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Old 09-28-2015, 03:23 PM   #1
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Carefree Awning Canopy Replacement...

Just curious if any of you have replaced the canopies on your awning(s) yet?

I'm getting ready to replace mine. I admit that I didn't take care of them very well when new, and the undersides are badly mildewed. So of you may remember that I asked for suggestions on cleaning them, which I tried... but nothing really worked. Too far gone, so that's one reason...

The other is that the canopy on my main awning now has a nearly one-foot tear right up where it connects to the rig. This happened 2 weeks ago. The wind blows constantly during the day here at about 15 kts, with occasion STRONG gusts topping 40 kts! But with temps still above 100 degrees each day, keeping those awnings out to shade the rig from the sun bearing down really helps in cooling the rig. So I attached my Sunblocker to it, and tied it down with 4 points to stablize it. That worked well for a few days... until I returned to back to the rig one day to find the awning torn.

Needless to say, I removed the Sunblocker and no longer have it tied down... but I now have a good reason to replace it.

I called Carefree and got quotes on replacement canopies, which weren't as expensive as I thought they'd be (a little over $250 each), and will provably be ordering them this week (even though only one is torn, gonna replace both)... but, as I know this isn't a one-man job, now I've gotta figure out how to remove the old & install the new.

Of course, I've read the instruction sheets, and watched a YouTube video... but just wondering if any of you have done this and have any pointers?

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Old 09-30-2015, 10:10 AM   #2
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I have replaced a manual awning before...took two of us and about kicked our you know what's...I actually look forward to the day I replace these, as there isn't a spring wound tight in our awnings.

I will be awaiting your outcome. Hopefully you can take pictures with your free hand.

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Old 09-30-2015, 10:53 AM   #3
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Actually from what I have seen the powered awnings are pretty simply, you deploy them, pull them back a bit, cut power, remove end cap, slide the old stuff out and the new stuff in. The manual ones are a beast with that spring in there. A lot of people have been hurt by those things.

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Old 09-30-2015, 04:03 PM   #4
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I've also done a couple of the manual ones & they are no fun. I don't see how one person could replace the canvas. It needs to be slid in the awning tube & the trailer rail at the same time. That take two sets of hands.
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Three people would be better. Two sliding the tubes and one feeding the material.
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Old 10-01-2015, 10:25 AM   #6
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Yeah, I agree, definitely three, the one feeding the material is key...

Tom, karma got me...I walked outside yesterday morning, not more than an hour after making my goofy comment, only to find mine hanging like yours...we had some crappy winds overnight. Luckily, the seam was still sewed with the piping inside. I pushed back in with a flathead and reinstalled the screw into the track. I am guessing new fabric will be needed next spring, the current fabric looks like it has become quite brittle.


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