canopy, backwind the crank to make your canopy as tight as a drum. There’s never a need to re-tension your canopy. In breezy conditions, the worm gear mechanism will not allow your roller to unwind. When finished using your awning, lower the roller tube, loosen the rafter knobs and slide the rafter arms to the closed position. Just turn the hand crank in the opposite direction until the roller is tight against the coach and you’re ready for travel. That’s it. There’s no locks or straps to fuss with to prevent billowing in transit. The crank assembly automatically locks the roller in place. Available in all fabric styles and colors including Carefree’s patented no leak Alumaguard or Uniguard.

+ Specifications

Operation: Manual Crank
Roller Length: 8′ – 21′ in one foot increments (center arm to center arm)
Canopy max extension: 8′ (standard)
Fabric: Vinyl, Acrylic or Polyweave (all colors)
View Carefree’s patio awning fabric options
Weatherguard: NEW! FLXguard, Vinyl (white or matching), Uniguard (satin, white or black) or Alumaguard (satin, white or black)
Arm Lengths: Awning rail to floor line range of 68″ – 81″.
Arm Width: 2.75″
Arms Weight: approx. 35 lbs.
Arm color: Satin, White or Black
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Roller Pitch Drop: Fully adjustable as traditional spring-loaded patio awnings.
Packaged Pioneer Arm Set Includes: Two Arms, gear assembly endcap and idler endcap, lag bolts and installation hardware, crank handle, and installation/owner’s manual.

Packaged Pioneer End Cap Upgrade Kit Includes: Both left and right endcaps and installation/owner’s manual. Telescoping Crank Handle sold separately.


  • Billow Proof
  • Crank Mechanism ensures taught canopy
  • Simple Operation
  • No locks to fuss with
  • Single Track Slider
  • Lightweight
Joint of RV awning

Manual Operation

No spring or travel locks to deal with. Just crank it out!

Pioneer crank and parts

Pioneer Manual Upgrade Kit

Replace your springs and convert your existing Carefree Spirit, Fiesta, or Simplicity awning to an easy operation.

NEW! FLXguard

FLXguard is the latest innovation from Carefree. This patent pending lightweight yet highly robust weatherguard offers the same protection properties of more expensive, heavier metal wraps but at a fraction of the cost.