Rv Awning Fabric Replacement

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  1. Geo

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    I have a replacement awning fabric to fit and for the life of me I cant think that with enough pairs of hands the old fabric cant be just cut out and the new slid into place top and bottom together without dismantling the awning rails or disturbing the spring tension,
    simply by opening the awning to full length and allowing the fabric to sag a little,lock into position and then simply sliding the new one in place whilst its still open, un lock and roll up:thumb:
    anyone know better or think of reasons why not
    I did, last year remove one side of the roller system, spring and ratchet ,replace and re tension it without fully dismantling the awning both sides as per and contrary to the instructions:RollEyes:
    so just may be eh!!!:Wink:
    Geo
     
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  2. Bryan

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    awning fitting meet? :Wink:
     
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    I have new awning material to go on to, oh yes and a dirt skirt.
     
  4. American Dream

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    Where'd you get the awning material Geo?

    Is it possible to get the rope sewn in to it and cut to size by anyone you know?

    I need to look at replacing mine.


    BTW Like the avatar John.Hope you ,Dad and Bruno are well.:thumb:
     
  5. Mayurua

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    Hi Geo
    I did the same with mine a few years ago and it worked fine. Its difficult to remember exactly but i might have slid the old one out on one side and at the same time sliding the new one in from other
    Dave
     
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    Yes, it IS quite possible, especially if all you've got is a ripped fabric.

    IF on the other hand,your name is Mr LuckygitZaskar and you have bent awning arms, snapped catches etc due to the fact that if an awning decides to go over the top even my 14 stone aint gonna stop it!!!:Eeek:(luckily I had the good sense to let go when I realised I was 4 to 5 foot off the floor!!!!!, :Eeek:, then no, you have to remove the lot!:Blush:

    ..........and if you've already done a mechanism asyou say, you wont need me to warn you just how powerfull the return spring is:Eeek::thumb:
     
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    Hi Zaskar been there done that at the Lincoln show, and Geo just sat and watched. :Sad:

    Said he would have tried to stop it but he was holding his own down at the time, mates hey! all they think of is themselves. :BigGrin:

    Olley
     
  8. Geo

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    Ordered the proper replacement from Linda at Stateside Tuning:thumb:
    Geo
     
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    Thanks for the replys Guys
    looks like Linda wont have too much of a problem then:thumb:
    Geo
     
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    I needed to know what damage could be caused by a flying awning:Eeek:
    Now I know:Rofl1::Rofl1::thumb:
    ps you forgot the broken roof vent cover too:Doh:
     
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    Blimey that's where my awning material and dirt skirt came from they must be a very good firm:Wink::thumb:
     
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    Hi Geo

    I replaced mine last year and thought like you, there must be an easier way, but in order to slide the new fabric onto the roller I had to remove the roller end cap which meant taking one arm off and releasing the tension.. as per the instructions.. unless yours is different, how can it be done otherwise, there is no groove in the end cap to slide the fabric in ?


    Jim
     
  13. Geo

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    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!! Good point Jim
    in a previous post it said its been done :Eek!: now maybe there are awning that allow this and others that don't like yours,
    So if I understand you right, your end cap is covering the fabric groove :Doh:
    Plan B.
    If I have the same as you could a hole not be drilled in the cap to convert it to the do-able variety:thumb:
    Geo, always looking for the easy option:thumb:
     
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    I dunno Geo.. I looked at that option but decided that if it were a good idea why hadn't A&E made it like that... ? and Garry, who was assisting me, said it was a piece of cake, he had done it before.. this was at Parc Verger last Feb..

    It's really not a hard job once you get started.. two people can manage but better with three to feed the awning fabric into the roller and the roof rail .. take great care, the roller end is like a razor.. one slip and the fabric could get torn on it.. I covered the roller end with gaffer tape to prevent it snagging on the sharp edge.

    As i recall , yours is a big awning like mine.. .. 20ft ? If so it has TWO tensioners, one at each end of the roller, which both need to be re tensioned .. I used 'mole' grips to hold and turn the shaft

    Another 'gumption trap' :Blush:
    the new fabric will have long threads hanging from it.. I thought they were just bits of thread that needed trimming... and cut them off.. NOT SO , they go through the seam in order to pull in the new polycords ... I had a hell of a job doing it with them cut off :Blush::Blush:
     
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    Thought you was a good knitter and sewer Geo, lost your needle? :Doh:
     
  16. PeteH

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    Awning Fabric fitting

    Hi

    It can be done by taking the Rafter off one end, You need two or more hands to work the new section back in. Take the Tension OFF the roller springs, there could be a "split-pin" holding the tension, as you unwind count the No of turns, holding the spindle with "mole grips" If the awning is a bit "slack" add another turn when you wind it back on. Jim warned about the sharp ends on the awning roller, I dressed the ends with a small file, I supported the ends of the roller on a stepladder, My 14 year old grandson helped me do it. There will be a cord sewn into the "hem's", as Jim said don't cut it!!, it is used to pull the new awning cords.

    Best of Luck!!.

    Pete
     
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    Thanks Jim,Pete and the others,its the cheapest way to learn you know, by others mistakes and im taking in all the info I can get.
    As you know Jim the tension side of things holds no fears as Ive already had it apart and re tensioned it, I did that by the way single handed:RollEyes: by just undoing the broken side, and it was done in situ, working on Motors as I do,the question arises 30 times a day as to why did they do it like that, and finding a work around to save both my time and customers expence, yes I know im in the motor trade and supose to make as much as I can from every customer and fail every Mot regardless, but hey I never did conform to the norm,:Rofl1:
    No I think it has more to do with them not having the need to replace fabrics themselves, they have them built from new and an accsess hole in an end cap is another machining operation times 5 million,-------you get the idea,
    I would bet a small fortune that every man jack on here has improoved or made simpler a product or operation, at one time or another, and why is he able to do that?
    Because the designers and builders do not ask for imput from the end users----EVER
    PlanB will be studied before commiting to Plan C.
    Plan C by the way is to fit RRs first, to see what cock ups we make,then onto mine:thumb:
    Geo
     
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    hey geo, if all else fails there is always your good old trustworthy gaffa tape:Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    hi geo. i had to fit a new awning cover to my fifth wheel a few years ago when i was living in it ,i came home to find it had ripped to bits in the wind one windy winters day,i had a new one made out of lorry side sheet material (very heavy duty) i did not have to dismantle the awning to fit it ,it slid in from the back end (not particularly easy ,but doable) but i had to wind the bottom roller by hand and a big pair of stillsons or pipe grips to get the right tension to enable it to roll itself up ,i think this took a couple of goes to get it right. be very carefull when winding the roller ,if you let it go it it could HURT.:thumb:
     
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    No chance there with mine then....:Doh:

    She's 30 years old this year....The RV That is.
    :Rofl1:

    Will have look for a company to custom supply.
     
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