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Old 03-07-2004, 03:21 PM   #1
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I need to replace a canvas awning on a 23' 1979 safari. Does anyone have a rough idea of how much I'm looking at dollarwise?
Can anyone also recommend anyone in the Austin, Tx. area who does this?
This is the first time I'm replacing this..should I know anything before starting?
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Old 03-07-2004, 03:31 PM   #2
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Greetings atvmcg!

Replacing the awning fabric is a fairly common task, but it is one that can be quite dangerous due to the spring mechanism(s) in the awning tube itself. Armed with the manufacturer and length of your awning, you can consult a dealer for that brand awning for a price on replacement fabric - - the color selection is amazing - - and if you happen to have the Zip Dee brand awning, you will also likely be able to duplicate the original stripe color. I suspect that the replacement awning fabric from the original manufacturer of your awning will likely be less expensive than the custom work that would be necessary to produce a new awning from raw fabric. My personal advice would be to consider having an experienced RV technician handle the replacement due to the danger of working with the roller-tube spring; but if you want to consier such a project on a do-it-yourself basis, a technical instruction sheet from your awning's manufacturer should provide you with the details to safely handle the spring mechanism(s) in the roller-tube.

Good luck with your awning project!

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Thanks Kevin, it is a Zip-Dee so I'm hoping that they have a website.
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Greetings atvmcg!

Yes, Zip Dee does have a web site. They can be found at:

Zip Dee, Inc. Awnings

I am sure that you will find the folks at Zip Dee to be quite helpful. They still provide parts and service for awings on our Vintage coaches unlike some of their competitors. If your awning is blue and white stripe, it is usually referred to as "Blue Fancy" while another pattern that was popular in the 1970s was a coppertone and brown stripe that I believe has been referred to as "Brown Fancy".

Good luck with your awning!

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Thanks again Kevin, very helpful info. I'll go to that link.
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