First and foremost: This is a cool product, but it's expensive.
Brent Taylor of Dometic told me the Elkhart, Ind.-based RV supplier has been trying to "understand the needs of its end-users more," and a result of that is the 9100 Power Awning with PowerChannel Technology, which essentially is an awning with a built-in power strip along the length of its roller tube.
Spotlights, fans, Bluetooth speakers and other accessories simply and securely connect to the PowerChannel. An integrated LED light strip provides ambient lighting as well.
Dometic’s patent-pending Power Transfer Module puts 15 amps of 12V power from the vehicle directly through the roller tube PowerChannel. Multiple accessories can be connected simultaneously.
“What we’re seeing at campgrounds is people are putting Christmas lighting on their awnings to try and get ambient lighting at their campsites for functional outdoor living space,” said Dometic’s Brent Taylor. “We wanted to go beyond our competitors and not just give people an LED strip in their awning but the ability to make themselves more comfortable.”
As for its durability, Taylor said the PowerChannel will “far outlast the awning.”
Available to OEMs and as an aftermarket item in April, its average MSRP is $1,500 (depending on length).