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Old 09-01-2012, 09:46 AM   #1
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Weather guard Fabric?

New member with a question.
Wondering if anyone knows where to get the weatherguard material that is on my awning.
We just got a '76 Safari 23' that has a Faulkner? awning in good shape, but we want to replace the fabric.. We're thinking we use Sunbrella fabric for the awning to get the vintage look, but what is the weatherguard material?
Descriptions I see show it is "16oz vinyl with heavy duty 1000 denier weatherguard".
Functionally, isn't it just heavy vinyl material that is aluminum colored so that when the awning is rolled up it blends in, and also protects the awning material when driving?
This is my first Airstream restore and I want to do it right.
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:47 AM   #2
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Welcome to the Forum. Nice looking trailer.

The awning is an A&E/Carefree, and judging from the fabric is original to the trailer. I had the same color and pattern on a ’67 I once owned.
We went through the same process you’re going through when we replaced the fabric on that rig.
The Weatherguard had cracked and was separating from the fabric. It appeared to me to be a vinyl covered fabric as in some places the vinyl was gone and the threads of the underlayment were visible.
In the end we went with the Sunbrella fabric and had an upholstery shop in Fox River Grove sew it up. For our use and budget we opted out of the Weatherguard as the shop owner was unsure of what it was, its availability and cost.
It turned out we sold that trailer 3 months later so I cant tell you how the Sunbrella lasted over time.

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Old 09-01-2012, 11:49 AM   #3
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Thanks for the info Tom.
Good looking trailer there.

I'm familiar with the place in Fox River Grove. A friend had them redo his boat cushions and they came out great.
I'll see if we can make that date in Pecatonica.
That would be the first time we camp anywhere with electricity.
We've got our first shakedown trip planned for next week to see how my restore skills are working out in the real world.
Good to see there's another nice AS in the neighborhood.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:47 PM   #4
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Weblon makes a replacement fabric very similar to Carefree's original.

You can read about my experience with it at this link:

Adventures of a Curious Fellow: New Awning for the Airstream

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Old 09-01-2012, 04:58 PM   #5
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Check these out.

Carefree awning fabric replacement - Airstream Forums

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f442...ml#post1197221

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Old 09-01-2012, 07:21 PM   #6
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TomW, I read your blog and am soon going to replace the fabric on my Carefree awning. I would be grateful if you would send me a copy of your instructions on replacing the fabric. Also did you get your fabric with Alumigard? That is what I was looking to have on my new material. I understand that the awning arms must be raised up a few positions to make room for the Alumigard to have clearance when rolled up. What are your thoughts on this? Also you need my e-mail address: caredcarver@aol.com. Thanks so much. Ed
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I understand that the awning arms must be raised up a few positions to make room for the Alumigard to have clearance when rolled up.
Ed, My arms did not need to be raised. Mine closes fine with the arms in the original location. It might depend on the location of the dealer installed top rail. Those locations may vary from trailer to trailer a little. Not sure what the difference might be. Just know mine is fine as it was.


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Ed,

I can't find the copy I downloaded years ago. But it appears to be the same one as in post 10 of this thread:

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f442...tml#post763625

I don't have an alumigard.

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You guys are the best! Thanks for the responses! Hopefully my awning will fit as well as Splitrocks'. I want to get it installed before next spring if the finances work out to get that done. Tom I did not know if your awning was with alumigard or not but it is good that all worked well for you too! Thanks Again, Ed
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