Hail Damage - Holes in Manual Carefree Awning - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Escape Tech > Maintenance, Winterizing and Routine Care
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 04-21-2020, 11:59 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
huskersteffy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Trailer: April 2016 21' "Ramble On"
Posts: 180
Hail Damage - Holes in Manual Carefree Awning

We got some good sized hail in Lincoln Nebraska a couple of weeks back. My trailer is parked in my driveway w/o any cover. I checked the roof after it hailed and did not notice any damage. However, today I unfurled my manual (Carefree) awning to clean it and noticed three holes (i.e., small rips) at the top where it connects to the camper. I surmise this was due to the hail.

I see several brands of RV awning repair tape on line. Also found a You Tube video where clear gorilla tape was used.

Anyone have experience or recommendation for what product to use for a patch?
__________________

__________________
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt
huskersteffy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2020, 12:13 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,650
Amazon has awning repair tape for $16 from Camco. Camping World quotes $21.

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Awning-.../dp/B005SB6Q2W
__________________

__________________
"We gotta get as far away as we can!"
- Russell Casse, Independence Day
Rossue is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2020, 12:41 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
dfandrews's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Ventura County, California
Trailer: 2015 Escape 17A -- "The Pullman"
Posts: 1,965
Quote:
Originally Posted by Rossue View Post
Amazon has awning repair tape for $16 from Camco. Camping World quotes $21.

https://www.amazon.com/Camco-Awning-.../dp/B005SB6Q2W

Stefan,
I would go with Ross's suggestion. It's better to use a tape that is specifically for the awning fix. Some general-purpose tapes can ooze glue along the edges, effectively gluing each layer of the rolled up awning to the next; no good.
__________________
Don & Teresa
2015 17A: 2011 Honda Pilot
In Orbe Terrum Non Visi / RLTW
dfandrews is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2020, 01:25 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
paulw's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Marysville, Washington
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21 & Chevy Silverado 5.3L EcoTec
Posts: 641
Quote:
Originally Posted by huskersteffy View Post
We got some good sized hail in Lincoln Nebraska a couple of weeks back. .... noticed three holes (i.e., small rips) at the top where it connects to the camper. I surmise this was due to the hail. ....
Do you think the fabric was weakened from UV where it's exposed along the top.
I was cleaning mine last week - no holes, but was wondering how long the fabric typically lasts. I do hit it with some 303 spray once a year or so.
__________________
Paul, Norma & Tashi
2014 Escape 21 & Chevy Silverado 5.3L EcoTec
paulw is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2020, 03:06 PM   #5
Senior Member
 
huskersteffy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Trailer: April 2016 21' "Ramble On"
Posts: 180
I might try the gorilla tape since the holes are on the horizontal part where it connects to the trailer. I suppose UV could have something to do with it, although we did get marble sized hail.

I was researching awning covers and some DIY folks make them out of corrugated pipe. I had a downspout extension laying around and tried it out as an experiment (see pics). It looks fine from the ground but up on the step ladder you can see my finger pointing to the hole and the problem with this solution. There is a good 3-4" of awning exposed in the horizontal where it attaches to the trailer. I'm thinking that any pure circular type pipe solution won't help because of this.

Oboy... don't want to start another electric vs manual discussion but yeah, electric ones have a cover.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg Rip2.jpg (146.7 KB, 31 views)
File Type: jpg Rip1.jpg (69.6 KB, 25 views)
__________________
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt
huskersteffy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2020, 03:20 PM   #6
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Central, Pennsylvania
Trailer: Escape#4, 2019 Escape21 DejaView pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 21,901
I bought one of those covers, it is oversize PVC pipe you slip over the awning. It did not cover that little strip from the awning to the awning rail and was a PITA on/off, gave it away to and other forum member.
__________________
Jim
Due to the pandemic, my life now exists of only 3 days, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Everything else has been forgotten!
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-21-2020, 09:26 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
rubicon327's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Burlington Twp., New Jersey
Trailer: 2010 Escape 19
Posts: 3,920
Quote:
Originally Posted by cpaharley2008 View Post
It did not cover that little strip from the awning to the awning rail and was a PITA on/off, gave it away to and other forum member.
Before or after you told him how bad it works?!
__________________
One way to get the most out of life is to look upon it as an adventure.― W.F.
rubicon327 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2020, 07:55 AM   #8
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Central, Pennsylvania
Trailer: Escape#4, 2019 Escape21 DejaView pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 21,901
He has never mentioned it to me again? I assume it is not in use.
__________________
Jim
Due to the pandemic, my life now exists of only 3 days, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Everything else has been forgotten!
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2020, 08:54 AM   #9
Senior Member
 
fudge_brownie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: Janesville, WI, Wisconsin
Trailer: Escape 19 (sold) Escape 21 2014
Posts: 1,530
My complaint about the manual awning is, it is always is wet. After being parked outside or driving down the highway in rain it seems when unfurling the awning it is always wet. The streaks of mold are a result.

Can this constant wet, coupled with the sun accelerate awning deterioration?
__________________
Paul and Janet Braun
2003 Toyota 4Runner V8 now 2012 Toyota Sequoia V8
Escape 19' 2010 now 2014 Escape 21'
fudge_brownie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2020, 12:13 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
huskersteffy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Trailer: April 2016 21' "Ramble On"
Posts: 180
Quote:
My complaint about the manual awning is, it is always is wet. After being parked outside or driving down the highway in rain it seems when unfurling the awning it is always wet. The streaks of mold are a result.
I have used this cleaning method for mold. Easy and works great.

__________________
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt
huskersteffy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2020, 12:43 PM   #11
Senior Member
 
gbaglo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: North Vancouver, British Columbia
Trailer: 2009 Escape 17B - "Toad". '08 Toyota RAV4 V6
Posts: 14,649
I wouldn't do that.

2 parts bleach to 10 parts water is a strong solution.
The instructions on my Carefree Fiesta say to only use mild soap, water and a soft brush.
I once used Scrubbing Bubbles, which contains bleach, and this is what it did to my t-shirt after I sprayed the underside of the awning.
Bleach is really good for rotting thread.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg shirt.jpg (217.5 KB, 7 views)
__________________
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 offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2020, 01:32 PM   #12
Senior Member
 
dfandrews's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Ventura County, California
Trailer: 2015 Escape 17A -- "The Pullman"
Posts: 1,965
When I wash the trailer after a trip, I unfurl the awning, and wash it as well. Then it drys in the sun, with occasional wiping with a dry rag to help.
If there is evidence of mold, I add a glug of bleach to the gallon of wash water.
5 years and counting; no problem.
__________________
Don & Teresa
2015 17A: 2011 Honda Pilot
In Orbe Terrum Non Visi / RLTW
dfandrews is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2020, 02:29 PM   #13
Senior Member
 
huskersteffy's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2015
Location: Lincoln, Nebraska
Trailer: April 2016 21' "Ramble On"
Posts: 180
Quote:
I once used Scrubbing Bubbles, which contains bleach, and this is what it did to my t-shirt after I sprayed the underside of the awning.
Bleach is really good for rotting thread.
Haha! Yea that's what my T-Shirt looked like the first time I tried.
__________________
Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.
Theodore Roosevelt
huskersteffy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-22-2020, 02:34 PM   #14
Bea
Senior Member
 
Bea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Northern California, California
Trailer: 2019 Escape 21
Posts: 286
I've had good results keeping my awnings clean and mold/mildew free with a product called Simple Green. Great stuff. It was the only product that I was allowed to use on our previous tent trailer canvases, to not void the warranty. Now I'm hooked. -Bea
__________________

Bea is online now   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 01:27 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2020, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.
×