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Old 12-05-2016, 10:25 AM   #1
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Awning Fabric Replacement

We had debated trading our Coachmen this season for a larger model and have decided against it so I think I am am going to do some improvements and the of them is the awing fabric. I had an incident a few years ago that damaged the rails and some components and have long since repaired them and used for the last 4 years with out issue. However, during the flight of the awing a few pin holes ave developed and it is separating internally. Also the side that took the most damage is stretched pretty good so its always flapping. It still works but its been damaged to the point i want to replace the fabric. Its a manual unit. Anyone done it? What am i getting myself into doing it on my own or should i pay a service group to do it??

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Old 12-05-2016, 11:24 AM   #2
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It's not real hard to replace the awning fabric especially on a manual awning but having two people helps make the process much easier.

You will need to extend the awning and remove the end cap on the roller tube to pull the fabric out of the channel (in the tube) and the channel on the camper.

CAUTION!!! Be sure to remove the cap OPPOSITE the short lever you push/pull to extend or retract. The lever side is SPRING LOADED (inside the tube) and injury or physical damage can occur if you don't have a clue how those things work.

I will also add... I have seen just a very few awning tubes that has springs in BOTH sides of the awning tubes so check and be sure first.

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Old 12-05-2016, 11:58 AM   #3
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I replaced my fabric last summer. Two people can do it, but three is better.

Replace awning fabric | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

While your at it, look carefully at the sliding brackets on the support arms. Both of mine were cracked and ready to fail.

Awning sliding bracket support bracket cracked on both sides | 2001 Coachmen Mirada 300QB

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Old 12-05-2016, 12:33 PM   #4
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Here is a video by RVGeeks that may be helpful.

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