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Old 06-03-2016, 12:24 PM   #1
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2017's switching to Carefree awnings

I got an email from sales yesterday that they will be switching the 2017's to Carefree instead of the previously revealed Dometic power awning. The standard one will be electric, with a manual option by request only. No discount if you choose the manual version though. They couldn't tell me the models they will be using so hopefully that info will be coming out soon.
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:49 PM   #2
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I got an email from sales yesterday that they will be switching the 2017's to Carefree instead of the previously revealed Dometic power awning. The standard one will be electric, with a manual option by request only. No discount if you choose the manual version though. They couldn't tell me the models they will be using so hopefully that info will be coming out soon.
wow - interesting info!

I wonder why the change?

will be interesting to watch this thread....



update: Carefree makes lots of different awnings... I wonder what it'll be on a 21'

http://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:03 PM   #3
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I wonder why the change?

A lot of it has to do with supply. Reace was having trouble bringing in enough of the Dometics to match production, whereas Carefree has their product to them real fast.

One difference is that the Carefree relies on the trailer 12V for the auto-retract sensor, and the Dometic uses batteries.

The Carefree electric awning can be manually retracted using a small 3/8" ratchet with extension.

Reace never said what model being used when I was talking to him about it, but I assume this is the model. It has been around a few years now.
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perhaps the dent for the awning in the 2017 body is going to go along with the Dometic awning!
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perhaps the dent for the awning in the 2017 body is going to go along with the Dometic awning!
If you are talking about the relief for the awning, it will still be there. Unfortunately, they can't use one for the 5.0TA, but will have to surface mount it due to the sloped roof.
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thanks for the info... and the suspected model.

a quick google turned up this bit of info, on a different forum

"FYI. Anyone with a Carefree Freedom Freestyle awning needs to carry a 3/8 drive ratchet wrench with them to retract the awning when it fails...and it will. The wrench is inserted inside a removable round plug on the front cap of the awning and cranked in. An 18 inch long zip tie or piece of line that long to secure it in the closed position after it is retracted."

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thanks for the info... and the suspected model.

a quick google turned up this bit of info, on a different forum

"FYI. Anyone with a Carefree Freedom Freestyle awning needs to carry a 3/8 drive ratchet wrench with them to retract the awning when it fails...and it will. The wrench is inserted inside a removable round plug on the front cap of the awning and cranked in. An 18 inch long zip tie or piece of line that long to secure it in the closed position after it is retracted."

You certainly do like to look for the negatives, eh?
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Hmmm,
Maybe the manual Carefree would be a better choice.......
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Hmmm,
Maybe the manual Carefree would be a better choice.......
For some reasons it would make sense, but I do like the auto-retract feature should a wind come up when I am not around. Plus, it is kewl to push a button to open and close.
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now that the 2017 sides are flat there probably are more choices for a conventional awning with triangular supports that are straight versus the previous 2016 curved support arms...anyway this looks like the 2017 Escape model/design is a work in progress......
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