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Old 06-18-2008, 11:27 AM   #1
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Replacing '68 Awning Fabric?

I have all the hardware for my awning windows on my 68 Caravel but the fabric is rotted.

I'm having trouble getting the cap off the end of the roller. I'm about 1/8" shy of getting it off the roller so I can slide the old fabric out and the new fabric in, but I didn't want to force it, thinking perhaps it wasn't designed to come off.

The springs on the inside seem to work fine after all these years. Imagine that, something that works!!

Any thoughts? Thanks.

Carol in Indy
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Old 06-18-2008, 11:33 AM   #2
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If you can, take a picture, and post it here. What we suggest would differ from awning manufacturer to awning manufacturer, and model of awning to model of awning.
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Old 06-19-2008, 05:25 PM   #3
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Awning Roller Cap

Here's an image. You can see that the cap is almost off, but doesn't want to go any further. If I can get a small open space I can slide out the old fabric and insert the new. It sure looks to me like that's how it should work, but I've been fooled before.

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Carol, is that the side where the tension spring is located? I have a feeling there's something retaining the spring tension connected to the rod sticking out.

Also, do you know if this is a Zip-Dee? I can't tell for sure from the picture...

If it is a Zip-Dee, call their number. They've got wonderful tech support. Tell them you've got a vintage Airstream. I think they'll connect you with a woman (I can't think of her name right now) but she lives and breathes Airstream. She'll help you out.

If it's not a Zip-Dee, strongly consider just junking it and going either with a Zip-Dee, or a traditional awning from Vintage Trailer Supply. Steve can help you out with that.

The advantage of a traditional awning is you actually get more space under it than a roll-up style. The disadvantage is you have to thread it manually and stake it out.

Either way, you'll end up with a great awning!
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I know it's not a Zip-Dee, as they don't have slots for the fabric to slide into. The ones I've seen and used have all had the fabric attached via rivets. I think the awning is an old Carefree awning.
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OK, thanks, Terry. I've had one Airstream with a Carefree awning. It disintegrated and I could not find any support for getting replacement fabric for it. I still have the various metal parts in my barn....
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As far as removing the cap, try removing the cap on the other end, it may come out where this one won't.
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Thanks, it worked!

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As far as removing the cap, try removing the cap on the other end, it may come out where this one won't.
Terry,
Your advice was dead-on accurate. After wrestling with one roller endcap for a week, I tried the other one. It popped right off. I now have brand new fabric on my 68 Caravel kitchen awning and the next ones will be easier, as everything always is the secoond time. I have all the hardware for the window awnings, but none for the big awning.

I imagine the original hardware on these is difficult to come by, right?

Terry and Dallas, I appreciate the advice.

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