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Old 07-10-2012, 11:31 AM   #1
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Replacing Awning Fabric

Has anyone replaced thier awning fabric. We suffered about an 18" tear in our awning on the past trip. It is a Dometic 12' electric awning.

How easy is it to slide the fabric off the roller and the RV roof guide rail?

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Old 07-10-2012, 11:44 AM   #2
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not from personal experience, but a camping buddy changed out his and said it was pretty easy
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:04 PM   #3
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Has anyone replaced thier awning fabric. We suffered about an 18" tear in our awning on the past trip. It is a Dometic 12' electric awning.

How easy is it to slide the fabric off the roller and the RV roof guide rail?

Thanks in advance
Not a real hard job, but you will need a helper and most important BE CAREFUL, the torsion springs are extremely dangerous if not handled correctly.
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Old 07-10-2012, 12:15 PM   #4
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Someone posted a great tutorial about changing awning fabric I think it was on FRF not that long ago
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Not a real hard job, but you will need a helper and most important BE CAREFUL, the torsion springs are extremely dangerous if not handled correctly.
would an electric awning have torsion springs?
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would an electric awning have torsion springs?
Yes, the torsion spring is in the opposite end from the motor. When we straightened the tube on ours, we had the awning deployed about 6-8" from the camper side. It allows for getting a pair of Vise Grips on the end and turning it and relieves some of the pressure on the spring.
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There is actually a hole in the end cap, when positioned horizontal, you can get a nail or a cotter pin through to lock the spring. This should be done before you take anything loose from the camper. There are also one or two screws in the rail on the camper that keep the fabric from sliding, these have to come out. Use a Sharpie to mark which grooves the fabric is in before you remove it, and put the new fabric in the same grooves. Use steel pop rivets in the end cap you remove, not aluminum ones.
It can be done, just takes a day and a few friends.
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Thanks everyone. Windrider, that tip is very helpful. I think I am ready to get the fabric and start the repair now.

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Old 07-12-2012, 08:05 AM   #9
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See this thread and video of how it's done.
http://www.forestriverforums.com/for...eek-22185.html

Gather a few friends and the tools suggested and go for it.
Good luck!
Let us know how it goes.
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We replaced ours very easily, and very carefully. But we had to drill opening in the end of the cap to avoid the tension spring. It worked fine and we just put silicone over the drilled end to keep it in place. Very easy
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