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Old 06-20-2007, 06:06 AM   #1
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We just lost part of our A&E patio awning fabric in a wind shear and I was hoping someone on the forum has replaced just the awning fabric and can tell me where they purchased the replacement fabric. The mounting hardware was not damaged, so replacing the entire awning is not necessary. The awning is an A&E Imperial 8500 and the color is Pewter Shadow.

Any input would be appreciated.

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We just lost part of our A&E patio awning fabric in a wind shear and I was hoping someone on the forum has replaced just the awning fabric and can tell me where they purchased the replacement fabric. The mounting hardware was not damaged, so replacing the entire awning is not necessary. The awning is an A&E Imperial 8500 and the color is Pewter Shadow.

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Old 06-20-2007, 07:56 AM   #3
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I didn't replace the main awning but did put new material on our slide topper, which is almost as big on our coach.

I suggest calling A&E directly. You will also need the serial number which should be on your roller. They will want you to work through a local dealer to actually make the purchase but they were very helpful and answered my questions.

My slide topper came with instructions and I suspect that the main awning cloth would as well. The only bad part is dealing with the spring - the tension on that could tear your hand off if you aren't careful. The fabric slides into a slot on my main awning's roller but I've never checked how the main attaches to the RV. My slideout awning also fit into a slot on the RV and it took me and a helper to get the new fabric back into that slot.

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Old 06-20-2007, 01:38 PM   #5
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I had to replace our awning fabric last year. I went to a locally owned RV shop. I was ready to order fabric,but they happened to have the right sized fabric in stock WITH a metal weather guard. It was left over from another customer who had ordered the wrong size. They sold me the fabric for $80 and one hour labor to remove the old fabric and install the new. This is not a one person DIY job. It requires at least two people who know what they are doing. At the same time I replaced the gear/cam mechanism as the old was looking extremely worn.

check your local shops, you might get lucky and find a bargain too. Also, depending on the extent of damage, a local canvas shop may be able to repair the old one.
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I have purchased fabric awning from Universal Awning and Sign and was pleased at their business and service. I would highly check them out.
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We replaced all the fabric on our coach's awnings last year. Here's what we ran into... one big headache. After much research, we finally found our particular awning fabric color for our ten year old coach. The local RV dealers were a waste of time.

Almost every awning manufacture uses Sunbrella for the fabric. In our case, Carefree of Colorado has drastically cut back on the colors they offer. So, we had to contact Sunbrella, get the name of a local distibutor/installer and have them order our color.

We ended up having a local awning shop in the Yakima, WA area install our new fabric and this story had a happy ending. Good luck.
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We replaced the fabric on the main awning(18ft) and all three window awnings(11ft & 3 ft) we called carefree of Colorado and they couldn't sell us the fabric(dealers only) they figured out what kind, color and style we had then recommended a few places close to us that would give us a deal on the price. They even told us dealer cost so had some bargaining room, cider where to buy it from based on shipping costs and bargain then ordered all four. My son and I installed them and I called carefree back with questions, they were fantastic explaining which one to turn left or right and how many times. Great folks
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