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  1. I have a 2012 Ford Escape. Fried the transmission while towing it, and Ford replaced it. I have always followed the their limits of under 65 MPH and start and run through the gears for 5 minutes every 6 hours. So, now I am paranoid, and stop every 2 or 3 hours and start it. Just got home from a 7000+ mile cross country trip and so far its been good, but I'm just waiting for it to go out again, as I have heard lots of disaster stories re the Escape (especially that Ford no longer has faith in their product and will no longer cover towed transmissions under their warranty - this alone speaks volumes).
  2. I HAD MY 15 FOOT AWNING BILLOW OUT A FEW FEET BECAUSE OF A STRONG CROSS WIND. Stopped at a hardware store - got a 50 foot piece of nylon rope - wrapped it all the way over and around the motorhome at the center of the awning and that fixed the problem. I have since poked two small holes through the narrow canvas strip at 1/3 and 2/3 from the end - lace 18 inches of small diameter nylon twine through - knots on both sides so the twine won't fall out (need to do this with the awning out) - then with the awning rolled up the twine wraps around the awning and is tied (need to get on ladder or on roof to do this). I also wrap a Velcro strap through the upper mounting bracket and around the top of the extension arms.
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