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Old 08-29-2020, 09:49 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by Jackie in Indiana View Post
Can I ask why you prefer the manual awning? We are getting an Escape 5.0TA and my husband is super excited about the power one since it will retract on its own if needed... Eager to hear your experience!
My personal experience with the power awning has admittedly been limited because the first time we deployed it it filled with rainwater and threatened to fail.

I mistrusted the power awning and requested the manual one when our Escape 21 was built in late 2017. However, we apparently fell into a narrow window of time when Escape would not provide and install the manual awning, although they apparently did this both before and after our build.


I fundamentally mistrust the "cantilever" structural attachment to the trailer reasoning that a high wind or rain load could damage the trailer or the awning.

I now will occasionally deploy the awning about three feet to serve as a "porch roof" over the door, but I rarely extend it any further.

I have seriously considered going to a manual awning or a keder rail style, but won't be able to pursue this until next year due to the number of other projects I currently have on my plate.

I've also read recently on the Escape trailer forum how one of the manual awning's support rails can interfere with opening one of the awning windows; I'm not clear what trailer model or windows this issue affects.

I suggest researching the issues on the Escape forum.
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