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Old 08-26-2016, 09:58 AM   #1
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New awning

I've ordered a new 5.0TA and need to admit that I have never seen one in person. I'm planning on visiting the fiberglass event in Niagra Falls so maybe I can see a fifth wheel. My question for now is about the new awning. I am very familiar with the Fiamma used on Casita's which is a manual crank out awning. My understand is that the new awning used on Escapes is electrically operated. I think the new style might be more aerodynamic that the older version. What happens if the motor dies when the awning Is deployed? How do folks with the new style awning like it?
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Old 08-26-2016, 09:59 AM   #2
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I've ordered a new 5.0TA and need to admit that I have never seen one in person. I'm planning on visiting the fiberglass event in Niagra Falls so maybe I can see a fifth wheel. My question for now is about the new awning. I am very familiar with the Fiamma used on Casita's which is a manual crank out awning. My understand is that the new awning used on Escapes is electrically operated. I think the new style might be more aerodynamic that the older version. What happens if the motor dies when the awning Is deployed? How do folks with the new style awning like it?
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There's a manual override even with the electrical model. I've heard they are going to offer a manual awning if you don't want the motor, but not sure if that's true.

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I've ordered a new 5.0TA and need to admit that I have never seen one in person. I'm planning on visiting the fiberglass event in Niagra Falls so maybe I can see a fifth wheel.
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For sure you will see at least one 5.0TA at the Falls Steve. Organizer of the rally Alf has one. There were two there last year.

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Old 08-26-2016, 11:19 AM   #4
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speaking of the new awning, can the new, electric awning be retrofitted onto an older model escape trailer?
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Old 08-26-2016, 11:49 AM   #5
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speaking of the new awning, can the new, electric awning be retrofitted onto an older model escape trailer?
I am pretty sure not, due to increased weight up high.

And the wrong shape of indent.

Could be wrong.

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Old 08-26-2016, 02:22 PM   #6
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There's a manual override even with the electrical model. I've heard they are going to offer a manual awning if you don't want the motor, but not sure if that's true.

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We signed off on our build sheet last month for a 17B, due to be completed in December 2016...it's the 2017 mold. We specified Manual Awning after Krista told us this is an available but unpublished option for the 2017s.

No idea what manufacturer it is...we don't really care we just don't want the added weight, complexity and battery drain of the power version. No cost adjustment for going manual.

And you cannot change your mind later and switch from a manual awning to a powered one because the mounting hardware is completely different.
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speaking of the new awning, can the new, electric awning be retrofitted onto an older model escape trailer?
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I am pretty sure not, due to increased weight up high.

And the wrong shape of indent.
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And perhaps more importantly, the older model trailer has reinforced mounting points which suit the awning which came with it. While the new design doesn't need the lower arm mounting points, it does require a much stronger mounting area at the top of the wall. I think that retrofitting the new style would be a major project.
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thanks, I was just curious.
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Anyone know the weight difference between the new electric awning and the same awning in a manual model?
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New awning

What was wrong with the old awning?
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