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Old 03-26-2020, 02:56 PM   #61
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Love this idea! Do you have any photos you can show off your masterpiece?
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Old 03-26-2020, 04:49 PM   #62
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Curious what brand and style of automatic awning Escape used?
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

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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 forum, 7/12/18:
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...
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:23 PM   #63
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Forgive my unkind acronym. I see it's been used liberally on other forum threads; let's call it a Producer of Sorrow.
No apology required. I knew you would not use such a phrase lightly. Unnecessary complexity begets unintended consequences. Those cantilevered awnings should only be installed on conventional framed trailers, IMO. Sorry to hear of your troubles.
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Old 03-26-2020, 05:50 PM   #64
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How did you remove the original awning without damaging the fiberglass?
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Old 03-26-2020, 06:01 PM   #65
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How did you remove the original awning without damaging the fiberglass?
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I'll provide an extra answer to that one. By necessity I did damage the fiberglass, no way around it. I then had a super competent fiberglass technician fully restore the fiberglass before installing the new awning. Not cheap but worth it to have a rugged awning that I have full confidence in.

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Old 03-26-2020, 09:19 PM   #66
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Love this idea! Do you have any photos you can show off your masterpiece?
Not at the moment, my trailer is up on ramps, parked between a van and a big cargo trailer. I am working finishing up the interior renovation. Waiting for warmer and drier weather before I put the solar panel up on the roof.



It will roll off the ramps sometimes this summer



No real hurry now to get it done for for spring camping as all the camping places in Washington State are closed down and likely to remain that way for some months to come.
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Old 03-27-2020, 12:13 AM   #67
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This site is where I got the idea for the awning track hangers I use. https://www.popupportal.com/threads/...hangers.63064/


I also bought a package of large wood beads that I use on para cord to pull the awning tight to the end of the track. Track on my 13 ft is 7'8" that leaves a bit of room on each end for a piece of paracord from the bead that wedges into the end of the track to loop into the end grommet and anchor it to the end of the track. That line of paracord to the bead is in addition to the metal tube and washer hanger in that same corner grommet.

I use two types of poles. Expensive shock corded aluminum poles. Have 2 for when I use the 10x12 foot tarp and the corners are past the ends of the camper. These are Kelty or similar. About 3/4 inch and very sturdy.

My outer poles are just the $7 aluminum poles that telescope out. The top of the pole fits inside the bottom. The tip goes through a grommet. The guy rope loops over the pole tip. So the tarp is held down on the pole tip by the guy rope. I did cut a small amount off of the inner pole so they would collapse to a touch shorter length. I also added rubber cane tips to the bottom. The plastic caps that come on them are good for about 20 minutes of use. Without a cap the inner tube can drop out the bottom when carrying them.



There is also this person who makes excellent awnings with a rope in the hem that allows it to slide into the awning track. May get one of them one of these days for fancy dress up.

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Is An Awning an Important Feature?

Martiís Awnings is another supplier of rope-and-pole awnings. Iíve heard good things from others, but no personal experience.

Personally, I donít care for awnings that require guy lines for support. Lots of places- from pavement to exposed bedrock to sand- donít take and/or hold stakes too well.
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Marti's Vintage Trailer Awnings

Pretty reasonable prices too.

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