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Old 08-07-2017, 10:09 AM   #1
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New awning in the rain

Had a chance to try out the new power awning in a thunderstorm this weekend, heavy downpours and wind gusts (from the opposite side though) I retracted the awning halfway and it handled the rain without issue.
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:15 AM   #2
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Old 08-07-2017, 10:32 AM   #3
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Hi Jim
Glad to hear your awning worked well for you. Hope you weren't besieged by rain all weekend. On the other hand, you got out and it's better than a tent any day.
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Thanks Jim, the partial extension is what I had planned to try. Good to hear it works


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Old 08-10-2017, 10:16 PM   #5
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Had a chance to try out the new power awning in a thunderstorm this weekend, heavy downpours and wind gusts (from the opposite side though) I retracted the awning halfway and it handled the rain without issue.
Thank you for posting this. How do you feel about this new style awning? it sure looks nicer without the vertical arms, especially since ive seen older escapes where they block windows.

I browsed some build photos, and pardon my ignorance as I am new here, but how much reinforcement is built in to the structure to support the weight of this awning? It strikes me as having lots of horizontal torsion put on the realatively narrow mounting surface of the trailer.
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Old 08-10-2017, 11:11 PM   #6
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Thank you for posting this. How do you feel about this new style awning? it sure looks nicer without the vertical arms, especially since ive seen older escapes where they block windows.

I browsed some build photos, and pardon my ignorance as I am new here, but how much reinforcement is built in to the structure to support the weight of this awning? It strikes me as having lots of horizontal torsion put on the realatively narrow mounting surface of the trailer.
So- there's form and then function. There are two options: The Dometic power awning and the Carefree manual. If I were ordering a new Escape the Carefree would be my choice hands down.
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Old 08-11-2017, 07:07 AM   #7
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Thank you for posting this. How do you feel about this new style awning? it sure looks nicer without the vertical arms, especially since ive seen older escapes where they block windows.

I browsed some build photos, and pardon my ignorance as I am new here, but how much reinforcement is built in to the structure to support the weight of this awning? It strikes me as having lots of horizontal torsion put on the realatively narrow mounting surface of the trailer.
I think that the recessed roof has a aluminum backing plate installed the entire exterior length that the awning is then attached to. Interior there are wooden plates that hold the backing plate.
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Old 08-11-2017, 08:51 AM   #8
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So- there's form and then function. There are two options: The Dometic power awning and the Carefree manual. If I were ordering a new Escape the Carefree would be my choice hands down.
I'd like to think that it's not an "either/or" thing, that both form AND function can be combined within one product. We have no complaints so far with either regarding our new Dometic awning.
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You're right; it's a matter of degree and some lean more towards function than form. No right or wrong just preference. Not much feedback from those with the manual Carefree. Would like to see some.
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Looking over the Carefree in Chilliwack, the Dometic seems to be a better build. I would really need to see both side by side to make a proper judgement.
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