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Old 07-21-2016, 04:07 PM   #1
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Awning Protection

I've read a few posts about awning sun protection when the awning is closed. Seemed like a good idea to me - but the methods didn't sound like they would work very well in my case. Apparently Forest River, some time after my model year, started adding metal awning covers (recent post has indicated they have since stopped) - my 2012 did not have this option. Some forum members have designed covers from aluminum gutters - sounds like a great idea, but I use my Solera every two to four weeks, and being honest with myself, I wouldn't bother to put them on - also, I don't have a convenient place to store them while I am using the MH.

After thinking about this "in the background" for a couple of years, I came up with a plan that would work for me. I decided to cover the inner edge of the awning and the slideout cover with 8 inch Eternabond roof tape. It stays on - no install / remove / store issues. It protects the awning and the slideout cover whenever they are closed. Eight inch covers both nicely when closed. Eternabond has a great reputation for attachment strength and longevity. Finished install today - a few small wrinkles, but came out quite well.

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Old 07-22-2016, 06:38 AM   #2
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I use vinyl gutters over mine, but your idea is great!!
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Old 07-24-2016, 06:15 PM   #3
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I love the idea and want to do it. Where do you get the Eternabond roof tape as I have never heard of it. Does it just stick on to the awning material?
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Old 07-24-2016, 06:20 PM   #4
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And does it come in Black? I have a Black Awning when closed no way would I want to make it white.
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Old 07-24-2016, 06:56 PM   #5
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And does it come in Black? I have a Black Awning when closed no way would I want to make it white.

Eternabond comes in several colors including black and also several widths


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Old 07-24-2016, 08:08 PM   #6
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I decided to cover the inner edge of the awning and the slideout cover with 8 inch Eternabond roof tape. It stays on - no install / remove / store issues. It protects the awning and the slideout cover whenever they are closed.
please forgive my ignorance, but I like this idea and want to be sure I understand it correctly,... did you run a complete strip of the tape from one edge of the awning fabric(top side) to the other, using the trailer side as a side edge and then fold some over to the underside, is that what you mean by "inner edge",... or did you run the full length, tight against the trailer, both on the top and also on the under side, so there's actually two layers?..... also is it just on the fabric, using the trailer side as an edge or is a small amount stuck to the trailer side itself, top or bottom? ...... hope all of that isn't confusing ....... just wanting to know exactly how you did it, because I like it..... thanks
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Eternabond comes in several colors including black and also several widths


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That's Great. I might look into this. I will be adding a slide awning also. I am going to order and install myself.
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Old 07-24-2016, 10:48 PM   #8
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Got the 8 inch Eternabond from Amazon - a 50 foot roll for about $120. Used about half between my awning and my slideout cover. I think I have enough left to cover the front and back cap-to-roof transitions, should that become an issue (so far, on my unit, the Dicor has held up satisfactorily).
I ran a strip along the edge where the awning material is attached to the MH from front to back. No overlap of edges - just cut off even with the edge of the awning. No coverage on the bottom - my goal is sun protection while the awning and slideout are "in". In my case, most of the time. By just covering the top inside edges of the awning and slideout cover, the "roll up" of the material when closing the awning or the slide isn't effected. The Eternabond never enters the roll - just covers the exposed material when rolled up.
As someone else noted, I believe Eternabond is available in other colors - my awnings are white adjacent to the MH, so not an issue for me.
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I ran a strip along the edge where the awning material is attached to the MH from front to back. No overlap of edges - just cut off even with the edge of the awning. No coverage on the bottom - my goal is sun protection while the awning and slideout are "in". In my case, most of the time. By just covering the top inside edges of the awning and slideout cover, the "roll up" of the material when closing the awning or the slide isn't effected. The Eternabond never enters the roll - just covers the exposed material when rolled up.
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got it now, thanks
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And does it come in Black? I have a Black Awning when closed no way would I want to make it white.
to anyone who, like me, is considering this mod and needs black EternaBond because you have a black awning, ..... the link below is an ebay site I found with 8"x50' Black EternaBond for a very good price w/free shipping plus the option to "make offer", ...... I've ordered mine and wanted y'all to know about this site,.......happy trailering.................

8"x 50' Black Eternabond RV Roof and Leak Repair Tape Free Priority | eBay
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