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Old 11-19-2018, 05:09 PM   #1
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Any regrets on power awning

As we finalize our build sheet on our Escape 21, we are curious if anyone regrets getting the power awning. Our concerns are how water drains off if you cannot tilt one side, whether you can push it in if power switch fails, and is there a function that it auto shuts if it starts to rain. I appreciate all recommendations on making this final decision!
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Old 11-19-2018, 06:18 PM   #2
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Well, you're about to get an ear full of opinions. I'll just say that we have one on our 2107 21, and love it for its simplicity, effectiveness, and for its clean lines... none of those poles sticking to the side of the trailer. On our maiden voyage, we didn't know about the whole rain water collection issue, and had left the awning opened all night during a rainstorm. The next morning I went out to discover that our awning had been turned into a swimming pool. It all worked out, though. the awning regained its normal shape/size, and I learned that if the awning is going to be open when it's raining, only have it out 1/3 or so of the way. Then it works great. If we had it to do over again, we'd stick with the power awning for sure. Now, just sit back and wait to hear from the masses about how wrong I am!
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Old 11-19-2018, 06:33 PM   #3
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I agree with LRL; the power awning has worked just fine for us, for the year we have had our 5.0 TA. In my opinion, it looks much neater than the ones with the arms. But there are a lot of people who prefer the older models. To each his own.
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Old 11-19-2018, 06:37 PM   #4
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we are curious if anyone regrets getting the power awning. Our concerns are how water drains off if you cannot tilt one side,whether you can push it in if power switch fails, and is there a function that it auto shuts if it starts to rain. I appreciate all recommendations on making this final decision!
Have not had mine long enough to say if I have any regrets, but so far so good.

Supposedly and according to owners manual the awning has Water Shed feature (page 4) is supposed to tilt to one side if water collects, but cannot speak if that works or not.

Again according to owners manual, the awning can be cranked in if the electric does not work, but requires the removal of left end cap.

Will only auto retract if wind causes the awning to flap beyond sensitivity setting, preset at factory and owner adjustable. The is controlled by battery operating module that sits in the lead rail of awning. Manual can be download at the following link.

https://www.dometic.com/en-us/us/pro...wning-_-164371
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Old 11-19-2018, 06:40 PM   #5
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So far we like the power awning. If it is raining we only deploy it 40-50% of the way and that works fine. If we are leaving for several hours we put it in, and with high wind we put it in. All of this is very quick and easy.
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Old 11-19-2018, 07:21 PM   #6
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I remember reading my awning manual years ago on my first trailer, it stated that the awning is for shade, not rain and use during rain, particularly heavy rain was not recommended. My manual awning was always brought in halfway during rain and the power awning likewise. The arms are scissor like and fully extended there is no middle support, 50% extension allows middle support. The wind sensor is a nice feature and retracts if a gust of wind occurs (seems like it happens around 3 pm at Osoyoos) there is a manual retraction procedure.
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Old 11-19-2018, 07:38 PM   #7
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I pretty much agree with what is said. I love the clean lines it offers, the ease of operation, and the auto-retract. It is a fantastic sun shade.

Where is lacks is its capacity in the rain. I too keep it near 50% open and the arms are close enough for good support to not allow pooling and sheds the rain. If I am around when it is raining, I have devised a simple T using an adjustable tarp pole and a 4' cross member which will fall out of place should the awning retract, yet sheds water at full extension.

If I was ordering now, I would still go with the power awning as it's benefits out-weight its drawbacks.
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Old 11-19-2018, 07:41 PM   #8
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When we picked up our 21 this past January, the gal doing the orientation said that some people solve the rain drainage problem by putting a construction hat on top of a telescoping pole and sort of tent the awning slightly in the middle. Personally, since we live in the Northwest we don't want the awning to get damp and moldy so we don't deploy the awning in rainy weather. If we are packing up in the morning we make sure the awning is closed up the night before to avoid morning dew.
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Old 11-19-2018, 08:10 PM   #10
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.....the gal doing the orientation said that some people solve the rain drainage problem by putting a construction hat on top of a telescoping pole and sort of tent the awning slightly in the middle..
I used a hardhat on a tarp pole once and posted a photo of it here. That was right after they started installing the electric awning. I kinda doubt anyone else did that though. This is what gave me the idea to do something better on the post, I just used the hardhat to protect the fabric from the tip of the pole, because it was what was around.
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