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Old 10-28-2011, 08:56 PM   #1
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Hello can any one give me some info on how to put a new awning cloth on my coach, I have a carefree awning,, do I have to take the arms off or is there an other way,,,, thanks David

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Old 10-28-2011, 09:36 PM   #2
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Google "Awning Replacement Instruction" and there are a few places that you can download instruction to replace your fabrics. I couldn't get it to copy here. Sorry


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Old 10-31-2011, 07:17 PM   #3
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Boy did you pick the right time to ask this question. I am parked at the New Horizons factory right now and helped the technician install new fabric on our Carefree awnings this afternoon. Here’s how it went: 
  • You will need AT LEAST two people, preferably three. You will also need ladders or work platforms high enough to work comfortably at each end of the awning simultaneously.
  • Carefully lay out the new fabric, being sure that it doesn’t scrape across the pavement, or any other thing that will abrade it. Also be careful as you unfold it. Carefree says in the literature that you can get pinholes at the folds if you are too rough.
  • Extend the awning. Hook it down to the trailer.
  • Notice the screws that screw into the channel on the awning’s metal cover. That’s the piece that covers the awning when it’s retracted. There is a screw at each end, a total of two screws. You will be replacing these screws later so be sure you know where they go relative to the channel and the fabric. Remove both of the screws.
  • Notice that when the awning roller is rotated, a gap in the end piece lines up with the channel in the roller that holds the fabric. The fabric is held in place by a plastic rod that is sewn into a pocket sewn along the length of fabric. The upper edge attaches to the awning’s metal cover (see previous step) in exactly the same way.
  • One person (the holder) rotates the awning roller to align the gap in the end cap with the channel that holds the fabric. This person will need to hold this roller against the spring force for quite a while. If the roller is released (unintentionally, of course) during this step, you will probably damage both the awning and the trailer as it rolls downward along the retaining strap and pulls the hinges out of the wall. HANG ONTO THE ROLLER!
  • While the channel and the gap are aligned, the other person (the puller) pulls the fabric out through the gap. Top and bottom will have to move together in order to get them out.
  • After the old fabric is removed, the new fabric is installed by pushing or pulling it into the same channels, top and bottom. BE CAREFUL NOT TO CUT THE FABRIC ON THE SHARP EDGE OF THE COVER’S CHANNEL! If you have a third person, he should be straightening the fabric and holding it so that it feeds properly towards the puller.
  • Once the new fabric is installed, the holder may release his hold on the awning roller.
  • Tug on the fabric as appropriate to center it, right to left, on the roller and in the cover channel.
  • Clip off the excess length of plastic rod with wire cutters. Reinstall the screws into the ends of the cover channel, being careful not to cut the fabric with the screws.
  • Congratulations. You just saved yourself a lot of money, probably enough to pay for both of those ladders.
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Old 11-04-2011, 06:59 AM   #4
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Be very careful if you do this in the manner suggested here, as more than one arm has been broken this way.
One person (the holder) rotates the awning roller to align the gap in the end cap with the channel that holds the fabric. This person will need to hold this roller against the spring force for quite a while. If the roller is released (unintentionally, of course) during this step, you will probably damage both the awning and the trailer as it rolls downward along the retaining strap and pulls the hinges out of the wall. HANG ONTO THE ROLLER!
The RV tech who did our awning from A&E released the spring tension before doing the replacement and then wrapped it again when the fabric was in place.
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:25 AM   #5
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this process is close to perfect except 3 people are a must. now on the right side of awning tube where you unlock the awning tube if you look closely you will see a hole where you pin (with a cotter pi, nail ect.) the spring that keeps you safe from injury
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Old 11-04-2011, 07:47 AM   #7
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I just had mine redone, including the slide-out topper awnings. I also helped the tech. with mine. The above info is very accurate. If you can find the hole to insert a carter key or nail or screw, do that as it will save you a lot of problems should you release the roller bar tension. I had mine done by ShadePro in good ole SUNNY California. Well sometimes!!!! it's raining right now.

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