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Posted: 01/08/19 06:27am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

old guy wrote:

have you looked a tough top awning material? they are out of Vancouver Washington, and have great material for awnings. also RV geeks have a great video on you tube on how to replace your awnings


I have and I really liked what I read about them, but out RV is white with blue designs on it, and they don't have a blue awning or anything remotely close.


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Spend the money for acrylic. My 21 year old acrylic awnings are still presentable, with no tears and minor fading.

Richard


Any issues with the waterproofing? That is my fear. Do you have to re-waterproof it or anything?

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doxiemom11 wrote:

Have you ever replaced the springs in the roller tube? If not, your springs probably are getting worn so it doesn't roll like it should. Ours is 19 yrs old and we have had to replace them. The awning rolls much better with nice new springs.


I have not thought about that. I will look into it. Thanks

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I would definitely do whatever is needed to keep the alumagard cover. My last RV had the alumagard; it was 10 years old when I purchased it, used it for 12 years...the awning was still in pristine condition when I sold it because of the alumagard cover. Never had a single problem rolling it up; there is nothing about the alumagard that could affect how the awning rolls up. On the other hand, my current RV (also purchased used) had a new awning installed by dealer prior to my purchase. No alumagard. After just 3 years of exposure, the awning already has a tear right in the center near the wall. When I finally replace the material, it WILL include the addition of the alumagard.


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RLS7201 wrote:

Spend the money for acrylic. My 21 year old acrylic awnings are still presentable, with no tears and minor fading.

Richard


Any issues with the waterproofing? That is my fear. Do you have to re-waterproof it or anything?


All I've ever done to the 4 window and 1 patio awnings is wash them. I've never had the patio awning drip on me.

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Finally got around to replacing the awning this morning. We decided to go with vinyl. Dyer rv made the vinyl to fit the metal weatherguard took about 2.5 hours with 4 people helping. We took our time and kept verifying the directions and watching the YouTube video. Thanks everyone for the advice and help.

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Good for you! With some help and like you said "taking our time" good to go. We get back to our RV lot in Yuma, AZ. for the winter, I have a new fabric to install. Was going to do it in the spring but all my help blew out of town to go north. I'll get them corralled in November.

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bobsallyh wrote:

Good for you! With some help and like you said "taking our time" good to go. We get back to our RV lot in Yuma, AZ. for the winter, I have a new fabric to install. Was going to do it in the spring but all my help blew out of town to go north. I'll get them corralled in November.


FYI, make sure you pay attention to the direction that you unwind the springs torrision. That was our biggest issue. We put in on, flipped the lever to unroll, and it came flying down. We had the spring wound backwards. Then we changed them, and had to wound opposite so it done nothing. But we finally figured it out.

I also recommend getting some of the folding white tables to work on.

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