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Old 04-18-2009, 05:31 AM   #1
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Replacing awning rod and fabric of original awning ?

Is replacing the rod and awning fabric possable because the rod is bent pretty good and the fabric is getting holes and is growing mold from sitting.
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Old 04-18-2009, 07:14 AM   #2
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I presume you mean the roll-tube (the thingy the fabirc wraps around when the awning is stowed). You did not indicate what mfg. awning you have, but most, if not all can re-fit with a new roll tube and fabric.
The process it self is fairly simple, but it can be very dangerous if you don't know how to work on your awning system.

If you're not VERY familiar with the inner workings of your awning system I would STRONGLY suggest you enlist the services of a professional, or a very accomplished friend to help you with this process. There is a tremendous amount of stored energy in a coiled awning spring. If allowed to release in an uncontrolled manner it can cause serious injury, and can damage property (I saw a winding rod slung through the side of a trailer).
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I second that quote!
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Old 04-21-2009, 06:57 PM   #4
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Well I am sure it is reverse order of installing one and winding one if anyone has a way I can do it that would be great to . Instructions wellcome in other words.
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Need Awning Rod

Need an awning rod for 34' Excella 1000. Saw Camper World has one. Is it the same needed for my AS?
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Old 07-10-2012, 07:23 PM   #6
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Need an awning rod for 34' Excella 1000. Saw Camper World has one. Is it the same needed for my AS?
There are probably 3 different brands of awnings that could be on your Excella. You need to buy a roller tube from the correct manufacturer. Zip Dee and Care Free are the most common ones.

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we were pricing the replacement of the main tube and awning (21 feet) for our 1972 International. We received a quote (Zip Dee) o/a $1750 plus $200 for shipping from a very reputable dealer. Installation would cost a few hours, but be done correctly. We've replaced all of the roadside awnings with Zip Dee and rear bath one and are very pleased with the products. We lost these due to high winds in Texas 10 years ago and finally saved enough to do them right. The installations were done perfectly.
Its funny you mention this as we have encountered a few folks RVing this summer who have attempted to replace their own awnings to save a few bucks. Their shipped awnings either sit on the side of the SOB RV or are hung by other means and you can see the savings they achieved are not viewed with a smile, but they have their awnings. I always hear we should of let the technicians do it. But there are some folks out there that are very good at this. I met one that did a great job installing the awning. But his dissatisfaction is due to the wrong shade of color being ordered or shipped (they are still trying to figure that out after $1675.00), and it being a no returnable due to being a special order , as he states, it almost compliments the rest of the other four awnings on their SOB RV.

As mentioned above by wahoonc, find out your brand as the arms and everything else needs to fit and I've had both carefree side and zip dee main awnings, so they could be different, but with the same material. Back then, I guess they could do that.

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