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Old 06-04-2010, 08:48 AM   #1
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Adding a Weathershield to Awning

Has anyone added a weathershield to an existing awning?

I am getting mixed answers from dealers and Dometic.

I saw somewhere there is an after market shield, but I cannot relocate the info.

I have a Dometic 9100 power awning w/o the metal weathershield.

Any help will be apprciated
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Old 06-04-2010, 09:25 AM   #2
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Hi FLYTYER,
Can you describe what a weather shield looks like, where does it mount and how do you see it working? I have not heard the term weather shield.
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Several companies sell sun screens for awnings - if that's what you are talking about. The screens have a rubber welt sewn in one edge that slides into the slot in your roller tube. Some screens have grommets along the bottom to stake it down.

Since you have a power awning, you need to be careful with adding a screen. Our A&E WeatherPro power awning has a wind sensor, and you need to turn that off with the sun screen in place. With the wind sensor turned off, I advise not leaving the awning unattended. Even with the sun screen staked down, a sudden wind can rip the awning apart.
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The weather shield is a flexible strip of metal that covers the awning when rolled up and stored.
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We have a Carefree Colorado power awning with "alumagard" weather shield. I had to remove the fabric and guard when the arms were damaged by wind. I don't see why the guard could not be added though it most likely would require totally removing the fabric from both the coach & the roller (unless the rubber piping on the awning rail end is loose enough in the fabric for you to slip it out ...long shot!). The metal shield on mine is crimped to the fabric on each end, pretty much a permanent connection. Looks like if they sell parts, including fabric, that you could buy just the metal guard even though they may not "recommend" you do it ...it may be that they normally sell the metal guard already attached to the fabric.
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We have a Carefree Colorado power awning with "alumagard" weather shield. I had to remove the fabric and guard when the arms were damaged by wind. I don't see why the guard could not be added though it most likely would require totally removing the fabric from both the coach & the roller (unless the rubber piping on the awning rail end is loose enough in the fabric for you to slip it out ...long shot!). The metal shield on mine is crimped to the fabric on each end, pretty much a permanent connection. Looks like if they sell parts, including fabric, that you could buy just the metal guard even though they may not "recommend" you do it ...it may be that they normally sell the metal guard already attached to the fabric.
From what I have seen, the construction of the awning edge that fits in the awning rail also fits into the edge of the weathershield which is then in the awning rail. So adding a weathershield would be possible if I could get one.

In my case A&E Dometic says there is no part number for the weathershield, so there is no way to order it....Hmmm then I wonder how A&E buys it??

A&E said they would sell me a replacement awning fabric which includes the weather shield. I just wish the Camping World Tech would have made me aware of this more clearly last summer when I had the whole thing replaced.

I'll continue to look.....Any addition help will be appreciated.
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Is your fabric vinyl or acrylic? My A&E with weathershield model 9000 has the acrylic fabric but the fabric itself has two beads that attaches to the weathershield. One at the last groove and under the weathershield to the first groove of the weathershield (alumiguard) then a third bead that slides into the awning rail on the wall of the coach. I may have to take a pic of it when I get back to town where the coach is for you to understand what I am trying to discribe.
This is not to say that you could not add a weathershield to a conventional awning fabric another way. One may have to play around with the positioning of the tube ratchet assembly to get it to be properly positioned when it is retracted and have a piece made to attach the alumiguard to the awning rail. You might be able to find the alumiguard you are looking for at a repair facility. Let them know you are looking for one in whatever color and length you want; so they can keep it off one that is being replaced (fabric and tube assembly) from a torn fabric. Good luck and keep us posted.
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Our Carefree Spirit/FX awning has the metal weatherguard. As near as I can tell there is no difference between the track the guard attaches to and the end track the awning attaches to on the guard. And we have removed our entire awning (including guard) and re-installed. Apparently you can order Carefree's guard from a dealer. Carefree of Colorado - Sun and Shade Center

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After reading the above mentioned ad, it appears that the Alumaguard and awning are sold as a single unit.
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We also had a 9100 put on our coach. The 9100 awning material is vinyl and does not and would not come with a metal wrap weather sheild. It has a vinyl weathersheild as part of the fabric itself, which is the top white band of vinyl that wraps last. We had 2 window awnings that had good hardware and had the metal wrap weather sheild but we wanted the material to match the 9100. We had to order the rollers with the new vinyl material that also has the white vinyl weather sheild.
If you wanted the metal wrap you would need to order the Weatherpro awning (more expensive) and it has woven acrylic material.
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