Boy-o-boy am I confused. Hope I can type this with enough clarity for all to understand.
My A&E 8500 original fabric had the valance sewed to the main awning fabric, virtually one piece. At the valance/main awning seam, a full length of plastic rope (for lack of a better term) was inserted. A 2nd plastic rope was in a 2nd seam, 3" away from the 1st. Both of these plastic ropes slid into the awning tube, each in their own groove. Making the awning seamless from roof to valance, no part of the awning tube was visible.
Now, my new replacement fabric comes in 2 pieces. Main awning and valance, each having their ends hemmed to accept the plastic rope. Given this configuration, a roughly 3" section of awning tube will be visible when the awning is deployed, between the main awning and valance. This I don't like!
Has anyone else installed replacement fabric and had this dilemma? I can not think of anyway (aside from trying to slip 2 pieces of plastic rope into one groove) to make this gap disappear. Did I get the wrong replacement fabric? SHOULD it have come, sewed together as one, like the original had?
Any suggestions are welcome.
1997 F53 Adventurer 37rw
IAFF L-792 (Retired)