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Old 08-06-2016, 09:12 PM   #1
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Replacing power awning a DIY job?

I dorked up my awining on a tree. Is changing out the awning a DIY job? I have the tools and am fairly handy. I think getting it adjusted so it opens and closes and goes down the road without making weird noises could be a challenge.

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Old 08-06-2016, 09:50 PM   #2
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I would think you would need a good helper. I have done several fabric replacements and had my wife help some what. I won't let her on the ladder. If I fall, I still get fed. If she falls, I don't eat. Depending on what awning you have, you may find a video showing how to replace yours. If you can take it off, you can probably put one back on. Maybe you can just replace the bent parts. Google rv salvage parts.

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Definitely would have a helper if there's any way to get one. If not, I'd try it myself, but I have a big barn with overhead trusses where I can hang the awning from while I jack it slowly into place. I suppose it could also be done if you could place a ladder fore and aft against the side of the rig, and pull the awning slowly up the ladder until it's in position. I don't know how your upper part of the fabric attaches to the rig. If you have the flex metal sun shade I'd think you could put a slat or two on the side of the rig and then slide a closing slat after the awning body was up. If the fabric just slides into the piece on your rig, I'd think of putting the body of the awning up first then add the fabric later. All depends on how you're set up. I get a kick out of doing jobs like that, but others are horrified about even thinking about it. Good luck.
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Old 08-07-2016, 02:17 PM   #4
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I've replaced the fabric on 2 units and have done some specific repair on a couple of others... I'd say if you have a simple understanding of tools and electrical circuits this should be no problem... but you will need a helper..

I don't know how badly you crunched it... but you might find its more cost effective to repair it than a complete replacement...
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Originally Posted by jelag View Post

I don't know how badly you crunched it... but you might find its more cost effective to repair it than a complete replacement...
Well, I ripped the metal cover that goes over the top so that would need to be totally replaced, and I bent the drum that the fabric rolls up on, so that would need to be replaced. I don't think I damaged the fabric or the arms.

I'll call dometic and see if they have parts.

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Old 08-08-2016, 07:38 AM   #6
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If it's the tube you need to replace, I think this is a DIY job and you should be able to do it alone. Are your arms adjustable or fixed height? If fixed, it'll be a little trickier and you may need a helper.

There aren't any springs in the tube for a power awning, so it doesn't weigh much. Get the old fabric out first. I suggest you mark the location of the slots on the existing tube relative to the heads so you can index the new tube to the same position.

If you can extend the awning with the damage, you'll have plenty of room to undo the tube from the motor head and idler head. There's enough play in the arms with them extended to just slide the heads off the tube. If the arms won't extend because of the damage, I think you could probably still work the tube out of the heads and you have no need to worry about hurting the tube.

Once the damaged tube is out, if not yet extended, run the arms out and then install the new tube. Two step ladders, one on each end, can hold the tube near the heads. Put one end in, hold it in place with a bungee, clamp, or whatever. Move to the other end and do the same. Once the tube is back in the heads, fasten it back together and the slide the fabric back into place. Before you reinstall the screws that lock the fabric into the rail on the wall, run the awning fully out and back in a few times. The awning should center up on the rail so it runs in and out straight and then you can screw it into place to hold it there.
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