Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 01-20-2016, 06:05 PM   #1
2 Rivet Member
 
GuitarmanFL's Avatar
 
1972 27' Overlander
1971 31' Sovereign
Orlando , Florida
Join Date: Dec 2015
Posts: 97
Zip Dee Fabric alternative

Hey Folks:

My newly acquired 27' Overlander needs all four awnings replaced.

Three are completely missing the fourth, the street side might be anle to be saved if I can find someone to re-sew the panels...

All four add up to almost 2k.

Surely their is an affordable alternative, even if it's not quite the quality of the Zip Dee Sunbrella fabric.

Thanks for any suggestions!

Brek
GuitarmanFL is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 06:22 PM   #2
Rivet Master
 
1976 31' Sovereign
Oswego , Illinois
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 2,017
Blog Entries: 1
Google sunbrella fabrics for colors and prices. Find awning repair serv. to sew new awnings. [Sail rite has cheapest prices on sunbrella fabs]
featherbedder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 06:23 PM   #3
Moderator
 
DKB_SATX's Avatar

 
2017 26' Flying Cloud
Alamo Heights , Texas
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 8,335
Images: 1
Blog Entries: 7
Well, if you're buying Sunbrella fabric from ZipDee, you're getting the assembled awning fabric right? Cut, stitched, with the "welts" (I think that's the right word) that fit into the awning rail and roller built in, etc. So if you're just looking for fabric and planning to do the work yourself, you can probably get Sunbrella cheaper in bulk rather than the finished product.
__________________
David

Zero Gravitas 2017 Flying Cloud 26U | WBCCI# 15566

He has all of the virtues I dislike and none of the vices I admire. Sir Winston Churchill
DKB_SATX is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 06:26 PM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Melody Ranch's Avatar
 
1956 22' Flying Cloud
1953 32' Liner
1955 22' Safari
Valley View , Texas
Join Date: Jan 2006
Posts: 3,971
Images: 78
Send a message via Skype™ to Melody Ranch
Buy the Sunbrella on EBAY and take the fabric to your local tarp and awning sewing business. They will make an awning which will attach to the Zip Dee hardware. If you can't install it yourself....a dangerous job for an amateur....take it to a local RV maintenance shop. You will save hundreds.
__________________
"If it can't be reduced, reused, repaired, rebuilt, refurbished, refinished, resold, recycled or composted
then it should be restricted, redesigned or removed from production."
Melody Ranch is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-20-2016, 07:13 PM   #5
CRH
Rivet Master
 
1995 25' Excella
xxxxx , xxxxxx
Join Date: Apr 2015
Posts: 2,193
I agree buy Sunbrella and get one made. Last summer, I pulled my fabric off because the seams were all rotten. I had it resewn. My upholstery guy said he could make a replacement when needed with no problems.
CRH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-21-2016, 06:19 AM   #6
4 Rivet Member
 
brokeboater's Avatar
 
2013 25' Flying Cloud
Crystal River , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 471
Images: 1
I don't know where you are in Florida but some of the boat canvass people are reasonable. I might suggest Masthead Enterprises in St. Petersburg if you're close enough to drop off what you have you want replaced. Good work at reasonable prices.
brokeboater is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2016, 11:21 AM   #7
2 Rivet Member
 
PeterKV's Avatar
 
1985 25' Sovereign
Wichita Falls , Texas
Join Date: Sep 2015
Posts: 65
I would second going to a sailmaker, they are equiped to work on large pieces of material.
PeterKV is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2016, 11:40 AM   #8
Rivet Master
 
Foiled Again's Avatar
 
2012 25' FB Eddie Bauer
Vintage Kin Owner
Virginia Beach , Virginia
Join Date: Sep 2004
Posts: 7,786
Agree - sail makers, etc. have the right machines. This isn't a job for even a heavy duty home machine. If the only problem is a few seams where the thread has rotted out, you can sew it by hand (with a leather "palm" to push the needle). Doing it by hand is slow and your hands will probably ache if there is are a lot of repairs needed.

Paula
__________________
Today is a gift, that's why they call it the present.
Foiled Again is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-22-2016, 11:47 AM   #9
Rivet Master
Commercial Member
 
Vintage Kin Owner
Naples , Florida
Join Date: Dec 2005
Posts: 7,496
Part of the problem with premature failure of Sunbrella awnings lies not with the fabric but with the stitching.

High-end awning manufacturers like Girard are now using ultrasonic welding machines to virtually eliminate the use of thread.

On getting Sunbrella either as a new awning or repair, be sure to request
UV resistant thread. This is a significant expense in itself, but well worth the extended longevity you will get from your awning.


Lew Farber
RVIA/RVDA Nationally Certified Master Tech
ABYC Certified Master Marine Electrician
Master Tech Energy Systems, Inc.
AM Solar Certified Installation Center*AMS Lithium Batteries
Lifeline AGM Batteries**Magnum Inverters
541-490-6357
__________________
lewster
Solar Tech Energy Systems, Inc.
Victron Solar Components and Inverters, Zamp Solar Panels, LiFeBlue and Battle Born Lithium Batteries, Lifeline AGM Batteries
lewster 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
Will a Zip Dee awning fabric fit an A&E Dometic frame? streamslave Awnings 3 08-03-2014 08:42 PM
Will a Zip Dee awning fabric fit on Dometic Awning tube? montanablue Awnings 2 10-24-2011 10:27 AM
Replacing Zip Dee fabric Randy Gates Awnings 3 09-11-2010 07:11 PM
Need help removing fabric from zip dee Norm1234 Awnings 8 09-08-2009 10:36 AM
Zip Dee up or Zip Dee down? highsidepass Awnings 24 11-17-2007 08:12 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:23 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.