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Old 06-06-2021, 10:46 AM   #1
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Adjusting pitch for Electric Awning

Good morning from Ontario.

After two years of saving and researching we have finally placed a deposit for a 5.0 TA!

Now comes the tough part ... Deciding what options to choose for our build.

We have pulled an older fifth wheel with a manual awning for many years and are seriously considering breaking away from our comfort zone by choosing the Dometic 9500E awning. It seems, to us anyway, that the Escape's fiberglass mould was specifically designed to 'fit' with this awning.

We've read the pros and cons about awning choices on this forum and understand that the debate can go on and on about electric vs manual awnings and these considerations will likely haunt us until we put pen to paper on our build sheet.

So, I'm just going to stick to one question for now:

The Dometic 9500E installation manual indicates that the factory setting is set to a 5 degree pitch but the awning can be adjusted up to a 15 degree pitch. From the photos I've seen on the Escape Industries website, it appears that they are sticking to the factory setting of 5 degrees ... Has anyone adjusted the pitch on their Dometic 9500E cassette awning? And if so, what is the maximum setting possible for proper door clearance on the 5.0TA.

I'd appreciate any insight about this.

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Old 06-06-2021, 12:10 PM   #2
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... we have finally placed a deposit for a 5.0 TA! ... It seems, to us anyway, that the Escape's fiberglass mould was specifically designed to 'fit' with this [power] awning.
While all of the current Escape bumper-pull models do have a recess in the mould tailored for the power awning option, please note that the 5.0 does not. Due to its higher and sloping roof line both the manual awning and the power awning option are simply surface-mounted to the flat vertical side of the 5.0 trailer. Attached are some build-pics to illustrate, the first two being the same trailer with the power awning.

Just FYI in case that bears on your decision.

Congrats on the order and Have Fun with the configuration process!
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Old 06-06-2021, 01:11 PM   #3
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While all of the current Escape bumper-pull models do have a recess in the mould tailored for the power awning option, please note that the 5.0 does not. Due to its higher and sloping roof line both the manual awning and the power awning option are simply surface-mounted to the flat vertical side of the 5.0 trailer. Attached are some build-pics to illustrate, the first two being the same trailer with the power awning.

Just FYI in case that bears on your decision.

Congrats on the order and Have Fun with the configuration process!
I actually did forget that the 5.0TA has a straight wall above the door.
That may very well have some influence on our final decision, especially once my husband sees your pictures. Most of the images of newer 5.0s we've been able to find have the electric awnings. It's nice to see both options for comparison.
Thank you Centex!
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No worries, another FYI:

I found the forum's build-pic thread "It's Friday! - 2017 and beyond!" to be a cornucopia of useful insights and inspiration during my months after deposit leading to final configuration (downloaded tons of pics like those above for easy continued review as I learned more and my thinking evolved along the way)

Have Fun!
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No worries, another FYI:

I found the forum's build-pic thread "It's Friday! - 2017 and beyond!" to be a cornucopia of useful insights and inspiration during my months after deposit leading to final configuration (downloaded tons of pics like those above for easy continued review as I learned more and my thinking evolved along the way)

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That's awesome! Thanks again.
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