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Old 10-17-2016, 10:51 AM   #1
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I probably missed it so I apologize in advance but what is final status of 2017 awning? Is a manual option still an option? If there is problem with the automatic can you manually crank it?
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Old 10-17-2016, 11:58 AM   #2
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Dometic is the standard awning and is electric. They offer a Carefree manual awning if you don't want electric. I'm pretty sure the electric can be manually retracted but I haven't seen how.
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Old 10-17-2016, 12:30 PM   #3
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There is a 3/8" socket hole to manually retract if need be. Once you go with the automatic power there is no looking back.
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:17 PM   #4
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There is a 3/8" socket hole to manually retract if need be. Once you go with the automatic power there is no looking back.
since you have the new Dometic awning...sort of a question about awing droop and the door.
If your awing is extended and the door is open all they way can you still close the door without retracting the awning first..or is there positions of the door being open that the awning rests on the top of the door?...the reason I ask is at the RV expo yesterday most if not all the unsupported (no support arms to the lower part of the trailer) awnings were Carefree brand and depending on the trailer some awnings seemed to be mounted lower than others. Depending on the amount of awning extension and droop some seemed to interfere with the door open/closing. A sequence of door close/open and extended/not extend awning would have to be followed to prevent the door from damaging the awning. In fact on some trailers they even had a warning sticker to this effect on the side of the trailer near the door. For those that might have this issue , the automatic retraction feature may not have a clue what the door position is at the time of retraction.
any observations on the new Escape Dometic awning operation that a user might need to be especially cognizant of ?
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:32 PM   #5
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There is a 3/8" socket hole to manually retract if need be. Once you go with the automatic power there is no looking back.
Does that mean you like it?
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:36 PM   #6
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... at the RV expo yesterday most if not all the unsupported (no support arms) awnings were Carefree brand and depending on the trailer some awnings seemed to be mounted lower than others. Depending on the amount of awning extension and droop some seemed to interfere with the door open/closing. A sequence of door close/open and extended/not extend awning would have to be followed to prevent the door from damaging the awning. In fact on some trailers they even had a warning sticker to this effect on the side of the trailer near the door.
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That sounds like bad planning. If the top of the wall is not high enough for the awning to clear the door, brackets are available to mount the awning on the roof instead. Stickers don't fix design errors. Reace designed the new-generation body to fit this type of awning, so my guess is that he took appropriate clearance into account.

The droop angle of these awnings (both Dometic and Carefree) can be set at installation, and changed later if necessary - it is not a routine adjustment. If the droop angle is set lower than necessary and causes intererence, that's a readily corrected installation error. If the droop angle needed for proper drainage is too low to clear the door, the design is flawed.

This seems like a good thing to check on a new trailer (of any brand), and get corrected if requried. I can't imagine tolerating a setup with this sort of interference between the awning and door.
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:43 PM   #7
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possible awning droop / door clearance - added of list of things to check at pickup.



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Old 10-17-2016, 03:46 PM   #8
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If the droop angle needed for proper drainage is too low to clear the door, the design is flawed.

This seems like a good thing to check on a new trailer (of any brand), and get corrected if requried. I can't imagine tolerating a setup with this sort of interference between the awning and door.
on one trailer with a warning sticker the awning was extended and so low that the awning fabric was resting on the top of the door and the door was open about 130 deg but not 180. If the awning auto retracted the metal arm itself would also hit the door as it bent inward....was thinking maybe these critters needed an open door sensor in the door frame that would prevent auto retract operation when the door was open.
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possible awning droop / door clearance - added of list of things to check at pickup.

I don't think it's a big concern.
It is possible that there is so much clearance in the Escape design that even at the lowest droop setting there's no interference - in that case there would be no reason to check. I just don't think we know yet.
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Old 10-17-2016, 03:52 PM   #10
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If your awing is extended and the door is open all they way can you still close the door without retracting the awning first..or is there positions of the door being open that the awning rests on the top of the door?...
On my unit the door can freely open and close with all positions of the awning. I think the power awning by Dometic is awesome. Easy set up. Easy take down. I can do it all day long ...of course then my finger might get a little sore.
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