Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 10-05-2006, 06:11 PM   #1
Joined July 2006
 
1999 25' Safari
1972 Argosy 22
BROWNWOOD , Texas
Join Date: Apr 2006
Posts: 2
Replacing The Fabric In Our Awning

We have a 1970 23' Safari A/S. I think that perhaps this could be the original awning(can't tell for sure). The fabric is absolutely in shreds. Is there any suggestions to replace that fabric without absolutely breaking the bank?? The a/s dealership nearby has quoted us $1500 to replace the entire awning(fabric and awning structure)?
Thanks,
Judie
__________________

__________________
jack and jil is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2006, 06:14 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
InsideOut's Avatar

 
1956 22' Safari
Vintage Kin Owner
Conifer/Evergreen , Colorado
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 11,793
Images: 108
Do you know the brand of awning you have? If not and can post pictures of it someone may be able to help out. Some brands like ZipDee are worth repairing/replacing parts...others are not or are no longer in business. So the brand may help determine the best course of action.

Shari
__________________

__________________
Vintage Airstream Club - Past President 2007/2008
WBCCI #1824 - DenCO Unit Past President (2005)
AIR #30 - Join Date: 2-25-2002

RMVAC | WBCCI DenCO Unit | Sisters on the Fly | Tin Can Tourists
BIRDY - our 1956 Safari | 1964 Serro Scotty
InsideOut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2006, 06:21 PM   #3
Rivet Monster
 
wahoonc's Avatar

 
1975 31' Sovereign
1980 31' Excella II
Sprung Leak , North Carolina
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 7,174
Images: 40
Judie,
What brand of awning did the dealer want to use? If it isn't a Zip Dee you are probably wasting your money. Most awning manufacturers have replacement fabric available, but we need pictures to tell which one it is. You could also check with an awning (the house kind) to see if they could duplicate the fabric portion for you. Also boat canvas places are good too.

Aaron
__________________
....so many Airstreams....so little time...
WBCCI #XXXX AIR #2495
Why are we in this basket...and where are we going
wahoonc is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-05-2006, 11:13 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
CaddyGrn's Avatar
 
1963 16' Bambi
Yreka , California
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 1,879
Depending on how large your awning is... and condition of the awning parts to your trailer... you could purchase your own sunbrella fabric and sew your own, or take the fabric to a sail loft (sail maker) and see what they would charge. They have the big heavy machines, etc. I would do a little homework on pricing before I would fork out $1500.

I agree with the others above, post some pictures so folks will know what you have and be able to give you the best advice! Good luck!

Mrs. NorCal Bambi (traveling in S Tardis)
__________________
CaddyGrn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 10-09-2006, 08:38 PM   #5
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by jack and jil
We have a 1970 23' Safari A/S. I think that perhaps this could be the original awning(can't tell for sure). The fabric is absolutely in shreds. Is there any suggestions to replace that fabric without absolutely breaking the bank?? The a/s dealership nearby has quoted us $1500 to replace the entire awning(fabric and awning structure)?
Thanks,
Judie

Your trailer using a 13 foot awning.

A discounted Zip Dee would cost $1148.40.

Installation instructions come with them.

Andy
__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2006, 08:11 PM   #6
3 Rivet Member
 
sierrajb's Avatar
 
Currently Looking...
Arlington , Texas
Join Date: Oct 2005
Posts: 164
Jack and Jil,
I have a 13 foot Carefree Awning on my 75. Should I chunk it and go for a Zip Dee? No way! The hardware is still in great shape and the company is plenty reputable and strong.

65GT is right. If it's made by Carefree, give them a call for a great deal. Complete installation instructions are included, all for less than $200.

If yours is a Zip Dee, stay away from dealers. Many times, not always, you're paying for the name only. Take your measurements to a reputable tarp company who will give you a good deal on some quality Sunbrella or other good material. Spend the money you'll save on other upgrades.
__________________
Airstreams are like a box of chocolates....
sierrajb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-18-2006, 11:21 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
Tarheel's Avatar
 
2001 34' Limited S/O
Moyock , North Carolina
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,010
Images: 21
The awnings and material on my 74 were in poor condition. I had a friend make some brackets for me, otherwise I would have been in big trouble. Material is easier to find than the mechanical parts.
__________________
Keep the shiny side up.
WBCCI # 348
Past Region 3 President
Past President Tidewater Unit 111
Rick Bell in "Silverbell"
Tarheel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-19-2006, 12:31 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
Bob Thompson's Avatar
 
Corpus Christi , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2003
Posts: 936
Images: 67
I'm in Corpus Christi. Tell me the dimensions and I'll put together a price quote to sew a replacement Sunbrella fabric insert. PM me if you like.

I'm the local windsurfing sail repair guy and make about 500 windsurfing sail repairs each year and have been doing it for about 10 years. I use the best machines, the best fabrics (Sunbrella in this case) and the best UV resistant thread. I work hard at being very good at what I do.
__________________
So Long!
Bob Thompson is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2007, 12:29 PM   #9
2 Rivet Member
 
trevisgardne's Avatar
 
1973 31' Sovereign
Maryville , Tennessee
Join Date: Mar 2005
Posts: 85
Images: 19
I replace the fabric and both spring assemplies on my 73 31ft Sov for about 360. It was a Carefree. I used the "Silver Fade" color fabric and had to slightly modify the spring caps but it only took maybe 4 hours total.

If you can determine the size of the fabric you need and the size of the poly cord channels-you should have NO problems with replacements.
__________________
trevisgardne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2007, 02:47 PM   #10
Rivet Master
 
enduroryda's Avatar
 
1994 21' Sovereign
Down on the corner... , CT
Join Date: Jul 2004
Posts: 994
Images: 9
Outdoor Fabrics

If my awning ever needs replacement fabric I'll be doing it myself. Found this great resource.
__________________
Ann & Eric
WBCCI 6274
TAC CT-4
NEU
enduroryda is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2007, 08:25 PM   #11
Rivet Master
 
Lumatic's Avatar

 
1971 25' Tradewind
1993 34' Excella
Currently Looking...
Estancia , New Mexico
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 6,642
Images: 16
Blog Entries: 1
I got a new awning rag on Ebay for less than $50. The bolt on different manufacurers is the same size. The major difference is the spacing between the bolts on the roller. You could have a sailmaker or upholstery guy adapt it to fit. Sew a tube into it if necessary.
__________________
Lumatic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2007, 07:14 PM   #12
2 Rivet Member
 
cccamper's Avatar
 
1978 31' Sovereign
Ashland , Missouri
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 49
hi!
we have a 1978 31' sovereign we've been working on.

does anyone know *someone* who knows the zipdee awning and will sew with customer's fabric? if they know the zipdee then hopefully could just take the fabric and zip it together (yea, right, zip! ) we just *can't* pay $2000.

at sunbrellacentral.com we can get sunbrella awning/marine fabric in a "vintage" stripe for about $400 for our 10' x 20.75' awning. dreaming that if we supply fabric maybe it wouldn't cost nearly as much. as a (former) teddy bear artist and quilter i have a great appreciation for the art of sewing, still...

e
__________________
AIR # 8643
Lost Valley Lake Resort #5611
http://www.lostvalleylake.com Woodalls 5W, Coast to Coast 5 Star. Coast to Coast members come enjoy!
cccamper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-07-2007, 10:03 PM   #13
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
lewster's Avatar
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Naples, FL , Hood River, OR
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,279
HI 'e',

IIRC, you can get a replacement fabric, cut, sewn and ready to install right from Zip-Dee for MSRP $27/lineal foot in your choice of Sunbrella fabrics.

PM me if you would like me to look up the exact price.
__________________
Lew Farber...ABYC Certified Master Marine Electrician...RVIA Certified Master Tech ...AM Solar Authorized Installation Center...AIRSTREAM Solar & Electrical Specialist...Micro Air 'Easy Start' Sales and Installations
lewster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-08-2007, 11:18 AM   #14
Rivet Master
Airstream Dealer
 
Inland RV Center, In's Avatar
 
Corona , California
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 16,499
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by cccamper
hi!
we have a 1978 31' sovereign we've been working on.

does anyone know *someone* who knows the zipdee awning and will sew with customer's fabric? if they know the zipdee then hopefully could just take the fabric and zip it together (yea, right, zip! ) we just *can't* pay $2000.

at sunbrellacentral.com we can get sunbrella awning/marine fabric in a "vintage" stripe for about $400 for our 10' x 20.75' awning. dreaming that if we supply fabric maybe it wouldn't cost nearly as much. as a (former) teddy bear artist and quilter i have a great appreciation for the art of sewing, still...

e
Generally speaking, it is near impossible to install Zip Dee fabric, that will work correctly, even when provided by them.

After installation, you will find that as you roll up the awning, the fabric will wind up in a forward or rearward direction. You then can drill out all the rivets, make new holes in the fabric, and do it again, and again.

This is why, many years ago Zip Dee came up with a CFR, meaning cover, fabric and roller tube, all assembled, ready to install.

That totally eliminates the very high risk of ruining the new fabric.

Part of the problem, is that the fabric cannot be properly installed unless you have a jig to do so, and even if you try to install it using a bench and a laser straight edge, it still far more often than not, will not work properly.

I quit trying to do it some 20 years ago.

It's not worth the risk.

Andy
__________________

__________________
Inland RV Center, In is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Zip Dee Awning 63 Safari Awnings 8 07-17-2006 07:49 PM
'78 Sovereign Awning Joan D'Andrea Awnings 6 01-03-2006 08:34 AM
awning replacement carmen Awnings 4 11-17-2002 10:26 AM
Awning gwrimmer General Motorhome Topics 1 11-07-2002 12:59 PM
Awning Repair cesurman Awnings 0 08-16-2002 12:57 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 01:02 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.