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Old 02-22-2020, 02:26 PM   #41
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I've had both & given the choice, I'd go with the manual awning. The electric is easy, but enough folks have pointed out the disadvantages. When I bought my 21 there was no choice...
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Old 02-26-2020, 10:33 AM   #42
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I'm in the "just glad to have an awning" camp. 2019 Escape 19 with manual awning. Easy to deploy, love the adjust-ability and sure we would like an electric one. I'm of the "more stuff you have, the more stuff will break" mindset so the cheaper manual decision was easy for us. I will say the one they use is of very high quality to others we have ha on other campers.


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On my former RV with electric awning, I found it failed to deploy in extreme heat conditions (100+ F) because the material becomes “sticky”. One side would unfurl but not the other. Not good for the mechanism and a bummer when you need shade. Have others had this problem?
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On my former RV with electric awning, I found it failed to deploy in extreme heat conditions (100+ F) because the material becomes “sticky”. One side would unfurl but not the other. Not good for the mechanism and a bummer when you need shade. Have others had this problem?
It doesn't get much worse than the weather in Houston TX and we haven't had any problems deploying our electric awning. The hottest I have used it was in Las Vegas where it was 117 deg f and it didn't have any sticking problems.
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Old 02-26-2020, 12:49 PM   #45
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It doesn't get much worse than the weather in Houston TX and we haven't had any problems deploying our electric awning. The hottest I have used it was in Las Vegas where it was 117 deg f and it didn't have any sticking problems.
Could be age related. When the plasticizers start breaking down vinyls start becoming very sticky.
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Old 02-26-2020, 01:31 PM   #46
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regular treatment with 303 Aerospace Protectant will do a lot to prevent that stickiness. Also, keeping it clean, and promptly removing tree sap drips and such, prior to applying 303.
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Old 02-26-2020, 02:09 PM   #47
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Love my power awning! We have had 2 manuals and it seems we always found an excuse not to put it out. The power awning is easy in and easy out! When we leave the site for the day we bring it in just incase of wind. Wouldn't have another manual if I had a choice.
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Old 02-26-2020, 04:30 PM   #48
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All of this talk about awnings made me go out and look at my 2013 Escape. Yes, I do have an awning!
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Old 02-26-2020, 06:30 PM   #49
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Our choice had little to do with functionality. For us it's all about storage. The overall sleek design of the electric is the only way we can squeeze it into our sideyard. Our gate would probably take out the manual one. I gain one grey hair with each take off and landing. But grateful to have it close. . -Bea
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All of this talk about awnings made me go out and look at my 2013 Escape. Yes, I do have an awning!
Me too Dave ! Pat
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Our choice had little to do with functionality. For us it's all about storage. The overall sleek design of the electric is the only way we can squeeze it into our sideyard. Our gate would probably take out the manual one. I gain one grey hair with each take off and landing. But grateful to have it close. . -Bea
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Our choice had little to do with functionality. For us it's all about storage. The overall sleek design of the electric is the only way we can squeeze it into our sideyard. Our gate would probably take out the manual one. I gain one grey hair with each take off and landing. But grateful to have it close. . -Bea
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Old 02-26-2020, 07:59 PM   #53
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We have a 2018 19 which came with an electric awning. So far so good no issues and if anything it could be adjusted to not retract so easy. It sheds rain just fine when partially retracted.

EI is located in the wettest part of North America. This is the right place for fiberglass RVs to be popular as leaks and water damage are a significant issue. The electric awning is great for short stays and quick setups. If we are staying here in a group for several days and its going to rain, tarps and ropes are common as it could be days before the sun returns.

Henderson Lake on Vancouver Island receives an annual average of 23 ft of rain. Yes that is feet of rain.

Places With Highest Total Yearly Precipitation Averages in the Contiguous States
Aberdeen Reservoir, Washington, 130.6 inches (3317 millimeters)
Laurel Mountain, Oregon, 122.3 in. (3106 mm)
Forks, Washington, 119.7 in. (3041 mm)
North Fork Nehalem Park, Oregon, 118.9 in. (3020 mm)
Mt Rainier, Paradise Station, Washington, 118.3 in. (3005 mm)
Port Orford, Oregon, 117.9 in. (2995 mm)
Humptulips, Washington, 115.6 in. (2937 mm)
Swift Reservoir, Washington, 112.7 in. (2864 mm)
Naselle, Washington, 112.0 in. (2845 mm)
Clearwater State Park, Washington, 108.9 in. (2766 mm)
Baring, Washington, 106.7 in. (2710 mm)

After owning campers, trailers and motor homes the Escape is the best and driest for the Pacific Northwest. The style of awning is a personal choice for where you live and how you camp Thank you EI for giving us a choice.
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Old 02-26-2020, 09:55 PM   #54
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We have the manual Carefree awning on our 21. The year is 2018. I still prefer the manual option as I have had several travel trailers before the Escape and am quite used to manual awnings. When setup with a slight tilt to one side and anchored with guy ropes, they can withstand pretty strong wind and rain.

The ETI installation of the manual awning is incorrect. The trailer is setup for the power awning with the indentation for it molded into the trailer. And with the indentation for the power awning, the upper mounting point for the manual awning arms are set lower than they should be. The upper mounting point should be on the same plane as the awning. With the ETI installation, the awning does not remain taut through various height adjustments due to the support arms upper mounting point being lower than the mounting point of the awning itself. So, the length of the support arms need to be adjusted anytime you change the elevation.

This is not a deal breaker for me in choosing the manual awning, but it would be nice to have some type of mod available to correct this issue.
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Old 02-26-2020, 11:19 PM   #55
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I have had 3 previous trailers with manual awnings and they were all great. I really wanted to get another manual on our 2019 escape but thought of all the times that I didn't use it because of the set up and take down hassle. So we went with the power awning and just love it. We use it every time we go camping and there are no support bars or posts to walk around or deal with.
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We have the manual Carefree awning on our 21. The year is 2018. I still prefer the manual option as I have had several travel trailers before the Escape and am quite used to manual awnings. When setup with a slight tilt to one side and anchored with guy ropes, they can withstand pretty strong wind and rain.



The ETI installation of the manual awning is incorrect. The trailer is setup for the power awning with the indentation for it molded into the trailer. And with the indentation for the power awning, the upper mounting point for the manual awning arms are set lower than they should be. The upper mounting point should be on the same plane as the awning. With the ETI installation, the awning does not remain taut through various height adjustments due to the support arms upper mounting point being lower than the mounting point of the awning itself. So, the length of the support arms need to be adjusted anytime you change the elevation.



This is not a deal breaker for me in choosing the manual awning, but it would be nice to have some type of mod available to correct this issue.


The second gen trailer molds were designed specifically for electric awnings. For awhile manual awnings weren’t even an option. Once ETI brought them back, optionally, they had to adapt their mounting to the electric-awning-shaped shell.
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Old 02-27-2020, 01:26 AM   #57
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On my former RV with electric awning, I found it failed to deploy in extreme heat conditions (100+ F) because the material becomes “sticky”. One side would unfurl but not the other. Not good for the mechanism and a bummer when you need shade. Have others had this problem?
No problem so far, a week in Moab and another in Joshua Tree NP, worked fine at temps. above 100.
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Old 02-27-2020, 09:29 AM   #58
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With the manual awning, it is easy to use a sun screen. We often use a screen the length of the awning or on the side to provide shade. I'm not sure if you can use a sun screen with the electric awning?
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Four: it has been know that the little brush attached to the awning box may not clean the twigs and stuff off the top well enough when closing. Someone had an acorn enter the housing and completely destroy the material. So if you are camped under trees you might want to use your ladder and inspect the top before each time you close it.
We have the power awning and love it, yes we would buy it again.

We did have an acorn get by us, it didn't do much damage, just a small pin hole. We have the 5.0 and the awning is quite high, I do have a telescoping ladder but seldom use it, if we did we would lose the "convenience" of having a power awning.
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... The overall sleek design of the electric is the only way we can squeeze it into our sideyard. Our gate would probably take out the manual one. I gain one grey hair with each take off and landing. But grateful to have it close. . -Bea
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