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Recommendations on where to replace awning fabric (and cost?)

Recommendations on where to replace awning fabric?

Sometime in the next 6 months we want to replace the fabric on all of our awnings, and perhaps flex keys and some springs.    We already replaced the springs and flex key on the two slideout awnings last year.

We are currently in Oregon, will transit through NV  and into AZ by late summer or early fall.  We may consider TX (or maybe just AZ) for the coming winter.

The fabric seams thread let go on most of the awnings, and I seam sealed them a  year ago for the interim to keep them together.

Any recommendations of places to do it, and estimate of cost for all window and slideout awnings?  We may also do the main patio awning at the same time.
Dan - Full timing since 2009
2003 U320 40' Tag 2 slide

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Reply #1
How long are you going to be in Vegas? I have a guy but you have to watch him close >> nothing major but the straps are not perfect on mine.. It only bothers me I guess.

Anyway I can get you his number. He does all our work awnings.. I took it off and he matched it and he can make new pieces (Keyway? Not sure the name) the piece that goes to the coach and connects to the flex key but Its an easy one for ZipDee to send out to .

I dont like referring people so use at your own risk..
2002 U320 Build #5974
Motorcade 17802
2010 Enclave

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Reply #2
If you plan to be in or around Quartzite in January there are people there that do that work.  Our neighbor in park Jan 2020 had his awnings replaces on a bluebird and he was happy with their work.  He told me it was a little over half what he had been quoted at other places.  He was from Washington/oregon area.
Chris
1999 U 320 DGFE
Build Number 5523
Chris & Elka Lang
In the field, Lonoke AR

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When I bought my coach the awnings were in terrible shape. The cotton thread that they used was deteriorated and the panels were splitting plus the fabric had seen much better days. I had a bunch of sunbrella leftover for a boat project that I never finished. So what was going to be a bimini and dodger became awnings. Four of them. Since I didn't know how to sew I had to teach myself to and I bought a sewing machine since I didn't know how to sew I had to teach myself to and I bought a sewing machine fromsince I didn't know how to sew I had to teach myself to and I bought a sewing machine from sailrite. I didn't get the zigzag one which I should have but it's not necessary for the awnings. Through YouTube I learned how to sew and I made all the awnings except for the big one. That one I bought sunbrella Plus in a pattern. Also I use Gore-Tex tenara thread which is impervious to ultraviolet radiation and has a lifetime warranty I believe. Right about that time the sewing machine decided to crap out. but it was warranted so I got a new one and paid the extra hundred bucks for the zigzag one. But never did use it finish the big awning with my ex-wife's help. I don't think I could have done that by myself luckily I had a 12-ft dining room table to do the work on. They came out really good for just money on the parts. when I left Texas my ex sold the sewing machine to somebody for probably a ridiculously low amount of money. Taking off the big awning was the biggest problem and it took three of us as well as putting it back on although we probably could have did it with two adults. I had kids and you know how their work ethic is LOL. so if you want to save some money do it yourself. If you want it done right and to your satisfaction order it from zip dee. I don't think that you'll find anybody else that will do as good of a job as you will but I'm sure I'm wrong on that. once I get in a place where I can receive mail I'm going to get some more parts for my awnings. Not the fabric of course cuz that's all done but I have some parts that need replacing. Make sure you get the right rivets from zip d to do the job because the rivets are different and if you use the wrong one it may interfere with the spring.
'99 U320 40 WTFE
Build #5462,
1500 Watts Solar 600 amp Victron lithium
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Hemi
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Reply #4
I have a seam over the slide where the thread is missing
I was going to start a post asking what type of glue might hold up, as I don’t want to remove the awning.
JBWeld?
Or is there a better choice?
Glenn and Amy Beinfest
2001 36' U320
#5812
2014 Honda CRV

No Whining on the YACHT

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Reply #5
I have a seam over the slide where the thread is missing
I was going to start a post asking what type of glue might hold up, as I don’t want to remove the awning.
JBWeld?
Or is there a better choice?

Gear Aid Seam Seal or  Gear Aid AquaSeal, and brushes.  Buy more than you think you need. Amazon should have it along with reviews.

It will darken the fabric where used.  I recommend some painters blue tape to make a "stripe" of the darker material the seal will cause.  Then it looks more like a intentional feature.
Dan - Full timing since 2009
2003 U320 40' Tag 2 slide

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Reply #6
I replaced my cover over the slide from zip dee direct. May be able to get made locally but price wasn’t too bad and they were on time with shipping. Also installed new zip dee strips on top. All of them. I’m sure every twenty year old coach should have them replaced before they fail and drop the awning and aluminum cover. Not a one person job, but can be done. I used scaffolding along coach to walk on during install two people is much easier on main patio cover..
Scott
If your going to be dumb, you got to be tough.
June 30, 2020
2001 U320 3610 Barn find
Build 5834

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Reply #7
Fulltiming, so I'll have to hire this out.  We use our window awnings often, and sun fade and failing threads in seams.

We plan to replace the fabric on every window awning at the same time.

Our awnings are a grey/silver color.
Dan - Full timing since 2009
2003 U320 40' Tag 2 slide

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Reply #8
Our awnings are a grey/silver color.

Sunbrella Cadet Grey #4630 per the original order paperwork  ;)

(that's a marine-grade fabric per Sailrite Sunbrella® Marine Grade 4630-0000 Cadet Grey 46" Fabric - Sailrite )
Learn every day, but especially from the experiences of others. It's cheaper!  - John C. Bogle


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Recommendations on where to replace awning fabric?

Any recommendations of places to do it, and estimate of cost for all window and slideout awnings?  We may also do the main patio awning at the same time.

You can purchase the Sailright fabric and heavy duty sewing machine, and the electric cautery to cut the fabric cleanly,
or, you can call ZipDee, the original manufacturer.

1992 Foretravel Grand Villa
U225 SBID Build No. 4134
1986 Rockwood Driftwood
1968 S.I.A.T.A. Spring
1962 Studebaker Lark
1986 Honda VF700C
1983 Honda VF750C
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Reply #11
Dan, if you are going to replace all of the awning fabric you could consider changing color.  Our coach has burgundy colored awnings and they always seem to look nice, they are out almost all the time we are away, 11 of the last 16 months.  I see some coaches with tan awnings and they always seem to look a bit dirty.  People have asked us if our awnings are new, nope original.

Roger

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Reply #12
You might want to see if Zip Dee can give you a list of dealers (or has one on their website) for the areas you plan to be in - nice thing about using a dealer is they will know how to make the pertinent measurements for things.  The hold-downs for the slide topper awnings, for example, have that extra piece (and might also be longer).  Bonus points if the Zip Dee dealer is also a Girard deal who can handle the big awning fabric swapout.
Learn every day, but especially from the experiences of others. It's cheaper!  - John C. Bogle

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We use Shadepro, RV Awning Shades & Accessories Online | Shade Pro , and have been very happy.  They are in AZ, Cali and I believe NV as well.  They have mobil installers who come to you!  They replaced our slide topper and did a great job.  I would get your flex keys from ZipDee.  We used ZipDee for our main awning, but all the small ones, Shadepro, no problem!
Joe & Dottie Allen
2000 U320; build # 5645
Our coach, Maxine
Motorcade #  15922;  Escapee 150950; FMCA F495795; Boondockers Welcome
'98 U320 from 2000-'06

"the difference between stupidity and genius?  Genius has it's limits!"

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Oregon Motor Coach Eugene, OR should be able to help you out. It's on your path south. They are one of the Foretravel recommended repair facility. They honor the Motorcade 10% discount. At least they used to. Give em' a call.  1 800 942 6860

see ya
ken
ken & dori hathaway & Big Agnes
🍺1992 U300 GrandVilla WTBI #4150 FOT FBP 2011
✨6V-92TA DDEC Parlor Coach 350HP Series 92
🏁2011 Nissan XTerra Pro-4X


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Reply #15
I would definitely ask him to use the tenara gortex thread. Lifetime warranty impervious to sunlight.
'99 U320 40 WTFE
Build #5462,
1500 Watts Solar 600 amp Victron lithium
2012 Jeep Grand Cherokee Overland Hemi
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Retired