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Old 05-20-2013, 09:31 AM   #1
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Awning Rip Repair

Probably scraped a tree limb. While the trailer was in the driveway being loaded for this past weekend's trip, we noticed a three or four inch rip in the back end of the awning. Where the rip ends another several inches look like stitches are coming out. There aren't any stitches to rip, I don't think, its just more of the vinyl getting ready to part. I did a quick patch with duct tape but don't want to leave that on for very long. The awning opens and closes with the tape. Is there a better tape or some other idea short of an expensive replacement?
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... Is there a better tape or some other idea short of an expensive replacement?
Maybe try dacron or nylon sail repair tape. Typically comes in 2, 3, 4" width. It sticks well and is strong. Available in marine supply houses. Comes in colors. Comes in clear also. Dacron repair tape is said to be stronger than nylon, but either is very strong.

Were I going to use it I would start by sealing an approx. 3" long piece 90 degrees at each end of the rip. Maybe one in the middle too. That should give strength where the tear may want to pull/run. Follow with lengthwise piece(s) (overlapped if necessary). Stitch the tape down and set the glue by rubbing with a spoon or rounded screwdriver handle end against a hard surface.

Cut any corners with a radius. Square corners tend to lift easier.

Normally I would recommend taping both sides for strength. For the awning I would just tape the top and keep an eye on it for signs of posible failure. Taping just the top should make the underside look more OEM unless the tape really matches the awning color closely.


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Old 05-20-2013, 12:57 PM   #3
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Those are really strong materials Hopefully you can patch it with something. I got caught in big rain storm once and there is no telling how many gallons of water I had captured. I could just barely lift up the awning with a 2X4 piece of lumber to drain it off. Amazing how strong that stuff is...

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I really appreciate those instructions, Vic. I'll order some tape today. The video I viewed didn't taper corners and wasn't nearly as complete as your directions.
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What about your insurance?
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Camco makes a tape for repairing awnings but it sounds like Vic's solution is better.
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My insurance does not cover awnings. I think most RV insurance will not replace awning.
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My insurance does not cover awnings. I think most RV insurance will not replace awning.
Probably a little to late for this issue, but I recommend you call your Insurance Agent and see about adding awning coverage. I have it, cost me an additional $13.41 year for awning repair/replacement coverage. Well worth it in my oppinion.
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Probably a little to late for this issue, but I recommend you call your Insurance Agent and see about adding awning coverage. I have it, cost me an additional $13.41 year for awning repair/replacement
coverage. Well worth it in my oppinion.
That's a great suggestion, thanks. I'll see if that's available. The awning's rip is small and unless it goes south big time, I won't even think of replacing it.
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