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Old 04-25-2015, 08:12 AM   #21
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Unless it is a quick overnight stop, our awning always gets deployed when we stop.

Both the shade in the heat, and protection from rain, help extend our living space with the Escape 19. We have spent countless hours out of the elements enjoying our camping, while staying out of the elements. Nothing like the secure feeling of watching the rain pour down, while sipping a coffee or a cocktail, while visiting under the awning.

Only once did we ever have an issue with the awning. I had left camp with my F_350 towing my construction dump trailer, to return a skid steer back to the rental shop, and left my wife (with the help of my brother) to pack up camp, and pull the 19 home with the Pilot. Well, still not sure what actually transpired, but I guess they never got the awning properly latched, and it opened some going down the highway, and ended up trashing the fabric, which my wife just cut away to get the awning arms put away. No big deal though, as we really needed to replace the fabric anyway. Lots of we spider crack holes in it from protecting us during a bad hail storm.

I have never used additional straps, as properly stowed there are two safe guards in place already. I prefer to keep it simple.
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Old 04-25-2015, 11:05 AM   #22
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Just goes to show how people use their trailer differently. We deploy the awning at virtually every campsite we stay at-- unless it's an overnight boondock without unhooking. Yes, I've had to get out of bed a couple times in the middle of the night to stow the awning due to high wind or thunderstorms, but we love the awning and wouldn't be without it.
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Old 04-25-2015, 12:48 PM   #23
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Just goes to show how people use their trailer differently.
Indeed. I bought my Escape with the intent of using it as a mobile hotel room. I park it in a campground then leave to go sightseeing, so I'm not around the trailer much during the day. This may change over time, but so far it hasn't. I just haven't gotten into "camping" as such.

Also, I have a basic fear of deploying the awning and then not being able to get it rolled up again. It seems like too much of a risk for someone who is unfamiliar with it. I guess I should practice with the awning at home a few times before trying to use it during a trip.
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I just consider mud in trailer OK!
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Old 04-25-2015, 01:38 PM   #25
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I just consider mud in trailer OK!
I consider it an inevitability.

Life is too short to be taking your shoes on and off many times per day.
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Old 04-25-2015, 02:24 PM   #26
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I have used my awning exactly once: when I was at home I deployed the awning just to make sure it worked. Since I was unfamiliar with it, I carefully followed instructions when I rolled it up, including moving the awning latch to the "CLOSED" position.

Late this afternoon I returned to my trailer after a windy day in New Mexico. I heard a flap-flap-flap from outside that seemed unusual. I went out and saw the the awning had partially unrolled, making it loose. I looked at the awning latch and saw that it was in the "OPEN" position. I moved it to "CLOSED"; the spring-loaded awning spun tight.

Can this latch move from "CLOSED" to "OPEN" on its own? Has anyone else had this happen? Since I never use the awning I have been ignoring the latch, but I guess I need to add it to the departure checklist.
Happened once after a very windy night in Utah. There was quite a lot of flapping around that night so I thought that my have caused the latch to slip into the open position (the awning was rolled up). However in retrospect, rolling down the highway at 60 MPH with additional wind gusts, must cause an equal if not greater amount of flapping around so I don't know. I routinely check the awning before leaving the campground and anytime we stop enroute, however, there is a good reason why I am not a pilot.

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Old 04-25-2015, 09:47 PM   #27
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Indeed. I bought my Escape with the intent of using it as a mobile hotel room. I park it in a campground then leave to go sightseeing, so I'm not around the trailer much during the day. This may change over time, but so far it hasn't. I just haven't gotten into "camping" as such.

Also, I have a basic fear of deploying the awning and then not being able to get it rolled up again. It seems like too much of a risk for someone who is unfamiliar with it. I guess I should practice with the awning at home a few times before trying to use it during a trip.
We are similar on much sightseeing, Mike, and between being out, and wind and rain, we use it little. Seems like a two-person job to get it in and out and it is something to get used to doing right. Once we had a wheel on it come off and that was difficult to get back on. So you might want to watch those wheel locks. With all of the stories about losing and ripping up awnings, which is why many insurance companies do not cover them, we will keep using a strap.
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Old 04-26-2015, 06:23 AM   #28
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My experience with the awning is that it is an easy one person job. Like anything else, the more you set it up and take it down, the easier it gets. (Less than 5 minutes at the most) I agree that I would not take the chance of leaving it up when leaving the trailer or going to sleep. Too much opportunity for the wind to come up and damage the awning. I also use the Camco straps to secure the awning when traveling.
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We use the awning whenever the wind allows. Also use velcro straps for travel although that's more a holdover from the last trailer that did not have the plastic locks on it. The only issue I have with awnings is they constantly need cleaning. They get moldy, dirty ,and stained in no time, deployed or not. I've also found the fabric quality of the one on the Escape pretty low, compared to my 06 Starcraft, it'll need replacing before too long. Pretty sure it's the same model, Carefree must have found a cheaper material.
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The post got me thinking and I dug out the Camco straps I bought for the Casita but never used. I put them on the arms just above the round knobs on the arms. Is that the correct place for them to be effective?
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