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Old 06-26-2015, 02:22 AM   #1
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Electric awning?

Hello, just curious if anyone has had an electric awning installed on their Escape trailer?
One similar to the one on the Lance trailers! Thanks, Kevin
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Old 06-26-2015, 06:45 AM   #2
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I do not foresee that option happening on the fiberglass unit as the construction more or less would prohibit such. One needs flush walls and ceilings for those units (had 2 Lances with them) and Escape's just do not have those features, fortunately. That is what made me drawn to the Escape, no seams, no leaks and good towing mpg.
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Old 06-26-2015, 09:43 AM   #3
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Thanks Jim, that's kinda what i was thinking. We love the Escape and have a 21 on order. Kevin
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Old 06-26-2015, 10:10 PM   #4
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I do not foresee that option happening on the fiberglass unit as the construction more or less would prohibit such. One needs flush walls and ceilings for those units (had 2 Lances with them) and Escape's just do not have those features, fortunately. That is what made me drawn to the Escape, no seams, no leaks and good towing mpg.
What are flush walls Jim?
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Old 06-27-2015, 12:00 AM   #5
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The electric awning we have (on a motorhome) has the motor inside the roller, so it mounts just like the similar but non-powered awning on the same RV. It does have a different arm design from the one used by Escape, but again the manual one does too - it's just a different brand. If there's an electric model of the right size that mounts the same way, it just sounds like a bit of wiring work.

The challenge would be if all of the electric models use an arm design with a vertical track on side wall of the RV, since the Escape side wall is curved and those tracks are straight. Similarly, even without tracks if the arms must be straight to work (as some designs need to be), that's a problem because the arms on the Escape are bent to suit the trailer shape.

The electric awning seems a little decadent, but it is convenient.

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I do not foresee that option happening on the fiberglass unit as the construction more or less would prohibit such. One needs flush walls and ceilings for those units (had 2 Lances with them) and Escape's just do not have those features, fortunately. That is what made me drawn to the Escape, no seams, no leaks and good towing mpg.
Hmm.... these comments would make sense for an electric slideout, but I don't get it for an electric awning.
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What are flush walls Jim?
I think he means with straight side walls. That's because the mounting rails for the power awning attach to the side of the trailer and they're straight rails - no curvature. They need to fit flush with the wall.
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Friends of ours just purchased a new 50K fifth wheel
The trailer has an electric awning that works poorly
He cusses the awning everytime he deploys it and is talking about installing a manual awning,
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Friends of ours just purchased a new 50K fifth wheel
The trailer has an electric awning that works poorly
He cusses the awning everytime he deploys it and is talking about installing a manual awning,
I suppose brands and models vary, and individual experience varies. I only have that one power awning, which works without issue every time - just push the button. It is inherently more complicated than manual (although other than one motor the actual mechanism is the same on this RV's power and manual awnings), so there is a greater chance of problems.
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Carefree latltitude awning has no vertical framework. I wonder if something like that would work? Kevin
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Carefree latitude awning has no vertical framework. I wonder if something like that would work? Kevin
Yes it would, but that model is OEM only, and is only sold to manufacturers. Another issue is that the awning brackets are different, and must be installed with a backing plate. So, that would mean tearing up the interior of the trailer in order to install the plates. Seriously, I think it's a non-starter.
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