Originally Posted by Jon in AZ
Curious what brand and style of automatic awning Escape
Forgive my unkind acronym. I see it's been used liberally on other forum threads; let's call it a Producer of Sorrow.
We have a Dometic 9500. The manual states that:
This awning is designed with a water shed feature that automatically lowers one side of awning during light rain to allow water run off.
This water shed feature is meant for light rain only.
In my experience it has collected a huge pool of water with no reaction. The frame is entirely cantilevered with no provisions for further support. This places very high stresses on the awning frame, the attachment to the trailer, and the trailer at the point of connection.
It's also supposed to auto-retract in the wind. I've no experience with this. Reace posted on the Escape
forum on 4/2/17:
I was playing with the awning in the rain the other day...because it just hasn't stopped raining...
With the awning fully extended, water will collect in the centre and build up until it gets too heavy and dumps. You have to have faith as it fills quite a bit before it finally lets go.
I then retracted the awning about 2' and it sheds the water without it collecting. Left it for a few hours in heavy rain...and nothing!
Give that a try
Something else I was playing with in the show room...
I removed the batteries from the wind sensor...and waited to see exactly how long it took for the awning to realized that the batteries were dead and close. It is supposed to pick this up...
After 8 hours I figured it wasn't going to sense this...
I will contact Dometic about this...but in the mean time...I recommend testing the wind sensor regularly
One cannot simply adjust this awning to remain at a steeper angle to shed rain as I did with the Fiamma on the Casita
. I mistrust things that are supposed to work auto-magically, but don't.
From the Escape
ETI posted on Facebook today:
There will be some minor changes to the Escape Travel Trailer for 2019.
These changes will include the return of the Carefree Fiesta Manual Awning with Arms as a standard feature.
Effective January 1, 2019 we will no longer be offering the Dometic Power Awning. This change will see the base price of the trailer reduced by $700.00cdn to reflect the difference in cost between the two awnings.
I have some awning poles from REI, and a number of tarps, etc. I'm liking what KC did.
Escape refused to install the manual awning when we ordered, though they had apparently done so previously for others. The Dometic will remain there on the trailer for the present. But, once I get my round-to-it, there will be further investigations, with appropriate consequences to follow...