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Old 01-16-2019, 02:50 PM   #21
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Welcome, Bea, from another nor cal escape owner. I know you’ll love your new trailer.
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Old 01-17-2019, 02:48 PM   #22
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The feedback on getting a cheap, non-sinusoidal inverter was right on.

I think this one will work better - the GIANDEL 300Watt Pure Sine Wave Car Power Inverter.

https://www.amazon.com/GIANDEL-300Wa...ywords=GIANDEL

I don't intend to use an inverter for high power items such as microwave or coffee maker. All I need is something modest to charge a laptop or other small electronics that don't have 12volt options. The cost is nice - only $63.
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Old 01-17-2019, 04:07 PM   #23
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Check these guys- found them (Craig Marston) great to work with and very knowledgeable. A Samlex 120W Pure Sine Wave + cigarette-cord set with plug for $99 sounds pretty good.
https://www.donrowe.com/Samlex-PST-1...pst-120-12.htm
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Old 01-28-2019, 10:58 PM   #24
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Hi Rossue - After looking into the Samlex inverters, I am impressed. I may end up getting the $149 300W version (https://www.donrowe.com/Samlex-PST-3...pst-300-12.htm)
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Sounds like a great list. we have the electric awning and we deeply regret it.
We have had the manual one in the past and wanted the luxury of pushing a button to get it in and out, but now rarely use the electric one at all because of several factors. The support arms and able to tilt it with rain and also making sure no twigs have fallen on it while camping is what we miss. The electronic one goes straight out and one time we rolled up twigs on it unaware which stretched it out. Now i have to stand on a picnic table so I can see the top of the awning before I roll it in, Also a light rain stretched it out and we had to replace the whole awning. So beware when you use yours. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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we have the electric awning and we deeply regret it. We have had the manual one in the past and wanted the luxury of pushing a button to get it in and out, but now rarely use the electric one at all because of several factors. The support arms and able to tilt it with rain and also making sure no twigs have fallen on it while camping is what we miss. The electronic one goes straight out and one time we rolled up twigs on it unaware which stretched it out. Now i have to stand on a picnic table so I can see the top of the awning before I roll it in, Also a light rain stretched it out and we had to replace the whole awning. So beware when you use yours. Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
Not trying to spark an awning debate again, but there is a reason that ETI went back to the manual as standard with the electric now an option. The Carefree Fiesta may not be as convenient, but it is bullet proof. With the forum advice and experience everyone can make their own decision. Good to have choices.
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:18 AM   #27
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Here is your bullet proof awning, happened on the way home from Osoyoos one year in Montana....notice the security straps ineffectiveness.
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:26 AM   #28
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Had the same thing happen to us when we brought our 21. Home from the factory in Sept. carefree sent us a new cover and a replacement locking end. Changed out easily but a nussaunce. Both types manual or electric have their pros n cons. It’s just a mater of preference. Bottom line we all enjoy going out camping and enjoying the outdoors
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For 11 years, owning a Scamp (6) and a Casita (5) the one regret we had was not being able to sit underneath an awning when it's raining. Then we went back to stickies with awnings and a Bigfoot with awning and realized any camper from that point forward would have an awning we could sit under in the rain. We purchased the Carefree manual awning and have already sat in the rain making food on our grill and/or just lounging number of times.

Neither awning is bulletproof. For every manual awning that has unfurled going down the road (we had that happen once, our fault though) an electric awning has collapsed from the rain or been ruined by sticks, etc.

That's our reasoning. Those who purchase the electric awning have their reasons that work for them. In the end you try to make the choice that works best for you.

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Right from the Carefree manual "Awnings are designed to provide shade and protection from
the sun. The effects of wind and rain on an awning are unpredictable and can cause severe damage to the awning and/or the vehicle. If wind or extended periods of rain are expected, roll up the awning"
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Old 01-29-2019, 09:57 AM   #31
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IF the manual unraveling is a concern, you can buy a solution. OR, I've seen one made out of a foot long piece of PVC that just snapped over the awning
https://www.amazon.com/Camco-42556-A.../dp/B00GYM17W8
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Old 01-29-2019, 10:04 AM   #32
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We got these from Little House Customs for $12.
https://littlehousecustoms.com/store.html#gen
Search for AWNING SAFETY TRAVEL STRAP.
Apologies for hijacking the thread with an issue that has been discussed and argued, tit-for-tat, throughout this forum. It’s up to the OP, and probably has reasons for choosing.

The electric awning is more expensive because it’s probably more costly to manufacture.
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I'm pretty sure that you can avoid having your manual awning open on its own if you keep the pull strap away from the open/close switch. I think that strap, flailing in the wind while travelling is what is causing the problem.
For extra security, I use a length of Velcro at the top of the awning arms. You can buy Velcro by the roll or in bulk.
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Right from the Carefree manual "Awnings are designed to provide shade and protection from
the sun. The effects of wind and rain on an awning are unpredictable and can cause severe damage to the awning and/or the vehicle. If wind or extended periods of rain are expected, roll up the awning"
Yes, I would expect every awning maker to have this disclaimer. We're not going to have the awning out in hurricanes or tornado's and would think others would know that. We have sat underneath heavy rain dozens of times without problems. Now when you add heavy wind the awning is retracted and we go shopping or to the movies. It's really quite simple.

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Old 01-29-2019, 10:32 AM   #35
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I'm pretty sure that you can avoid having your manual awning open on its own if you keep the pull strap away from the open/close switch. I think that strap, flailing in the wind while travelling is what is causing the problem.
For extra security, I use a length of Velcro at the top of the awning arms. You can buy Velcro by the roll or in bulk.
Glenn, your straps would be more effective if they were secured to the roof awning bracket.
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I can fasten the straps at eye level and then push them up to the top. The two parts of the arm are held together with the Velcro so they cannot open.
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Thank you one and all for your valuable insight into the awnings. You are all the bearer of good news in this regard, to help us make the right choice for us so thank you! Great pics, Jim!

Our past trailers had cumbersome manual awnings that required 2 people to set up and take down. Because of that, we normally left it set up the whole time during our stay, anchored it and tilted one side for rain. If strong winds picked up, then of course we would put it away, sometimes at 3AM (ugh). After 2 decades of this, the golden buttons on the Dometic awning remote in ETI's show room shined oh so bright!

However, we realize with our new electric awning we will need to change our awning habits and not keep it open all the time like we used to. It will be more for sun now, good point, Jim. Thank you Quilting Lady, for pointing out that we will need to look on top before closing. Just curious if anyone keeps it open just a foot or two in light rain as we go in and out during the day?

Ease of use, however, isn't the only reason we went with the Dometic awning. We store our trailer in our side yard, and our gate is not very wide. Our new Escape will be the same width as our previous trailers so I know it will fit, however when I look at the pictures of the manual Carefree awning, the fixed arms on the side are a bit concerning to me. Looks like even the newer straight arm style on the Gen 2 body adds a few more inches to the width of the trailer and for me, every inch counts. Our side yard is by far the hardest place to back into - but it's free!

Before we finalized our sheet we asked ETI twice about installing a different awning - The Freedom Carefree wall mount awning: https://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/p...all-mount.html

This awning looks like it would be the best of both that ETI has to offer. It looks similar to the Dometic, encased in a nice hard cover on top but once open the legs pop out and they can be set on the ground or attached to the trailer on one or both sides. This Carefree Freedom awning can also be ordered as a manual or electric. Since ETI orders from Carefree already, we hoped they would be willing to have us send up this one and install this Freedom awning instead of the Fiesta one but they declined twice. We understand.

Perhaps, with the electric Dometic, we might be able to switch to the electric Carefree Freedom some day but for now we'll give the Dometic a shot. When it rains, we'll bring our chairs and join you under your manual awnings. Thanks again for all your comments on both sides!
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Glenn, your straps would be more effective if they were secured to the roof awning bracket.

I have to agree with you, Jim.
If the straps are only around the two parts of the arm, they can migrate down the arm while under way, and become relatively ineffective.
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Old 01-29-2019, 01:49 PM   #39
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i keep my electric awning open in rain but half way and i close it at night or if I'm leaving the trailer. i bought an inexpensive blower at camping world to blow leaves twigs off it if i need to but I haven't used it yet.
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I have to agree with you, Jim.
If the straps are only around the two parts of the arm, they can migrate down the arm while under way, and become relatively ineffective.

They could, but haven't. There is a slight bend in the arms close to the top that helps keep them in place.
I've already ensured that the locks are secure and the knobs are tight. Don't really need the Velcro if those steps are done correctly.
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