As far as my polycord purchase, I received it from the Ebay seller last week. The OEM product was solid and this one looks more like a small tube. Wondering if that's the way it's manufactured now. If I realized it was like that, I could have bought a similar product at the local hardware store in town for less money and less time waiting for delivery.
Another thought. A friend, who's been a full time RV-er for many years, suggested using braided fishing line to sew the awning back together. I know that stuff is strong and lasts forever, but I'm not sure. You-all's thoughts.