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Old 03-23-2016, 12:03 AM   #211
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well if the new awning turns out to be a dud (like some other users on the web have posted) maybe Escape can retrofit a "retractable flexible solar panel array" or a "linear magneto flux induction solar wind turbine power generator" in its place in the fiberglass cutout in Escapes new body design....all from the same engineer who designed the new awning!
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:19 AM   #212
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We have dealt with ETI since fall of 2012.....we have had nothing but great service and the highest quality. Today we picked up our 19' and it seems to be made with the same quality our 15' was made with previous. The changes were all well thought out and researched and they still stand behind their product.

Time will tell and hopefully you are correct. But companies are just like stocks....past performance does not guarantee future results. Lets just hope that despite all we read about the changes, etc that it all works out well.
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:22 AM   #213
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... all the RV screen doors I've seen are made the same. They all sandwich to the outer door and have a latch that either holds it to the outer door or allows the screen door to stay shut when the outer door is open. And since you have to reach through the screen door to open or shut the outer door there has to be an access hole which is usually covered up with a slider to keep the bugs out. All this makes for a really dysfunctional door design.
I agree - except that I wouldn't call it dysfunctional... it just has its challenges. Overall, it's a clever solution to the problem that most RVs don't have room to have a door swinging inward.

They key to making this work is that access hole, and the cover is not always the slickest design. Just remember to close it when using just the screen door.

The quality of the component parts varies, and worst of them are problematic. The original latch that holds the screen door of our motorhome closed, when the main door is open, was a piece of junk which barely held on when we were lucky. A few dollars and two screws later, we had a vastly better latch and no problems since.

The other problem we had was that the gas strut which holds the main door open (no place for a regular holdback on this RV) got weak, which allowed the door to swing closed, which latched the screen door onto the main door (and release the screen from the door frame), so the whole mess would swing open letting the cat out. Should be no problem with a normal holdback (and isn't anymore with my new gas strut). I'm sure Reace will make the setup on Escapes work smoothly.
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:30 AM   #214
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What worries more than anything is quality control. If Escape is expanding their production as well as changing the design and components then they have three or more variables to cover. Plus more production is more through-put which means hiring new people. So I'm really curious how Escape will manage to maintain a high quality product with all this going on. Usually with this much change quality drops...hopefully not since this seems like a good company.
thought about what you posted also... one thing for sure is Escapes overhead is about to go up and the need for more sales to sustain it!
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:35 AM   #215
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well if the new awning turns out to be a dud (like some other users on the web have posted) maybe Escape can retrofit a "retractable flexible solar panel array" or a "linear magneto flux induction solar wind turbine power generator" in its place in the fiberglass cutout in Escapes new body design....all from the same engineer who designed the new awning!
Or see if the manual option of that awning will fit there.
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:36 AM   #216
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So much conjecture and confusion going on in this thread. I understand the comments on the look of the new body (which I think is great, btw) but maybe tone down the hysteria on all the components which Reace has yet to post info about. I hope he is laughing and not rolling his eyes. Maybe he's doing both.

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They just get moved to the back of the existing 2016 queue if the opportunity to swap is not there yet.
Tammy had posted something about how if you're wanting a 2017 trailer but you're too far ahead in the queue to change over, you'll need to cancel your 2016 order and order the 2017 on April 1st along with everyone else. That's what I was referring to in my post about someone maybe taking over that original 2016 order. I didn't pay super close attention to that comment or ask for further information as I know we're far enough down the queue that we can choose either style and we'll be okay, timing-wise.
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:41 AM   #218
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I agree - except that I wouldn't call it dysfunctional... it just has its challenges. Overall, it's a clever solution to the problem that most RVs don't have room to have a door swinging inward.

They key to making this work is that access hole, and the cover is not always the slickest design. Just remember to close it when using just the screen door.

The quality of the component parts varies, and worst of them are problematic. The original latch that holds the screen door of our motorhome closed, when the main door is open, was a piece of junk which barely held on when we were lucky. A few dollars and two screws later, we had a vastly better latch and no problems since.

The other problem we had was that the gas strut which holds the main door open (no place for a regular holdback on this RV) got weak, which allowed the door to swing closed, which latched the screen door onto the main door (and release the screen from the door frame), so the whole mess would swing open letting the cat out. Should be no problem with a normal holdback (and isn't anymore with my new gas strut). I'm sure Reace will make the setup on Escapes work smoothly.

I agree with all of the above. Although I'm at war with my screen door on my truck camper. This is due to the fact it truly let me down me down one night. It was raining out and I had left the outside door open. Rather than get wet I thought I'd be smooth and reach through the screen door opening for the outside door handle. Now pop up truck camper doors are only about 36-40 inches high so you have to bend over to get in/out. As I bent over and stuck my arm through the screen door to grab the outside door that damn screen door latch let go and I went pitch-poling out the door and off the back of the truck into the rain and mud. Now this is a 3/4 ton truck so I had got in almost a complete flip before landing. And quite honestly if I hadn't had several drinks I might have hurt myself.
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Old 03-23-2016, 12:50 AM   #219
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So much conjecture and confusion going on in this thread. I understand the comments on the look of the new body (which I think is great, btw) but maybe tone down the hysteria on all the components which Reace has yet to post info about. I hope he is laughing and not rolling his eyes. Maybe he's doing both.

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no disrespect and not disagreeing with you..but assuming Escape is customer driven..as a newbie to the forum and researching the possibility of purchasing this thing...have yet to find the threads where the customers requested the frame-less windows and the power awning with no supports...
regardless of whether the changes were customer driven..no doubts that a few hundred customers can easily be found to buy into the changes and the 2016 moulds can always be kept in storage just in case.
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Old 03-23-2016, 01:11 AM   #220
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there are two interesting videos on YouTube with regard to the Dometic awning assuming its the same awning as used on the new Escape

search YouTube for "Dometic Premium Awning Stress Test"
and "Dometic Awnings Electric Auto Retracting Premium Awning"

somewhat reassuring and somewhat scary...
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