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Old 05-01-2014, 02:55 PM   #1
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Post Anyone replace fabric on Carefree window and over-the-door awnings?

I searched and did not find any threads talking about how to go about replacing the fabric on Carefree window awnings and the over-the-door awning over the motorhome entry.

I've emailed Carefree of Colorado as they did not have such instructions on their website, but no response yet...

Anybody done this and care to share how you did it?


After a couple of emails exchanged with Carefree of Colorado, they provided these terse instructions: Open the awning and secure the awning. Go to one side of the awning and remove the plug from the arm and use extreme caution to unwind the spring. Replace the plug. Go to the other side of the awning and repeat the procedure. Do not replace the plug on this side. Drill out the rivets on the end cap and remove the spring. Remove set screws in the roller tube and at the awning rail that prevent the fabric from shifting. Slide the existing fabric out and slide the new fabric in.

Reinstall the spring and add tension to the spring and put plug back on the arm. Add tension to the other spring. Roll the awning in and out a few times. If all works well reinstall the set screws.

Springs need 5 winds in the closed position and 8 winds in the open position for standard window awnings and over the door awnings. XL window awning springs need 9 winds in the open position
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Old 05-01-2014, 03:26 PM   #2
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Google "carefree fabric replacement" here on iRV2 for LOTS of reading.........
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I called Rich the RV guy and he came out and changed the fabric on mine...all by himself. He had ginned up some pulleys and things that worked slick.

I didn't do it after all the horror stories about hooking it and ripping it, etc. Labor was about 100 bux.

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Google "carefree fabric replacement" here on iRV2 for LOTS of reading.........
Thanks but lots of reading on slide toppers and big awnings. Fortunately Carefree sent me some instructions for the window awnings I am working on.
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I tried to get some instructions from one of the neam co0mpanies a coupls years ago, but they refused due to danger and liability. They offered to send such instructions to a nearby RV center. I declined. I googled and found several good instructions including videos of the process. I have since replaced a main awning fabric and two slide toppers by myself.
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I figured this out. See my report at this thread.
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