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Old 04-13-2016, 04:33 PM   #371
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You'd have a good drive, Jim, but come on down....
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Old 04-13-2016, 05:34 PM   #372
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The Dometic 9500 power awning I'm showing about $1300 retail online...

I think they start in the $1300 range, but when you configure it and choose the 14' or 15' length, the price jumps dramatically.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:02 PM   #373
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I think the Fiamma's or something similar would be a good alternative. I mean one of the reason I am buying a FGRV is for their longevity.
Agree. Having owned 2 stick RV's, longevity is very important to me and is why I ordered an Escape. Anything that is likely to break is a negative. I'm sure many of you have been in the desert when it goes from dead calm to 40 MPH in about 10 seconds. That is the scenario that worries me because it is one of the few times I actually use an awning.

Fiamma awnings are used by the Overlanding crowd and are considered very stout.

I also wouldn't mind saving $800 or so
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:07 PM   #374
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Agree. Having owned 2 stick RV's, longevity is very important to me and is why I ordered an Escape. Anything that is likely to break is a negative. I'm sure many of you have been in the desert when it goes from dead calm to 40 MPH in about 10 seconds. That is the scenario that worries me because it is one of the few times I actually use an awning.

Fiamma awnings are used by the Overlanding crowd and are considered very stout.

I also wouldn't mind saving $800 or so
Have to agree here. I've already stated on my 2017 build not to use the Dometic awning. I want a manual with supports or nothing and I'll engineer a manual version myself.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:32 PM   #375
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Where the heck are all you folks who are so vehemently opposed to the new awning getting the idea that they are such a terrible thing, before even having tried one out? Do you know anyone first hand who has had troubles? Kinda sounds like dead skin on trial here?

Time will tell, and hasn't Escape pretty much stood behind everything they did? Even the choices that did not work out perfect.
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Old 04-13-2016, 06:42 PM   #376
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Where the heck are all you folks who are so vehemently opposed to the new awning getting the idea that they are such a terrible thing, before even having tried one out? Do you know anyone first hand who has had troubles? Kinda sounds like dead skin on trial here?

Time will tell, and hasn't Escape pretty much stood behind everything they did? Even the choices that did not work out perfect.


I've said it before, if folks want a fiberglass trailer brand that never improves, never changes and never advances - they're out there for you, but it ain't an Escape.
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I don't get it either. We've already got stress fractures impacting the re-sale value of trailers that aren't even built yet. And regarding these doomsday scenarios, it's nuts in my opinion to leave an awning deployed and unattended.
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Old 04-13-2016, 07:18 PM   #378
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Where the heck are all you folks who are so vehemently opposed to the new awning getting the idea that they are such a terrible thing, before even having tried one out? Do you know anyone first hand who has had troubles? Kinda sounds like dead skin on trial here?
The cracking issue I agree with you Jim, not sure why we're worrying about that which is an ETI manufacturing issue and Reace and Tammy are great at that end of things and I'm sure they've engineered it correctly and as always will stand behind it.

But cmon, Jim. You have enough field camping experience to know that an awning that can only be deployed in a straight out/straight in with no ability to change slope or tilt in the field will not have a high level of practicality. Once one has years of experience camping and trailering, we can look at new products and determine potential shortfalls very easily without having to try one first. We all do it on this forum all the time on all kinds of products that we haven't purchased or tried yet. So far I've not seen any evidence to the contrary that this isn't exactly the case on this relatively new awning. I don't think it would be unreasonable to offer a Fiamma option (still a case awning retaining the clean lines) if it doesn't present any serious issues with assembly or reworking the existing molds, etc.
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Where the heck are all you folks who are so vehemently opposed to the new awning getting the idea that they are such a terrible thing, before even having tried one out? Do you know anyone first hand who has had troubles? Kinda sounds like dead skin on trial here?

Time will tell, and hasn't Escape pretty much stood behind everything they did? Even the choices that did not work out perfect.
True, but for those of us that don't need or want a $2,000 awning there's nothing wrong with having a choice that saves weight, complexity, and cost right? This is a product forum where we are discussing product attributes. No offense to the manufacturer, but some of us may have some constructive ideas to offer.
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Old 04-13-2016, 08:07 PM   #380
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There is a possibility that Escape will not delete the standard automatic awning or they may delete but not credit anything. It is their perogative....
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