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Old 08-03-2014, 12:37 PM   #1
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Power awning fabric replacment

Does anyone have instructions on how to replace power awning fabric. I see some in the spring awning but nothing in the power ones


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Old 10-03-2014, 11:31 PM   #2
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I have the same question. Our fabric might have another season in it but eventually we will have to replace fabric.
Watched several videos on youtube regarding spring type but none seem to exist for power awnings.
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:10 AM   #3
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Have you contacted the manufacturer of the awning to see if they have anything they can send you?
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:17 AM   #4
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I had to replace the fabric on my 9100 this summer. It's not that difficult. There are several youtube videos available. Be careful with the spring on the non motorized side.

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Old 10-04-2014, 09:30 AM   #5
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Use a long cotter pin or awl to pin the torsion spring on the end opposite the motor (using the existing holes) BEFORE you disconnect the motor end.

Failure to do this properly will cause damage and potentially sever injury.
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Old 10-04-2014, 09:41 PM   #6
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Exactly what Herk said. I didn't have the cotter pin and had to unwind the spring. Used a pair of vice grips and very carefully unwind. If you do that make sure you count the turns. Then it is a simple matter of drilling out the rivets and slipping the end cap off. In my case I cut the old awning off at the tube and slid it out from the tube and then from the camper. It seemed to make it easier that way.

Just to give you an idea, I had to replace an awning arm that was bent and my fabric. With 2 of us (Neither of us had ever worked with a power awning before) it was less that 1-1/2 hours from start to finish replacing both the fabric and the arm.

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Old 10-05-2014, 05:02 PM   #7
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WAY easier to pin it while it is open.

Align the holes in the non-motor side cap with the hole in the axle and slide a pin or long nail into the axle securing the non-motor (spring) side.

Then simply remove drill out the pop rivets holding the motor on; unbolt the arm top; unplug the motor and slide it out of the tube.

MARK THE LOCATION OF THE MATERIAL ON THE RAIL AND TUBE WITH A FELT TIP MARKER.

Remove the two screws securing the material to the top rail and then you can slide the old material out.

Slide the new material in (watch out for sharp edges where the screws penetrated the rail!) stopping at the old locations; replace the screws.

Reinstall the motor; remove the cotter pin and you are done.
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Old 10-05-2014, 05:10 PM   #8
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Be like me when my pop up awning went bad I bought a used 2001 Keystone Lite House and when That awning went bad.I bought a new 2012 Flagstaff.When that was goes bad I buying a tent
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WAY easier to pin it while it is open.

Align the holes in the non-motor side cap with the hole in the axle and slide a pin or long nail into the axle securing the non-motor (spring) side.

Then simply remove drill out the pop rivets holding the motor on; unbolt the arm top; unplug the motor and slide it out of the tube...
Just a question, could you not just pin/secure the spring side and drill a 7/16" hole in either cap that aligns with the material slot and slide it out without removing either cap?
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Just a question, could you not just pin/secure the spring side and drill a 7/16" hole in eithe rcap that aligns with the material slot and slide it out without removing either cap?
Maybe. Let me know how it turns out if you try it that way...
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Maybe. Let me know how it turns out if you try it that way...
LOL, not planning on having to replace it, but it would definitely be a 2 person job trying to feed the material in to 2 slots at the same time. Could be done by 1, but a lot of work unless you had a walk board between 2 ladders.
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When I got my fabric there was a nylon type of 'cover' or giude that fit over the end of the tube to allow you to slide the fabric on without worrying about tearing it. Unfortunately, I didn't find the piece until I had the fabric in place....lol. I think the only worry would be if you had a sharp edge or filing that caught the fabric.

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Old 10-05-2014, 08:08 PM   #13
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And one last tidbit. When I bought my fabric, I went through a super small but very reputable RV dealer. According to her rep at Dometic I had 2 choices for my fabric. One was for an actual dometic 9100 awning replacement fabric. The other was made in the same factory, was the same size, same color, same stitching but instead of saying 9100 on it it said 'universal'. The universal was $200 cheaper. Guess which one I bought,,,,lol? Just something to consider when you order.

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Lots of good info here.
So unroll the awning a foot or so, pin the non-motorized end, remove the motor, and screws holding fabric in the channel attached to trailer.
Do you have wind the new fabric around the tube a few times to install it?
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Just a question, could you not just pin/secure the spring side and drill a 7/16" hole in either cap that aligns with the material slot and slide it out without removing either cap?
I think I get what you are saying But aren't the caps round in shape where the grooves are? Would need a good sturdy punch to start the process while stepping up in drill bit sizes to achieve the 7/16", plus the sharp edge and possibly not getting the hole centered.
Think I saw in some videos about using blue painters tape on the sharp edges when reinstalling the new fabric, too.
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Lots of good info here.
So unroll the awning a foot or so, pin the non-motorized end, remove the motor, and screws holding fabric in the channel attached to trailer.
Do you have wind the new fabric around the tube a few times to install it?
I did mine with it fully extended. And no you don't have to wind it, in fact you can't. On the 9100 there are 2 channels that the awning fabric slides into on the roller.

Also FWIW I cut the old fabric down along the tube with an xacto prior to removing it. Seemed to make it easier to get out for me.

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