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Old 03-30-2011, 08:17 PM   #1
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Replacing Awning Fabric

I was wondering how difficult it is to replace the awning? I have a 15' awning on my MH and it needs to be replaced. I am fairly handy with repairs. Dont' really want to pay someone to do it.

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Do you need to replace the awning( tube, reels, arms and all) or just the fabric? Replacing the entire system is much like doing an install of a new one but your holes are already drilled so as long as they are not stripped it's a matter of sealing them after you install. 3 person job.

If your talking about the fabric only then that's straight forward and you just need the fabric and make sure you secure your tube ends so the springs don't unwind ( hazardous and a pain in the but to get the correct number of turns) set of vice grips will hold the ends in correct position. 2 person job but 3 makes it easier. My teenage son and I did our main awning(18ft) and 3 window awnings(11ft, & 2- 3 ft). Whole job took 4-5 hours and cost $600 spoke with care free tech support twice because we forgot to secure the ends.

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Thanks for the reply. It is just the fabric. The parts are still in good shape.

Good advise of the vice grips.

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You're welcome, if you know your awning fabric company( should be listed in manuals, sticker in closet door or on the end of the fabric itself) you can get original color scheme or pick from available colors. Care free of Colorado won't sell to individual but will give you lowest price they give to dealer so you can shop around and figure in shipping costs to compare local or cross country shipped to door. When I told my local RV shop the price from a place in Florida plus shipping was 30% cheaper they matched the price so I stayed local.

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Be carefull using vicegrips.If they slip they can do some serious damage.I helped my cousin and we used the awning arms to unwind and rewind.
When I did the slideouts I used a weighted bucket fastened to the fabric to pull while I fed the other end into the slot.Made it a one person job.Otherwise someone pulls while the other feeds.
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A&E refused to give me directions for the fabric replacement, citing the danger of releasing the spring. I found the needed instructions online. After careful studying of the instructions and drawings, I convinced myself I could do it. It was several years ago, but I seem to recall I needed help removing the old and installing the new fabric to keep them from binding, but the rest was easy with care.
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