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Old 06-06-2016, 01:46 PM   #61
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But maybe they could offer a special order option. Of course I would expect an additional charge. Just wishing.

And the alternative of replacing our awning fabric afterwards doesn't sound very fun.
The logistics of this likely just aren't worth the extra troubles, especially when they are struggling to keep up with the demand on production.

Not sure on the new style, but I changed my David on the old style. A couple hours work, but nothing too tough.
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Old 06-06-2016, 01:50 PM   #62
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But maybe they could offer a special order option. Of course I would expect an additional charge. Just wishing.



And the alternative of replacing our awning fabric afterwards doesn't sound very fun.

Not that I would replace it, but it's actually very easy to replace the fabric. It's held in to the roller slot by a long plastic strip, and held to the side of the trailer by sliding through the C Channel.


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Old 06-06-2016, 01:57 PM   #63
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Not that I would replace it, but it's actually very easy to replace the fabric. It's held in to the roller slot by a long plastic strip, and held to the side of the trailer by sliding through the C Channel.


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Good to know - one person job? Does that also apply to the new Carefree awning? Are they all sort of built the same when it comes to changing the fabric? I've never really studied the Casita's Fiama awning.
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I don't know of a "new" Carefree awning Dave, unless you're talking about the new power awning for 2017 - which is a Dometic, not a Carefree.

But, all the Carefree manual awnings work basically the same as far as a fabric change. The replacement fabric doesn't even have to be from Carefree, as long as it has the bead for the C-channel sewn on one side, and is the proper length and width. And yeah, definitely can be done by one person with no difficulty.


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I don't know of a "new" Carefree awning Dave, unless you're talking about the new power awning for 2017 - which is a Dometic, not a Carefree.
That's the point of this thread: it starts with the report that Escape is switching to Carefree, from the previously announced Dometic.
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That's the point of this thread: it starts with the report that Escape is switching to Carefree, from the previously announced Dometic.

Wow, had no idea. Should have read the first post. Got it confused with the thread about switching to a power awning for 2017. That's what happens when you're having too much fun camping.


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That's what happens when you're having too much fun camping.
You are forgiven. Your mind is still in vacation mode.
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And it's no wonder he's a little dis-oriented. I saw them Big Bend pictures.
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I don't know of a "new" Carefree awning Dave, unless you're talking about the new power awning for 2017 - which is a Dometic, not a Carefree.

But, all the Carefree manual awnings work basically the same as far as a fabric change. The replacement fabric doesn't even have to be from Carefree, as long as it has the bead for the C-channel sewn on one side, and is the proper length and width. And yeah, definitely can be done by one person with no difficulty.


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Thanks! The Carefree info was what I was looking for. I have a feeling my "Director of Trailer Operations and Furnishings" is thinking of a non-beige color at some time in the future. It will probably (definitely) fall on the "Trailer Maintence Specialist" to make the DoTO & F's wishes come true. 😳
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Just add it to your list.....I keep one of these in my trailer and will point to it when the need arises...
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Old 06-07-2016, 07:31 AM   #71
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Fifteen years ago or so, Dometic and Carefree used the colored pattern on the bottom of the awning. You saw it when you sat on your patio because it was right above your head. Now (as far as I know) the color and pattern are on the top side. You only see it when looking down on it, like from a 2nd story window, mountain top or when you drop the awning to sweep off leaves etc. Yes, the fringe is the same color, but that color faces out... once again you don't see the color unless looking back at the trailer.


The beige or tan isn't my favorite color, but it's a good color for the awning as it helps hide dirt/dust, etc. which all awnings seem to attract. Worrying about the color of the awning is one of the very last things I was concerned about during Ten Forward's build. YMMV
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Fifteen years ago or so, Dometic and Carefree used the colored pattern on the bottom of the awning. You saw it when you sat on your patio because it was right above your head. Now (as far as I know) the color and pattern are on the top side. You only see it when looking down on it, like from a 2nd story window, mountain top or when you drop the awning to sweep off leaves etc. Yes, the fringe is the same color, but that color faces out... once again you don't see the color unless looking back at the trailer.
Oh, well, this is good info to know. thanks!
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Krista sent email today saying they have gone back to dometic awning.
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Old 08-29-2016, 08:45 PM   #74
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Krista sent email today saying they have gone back to dometic awning.
Hmmmmm i wonder why.

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Old 08-29-2016, 09:55 PM   #75
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Somehow I'm not surprised. I asked several times about the model #'s of the Carefree they were going to install and they said they didn't have that information.

FWIW the Dometic looks better based on research I did. The question is whether they will offer a manual option, but at this point I've decided to just go with the standard automatic version due to the lack of any discount if you take the manual option.
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Will the power Dometic have side arms or be like the power Carefree?
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Will the power Dometic have side arms or be like the power Carefree?
The Dometic is what Reace first used with the new design. It has no support arms. It was heavily discussed. In my phone now, so can't easily search for the thread.

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Will the power Dometic have side arms or be like the power Carefree?
It is the Dometic 9500 Power Case Awning, and it is what appears in photos of the new style trailers, with no vertical arms.
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The new awning is an important element, and because of that, there seems to be alot of concern. But, I think Escape will go with what works best, and what can be supplied and serviced best. If I'm waiting for a build, whether the awning is Carefree or Dometic is probably not one of my concerns. They know what they're doing over there.

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I really like the carefree awning on my classic, now that I know how to properly deploy it
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