New power awning rain shed fix - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Modifications and Alterations
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 05-31-2018, 10:48 PM   #1
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Okotoks, Alberta
Trailer: 2018 Escape 19’
Posts: 62
New power awning rain shed fix

I am a person whom likes to sit in the rain with my awning out. Those with a new power awning know you need to have it proped up with a pole to shed water. My idea is simple and effective. Plus you won’t trip on a pole or stretch one area. Note you do need to shut the power off so it does not auto retract in case of wind. .

1) you need and extendable broom handle. I used a sturdy lightweight fibreglass one.
2) extend awning out 75% of the way
3) extend handle so 2-3” overhang at the support arm elbows
4) use a velcro strap loop to secure each end at the elbow.
5) it supports the middle perfectly and the tent structure sheds water perfectly!

Takes 30 seconds to set up and take down.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 1BBC8C93-A804-4DD4-9A3A-DCF1237820FA.jpg (163.0 KB, 213 views)
File Type: jpg 111E12AB-F679-4DD4-BCA1-436A52CA9A1F.jpg (185.5 KB, 181 views)
File Type: jpg 38FCE673-2D3C-45E7-B244-45EB49D89E2A.jpg (222.8 KB, 174 views)
File Type: jpg 5B1BB0B1-B63A-4EE1-827D-EB58614502E8.jpg (225.5 KB, 167 views)
__________________

Sowen23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2018, 10:59 PM   #2
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Trailer: Escape#4, 2019 Escape21 DejaView pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 19,674
Yes, you need to keep the fabric taut between the arms, great idea. I retract mine to 50% and it seems to work without the added pole in between. Your way allows more extension...
__________________

__________________
Jim
It is not the years in your life but the life in your years Lincoln
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-31-2018, 11:09 PM   #3
Site Team
 
rbryan4's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2014
Location: Canyon Lake, Texas
Trailer: 2015 19 "Past Tents", 2018 F150 2.7L Ecoboost
Posts: 9,479
Simple and effective. I like it.
__________________
"You can't buy happiness, but you can buy an RV. And that is pretty close."
rbryan4 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2018, 12:59 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
John in Santa Cruz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Mid Left Coast, California
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21
Posts: 1,554
that looks a lot like a FIamma style awning... My Casita had a manual Fiamma with a center stretcher... after you extended it and lowered the legs, and finished extending, you put the center pole between fittings on the middle of the camper side and the middle of the extended piece. I always extended this beam/pole as wide as I could before locking it, so it kept the awing stretched out taut. in wet weather, I'd lower one pole and raise the other so the water would pour down the way I wanted.
John in Santa Cruz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2018, 07:50 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 345
Quote:
Originally Posted by John in Santa Cruz View Post
that looks a lot like a FIamma style awning... My Casita had a manual Fiamma with a center stretcher... after you extended it and lowered the legs, and finished extending, you put the center pole between fittings on the middle of the camper side and the middle of the extended piece. I always extended this beam/pole as wide as I could before locking it, so it kept the awing stretched out taut. in wet weather, I'd lower one pole and raise the other so the water would pour down the way I wanted.

These motorized awnings don't have poles like the manual fiamma ( we had one on our old Casita also ) on the corners that support them, or the center "stretcher pole", so you can't impart a "tilt" to shed water to one side or the other that way.



Hence, the great "broom stick" idea.

Thanks !
__________________
No good deed goes unpunished.
thiggins is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2018, 09:02 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
Mike & Donna's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Porter (Houston), Texas
Trailer: 2017 Escape 19 aka "Bon Temps"
Posts: 263
We love to sit out in the rain as well. Your fix is quick, easy and very effective. Thanks for sharing. Donna will be very happy.
__________________
Mike and Donna
Laissez les bons temps rouler
Mike & Donna is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2018, 09:47 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
Red Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: Retired from Dallas & Full-Timing, Texas
Trailer: 2017 21' Escape as of 01/16/17
Posts: 1,139
Brilliant! I will have to play with this idea on our 2017 21’ TT.

FRED M.
__________________
Fred M.

"Whoever said retirement was overrated...
...never had an Escape"
Red Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2018, 01:56 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2013
Location: Grand Rapids, Michigan
Trailer: 2018 21'
Posts: 119
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sowen23 View Post
I am a person whom likes to sit in the rain with my awning out. [...]

1) you need and extendable broom handle. I used a sturdy lightweight fibreglass one.
2) extend awning out 75% of the way
3) extend handle so 2-3” overhang at the support arm elbows
4) use a velcro strap loop to secure each end at the elbow.
5) it supports the middle perfectly and the tent structure sheds water perfectly!

Great idea. Simple and elegant. I had been working on something to solve the same problem but you have a simpler solution than what I designed.


Questions:
1. What is the limiting factor for 75% extension? Do you just need a longer pole? Does water still pool if you go further?
2. If you are willing, could you please share where you specifically got the fiberglass pole?
3. Have you worked out a solution for rain and wind or do you just retract it entirely in that instance?


Thanks!
Eric
ericw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-01-2018, 02:38 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 13,782
Hardware and paint stores sell telescoping poles that attach to paint rollers.
__________________
2009 Escape 17B "Toad"
2008 Toyota RAV4 V6 Sport
North Vancouver, British Columbia

What happens to the hole when the cheese is gone?
- Bertolt Brecht
gbaglo is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2018, 09:53 PM   #10
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Okotoks, Alberta
Trailer: 2018 Escape 19’
Posts: 62
I had the best luck at 75% extention. You can play with it to see the optimum extention. This weekend I also added a small weight to one corner to get the water to drain to one side. The pole is one I have had for many years. Any hardware store has them as a paint roller extention. If too windy, it needs to come in.

See my weight below. 😉
Attached Images
File Type: jpg 339C9D72-571B-424B-9A19-A53BD945D8F6.jpg (393.1 KB, 86 views)
Sowen23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-03-2018, 10:08 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 14,220
A hardhat on an adjustable tarp pole works good too, and falls out of the awning should retract.
20170701_142157.jpeg

Tammy mentioned that Dometic has a piece for a different electric awning, though not for the one we have as of yet, that goes between the two arms and falls out if it closes. This would be a good thing if they ever build one for this awning.

After using this hardhat idea I have planned to do something similar to the Dometic idea, and have a slight crown to it. I just have not got around to it yet.
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2018, 12:35 AM   #12
Senior Member
 
escape artist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: St. Thomas not BVI., Ontario
Trailer: 2014 Escape 5.0TA / 2016 Ram Eco Diesel 4X4
Posts: 6,231
Quote:
Originally Posted by Sowen23 View Post
I had the best luck at 75% extention. You can play with it to see the optimum extention. This weekend I also added a small weight to one corner to get the water to drain to one side. The pole is one I have had for many years. Any hardware store has them as a paint roller extention. If too windy, it needs to come in.

See my weight below. 😉
Hi: Sowen23... But it's light beer!!! Not much weight in that. Alf
escape artist N.S. of Lake Erie
__________________
Quote Bugs Bunny..."Don't take life too seriously, none of us get out of it ALIVE"!!!
'16 Ram Eco D. 4X4 Laramie Longhorn CC & '14 Escape 5.0TA
St.Thomas (Not the Virgin Islands) Ontario
escape artist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2018, 12:37 AM   #13
Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2017
Location: Okotoks, Alberta
Trailer: 2018 Escape 19’
Posts: 62
Agreed! Not my usual choice. ��
Sowen23 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2018, 06:57 PM   #14
Senior Member
 
Devil Dog's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Steveston B.C., British Columbia
Trailer: 2012- 17'B.... 2016 Tacoma SR5 TRD
Posts: 505
Lets face it the new awning's are wimpy . who wants to stand there ( All Day )and watch your awning all day to see what its going to do next. It's just stupid . I mean ..is it or isn't it . OR will it or won't it. Or Honey what's it doing now It's to funny. Thank goodness I got the old style .
__________________
I've almost been everywhere man.
Almost been everywhere.....
Devil Dog is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2018, 07:00 PM   #15
Senior Member
 
Marry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Ponoka, Alberta
Trailer: 2016 19 classic "outta sight", jeep rubicon unlimited
Posts: 1,646
Just read on FB, ETI is bringing back old style awning with support arms as an option. Is this true?
__________________
"never lose hope, never lose faith"
Marry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2018, 07:04 PM   #16
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 14,220
Quote:
Originally Posted by Devil Dog View Post
Lets face it the new awning's are wimpy . who wants to stand there ( All Day )and watch your awning all day to see what its going to do next. It's just stupid . I mean ..is it or isn't it . OR will it or won't it. Or Honey what's it doing now It's to funny. Thank goodness I got the old style .
Say what?

Where ever did you get that from it being disappointing with regards to dumping rain. Everything else about it is superior. Looks and ease of function, along with the auto-retract are awesome. And trust me, the thing is very tough, my brother found out the hard way. We just spent the last week with ours deployed on a lakeside, including lots of rain, with the exception of it retracting on windy day.

Like most, you love the one your with (or have), but to bash another when you haven't even tried it is not fair.
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2018, 07:05 PM   #17
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 14,220
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marry View Post
Just read on FB, ETI is bringing back old style awning with support arms as an option. Is this true?
Yes, both Tammy and Reace mentioned they are going to offer it as an option.
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2018, 07:15 PM   #18
Senior Member
 
Marry's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Ponoka, Alberta
Trailer: 2016 19 classic "outta sight", jeep rubicon unlimited
Posts: 1,646
Quote:
Originally Posted by Jim Bennett View Post
Yes, both Tammy and Reace mentioned they are going to offer it as an option.
Also adjusting the hatch size, in order to fit the arm attach?
__________________
"never lose hope, never lose faith"
Marry is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2018, 07:19 PM   #19
Senior Member
 
Jim Bennett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Calgary, Alberta
Trailer: 2017 Escape 5.0 TA
Posts: 14,220
Quote:
Originally Posted by Marry View Post
Also adjusting the hatch size, in order to fit the arm attach?
Not certain, just that they said they had something worked out.
__________________
2017 Escape 5.0 TA
2015 Ford F150 Lariat 3.5L EcoBoost
2009 Escape 19 (previous)
“Most folks are about as happy as they make up their minds to be.” — Abraham Lincoln
Jim Bennett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-04-2018, 07:51 PM   #20
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 345
Quote:
Originally Posted by Devil Dog View Post
Lets face it the new awning's are wimpy . who wants to stand there ( All Day )and watch your awning all day to see what its going to do next. It's just stupid . I mean ..is it or isn't it . OR will it or won't it. Or Honey what's it doing now It's to funny. Thank goodness I got the old style .

Thanks for that.



I'll try to forget it when we pick up our new 21' in a few weeks...


__________________

__________________
No good deed goes unpunished.
thiggins is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:11 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×