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Old 07-14-2014, 03:14 PM   #1
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How to replace the awning strap on the bedroom window for a Carefree awning

Quick project this time.

The loop on the awning strap on the bedroom awning broke off.

Went to An RV store and to my surprise they had on hand the correct strap from my awning manufacturer (CareFree). I did not go to CW because of the current problems which they still have not taken responsibilities for (description of CW problem).



The awning will not stay down without the loop on the end of this strap.



The instructions on the back of the replacement strap say 1)Roll awning out. 2)Move to one end of the awning and drill out the rivets attaching the end cap to the roller tube. 3)Slide end cap off of the roller tube. 3) slide the attached 3" vinyl bead into the open slot of the roller tube. 4) Rerivet the end cap to the roller tube.

Before you do that make sure you 1) have a rivet gun



2) It has the right size hole in the nozzle. This is an old Sears Craftsman rivet gun and has two different size nozzles, the large one is the correct one. If you do not have one I will propose a second method of doing this install at the end of this post.





On to the install.

To hold the awning down so I could work on it I used a ratchet strap.



This is the rivet in the end cap that must be drilled out.



This is the Window awning kit with the strap and the two rivets.



There will be two rivets 180 degrees apart on the roller tube, this is the one on the bottom.



Use a drill about the size of the rivet head and drill the head of the rivet out (the spring inside the tube will not unwind when both rivets are drilled out and the awning is held down in place by the ratchet strap.



And this is what it looks like with the rivet removed.



Now to drill out the top rivet.



Slide the end cap off the roller tube.



Slide the old strap out of the roller tube.



Now slide the new bead on the new strap into the slot on the roller tube (this takes a little juggling but is not hard).



Slide the end cap back onto the roller tube (again you do not have to worry about the spring unwinding as the other end of the awning is strapped down and cannot move).



Line up the holes in the roller tube with the slots in the end cap.



Insert the top replacement rivet.



I have always made it a practice to get all the fasteners in place before tightening anything, so the bottom rivet goes in place.



Now for the magic, bring out the pop rivet gun and cinch the rivets up.



Now the bottom one.



With a new strap that has a loop in the end of it the awning now can be deployed.



Do a test and roll it up and down a couple of times to make sure it is straight.







Ok...now for the promised second method.

If you do not have a rivet gun or do not want to drill out the rivets, what you can do is at one end or the other (and this is how the manual big awning worked on my MH before it was replaced with an electric one) take a Dremel tool with a conical bit and widen the slot in the roller tube for a length of 2 1/2 inches wide enough to accept the bead on the end of the pull strap. Slide the old strap down to the slot you just made and it will come out, slide the new strap bead into the slot and slide it to the center of the roller tube. So long as the strap is keep in the center of the tube and not at the end where you widened the slot it will never come out. If you need to replace it again, just slide it down to the end and it will come out and you can install the new one with no tools.





Just a thought.
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Thanks for this write-up, I have a strap for a window under my bigger awning which isn't long enough. Not sure if it was ever used by the PO but it won't reach the hook and I wanted to replace it. This gives me the steps to do that and I thank you for that!
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Thanks for this write-up, I have a strap for a window under my bigger awning which isn't long enough. Not sure if it was ever used by the PO but it won't reach the hook and I wanted to replace it. This gives me the steps to do that and I thank you for that!

The Carefree awning strap is 26 inches long if that helps. Also be careful with the main awning as I do not know how that spring is held in place. This was for one of the bedroom windows.

Look at the ends of the awning roller there may be a slot to remove the strap as there was in my main awning.
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Has anyone ever tried to use a drill at a angle to make a channel for the strap to slide in and out.
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Has anyone ever tried to use a drill at a angle to make a channel for the strap to slide in and out.
I would NOT DO THAT as the drill will catch in the slot. Use a high speed Dermal tool with a conical grinding bit (tapered sandpaper cone) and you will have great luck and end up with a nice smooth slot to slide the bread on the strap into. When I first looked at this project that is what I was going to do.
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Has anyone ever tried to use a drill at a angle to make a channel for the strap to slide in and out.
That is exactly what I did. It took all of 5 minutes to drill outward close to one end, slide the strap in and pull it to the middle.
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My awnings have the slot open at the end to slide the new strap in place.

I replaced all of the window awning straps when I bought the RV a month ago now I need to replace the strap on the main awning also.
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