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Old 11-29-2014, 11:08 AM   #1
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Awning Replacement, DIY or give up?

A couple of my awnings (factory) are shot. The PO's duct tape and patches are failing and they look like crap. I would like to replace, but I do not want to spend thousands on this rig - as I hope to upgrade in a few years to a diesel pusher (I hope). I am worried that this may be far beyond my skills and patience, but our local RV repair place charges amazing high rates. I guess I could just live with it or try to re-patch. Open to suggestions.

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Old 11-29-2014, 11:16 AM   #2
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Check Colaw RV parts & salvage. They may have used. Patio awning is 2 man job. Window awnings is DIY.
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We replaced ours last Summer. We purchased the awning fabric from PPL Motorhomes of Houston, Tx. There are also videos instructing you on how to do it. It is a two man job.

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Old 11-30-2014, 06:14 PM   #4
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Thanks guys - I will get a local estimate, but if too crazy I will try to tackle it with a friend. On our T-giving trip, they really started to fly apart. Is it worth trying to get one of those covers for the awning?
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I did my toppers and the awning, definatly a two man job, bought all off Ebay.The vidieo I saw on line made it harder than it was, two plastic saw horses, vise grips and a pop rivet gun. there's a big spring in the awning, be carefull, my spring was rusty so I was able to oil it. make sure to get the realease back in the same spot, had mine facing down instead of staight out. good luck what ever way you decide
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I just replaced my 16' awning. I bought it off EBay they had all sizes for windows, slides etc. the price was great. Using the tools listed in the last reply, it was an easy job. But I would recommend 3 people when sliding the awning back onto the coach. One on each arm and one sliding the awning into the channel on the coach. It's an easy DIY and saves you a lot of money.
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Hello I replaced all my awnings with a company called toughtopawnings.com I'm very happy with them check them out great prices I thought and materials.
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There are two companies that most folks use for awning replacement fabric, ToughTop Awnings and Stone Vos. Both are good companies. I used Stone Vos because they had the exact awning fabric that originally came on my MH.

I replaced two of my slide topper awnings recently. I would recommend you not try to do it yourself, use a friend.

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DIY - replacing the awning fabric is not complicated. Or hunt around for a shop that will do just the fabric (and maybe will let you provide the fabric) instead of insisting on a whole new awning as so many do. It shouldn't be more than 23 hours of labor for an experienced RV tech.
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DIY - replacing the awning fabric is not complicated. Or hunt around for a shop that will do just the fabric (and maybe will let you provide the fabric) instead of insisting on a whole new awning as so many do. It shouldn't be more than
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Gary, 23 hours sounds like a lot of work! Just kidding!
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Bet he meant 2 or 3
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Bet he meant 2 or 3

Yep, I just had to rattle his chain a little bit!
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I've replaced topper awnings and window awnings. The main thing is to know which end the spring is on and how to secure it before taking the awning apart. Do you have any idea what brand awnings they are?

Here is my report on replacing Carefree window awnings.
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I know this is going to start a fire storm, but you might also want to check out Camping World. The awning on our 2001 Adventurer was destroyed in a storm. We went to our local Camping World to find out what type of replacements were available and how much they would cost.


We were pleasantly surprised to find the A&E awnings were on sale and included free installation. We ordered the one we wanted and had it installed when it came in. The technician was able to use all the original mounting holes for the new hardware. Total installation time was less than 1/2 an hour and it worked perfectly.
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