How To Replace RV Patio Awning Fabric – Carefree of Colorado Power Awning

TheRVgeeks Awnings & Slide Toppers, Installation, Replacement 8 Comments

For anyone who thinks they can’t replace RV patio awning fabric themselves… don’t pay a shop to do it before you watch this video first! Fabric replacement is a DIY trifecta: easier than it looks; a big money saver; and better quality. Just follow these simple steps to new awning glory. Huge sense of satisfaction? Priceless!

We just hate the idea of fellow RVers overpaying for inferior results, when they can easily complete a project themselves. In this video we’ll show you step by step how easy it is to replace the old fabric on a powered Carefree of Colorado patio awning, which is a very popular style. This particular model does not have a UniGuard that covers the awning when it’s fully retracted, so no “soft-connect” (the short piece of fabric that connects from the RV’s awning/gutter rail to the UniGuard) is needed.

Another twist in this video… instead of demonstrating this one ourselves, or even having Tyler (our usual expert guest installer) helping out… Christie from Tough Top Awnings will be turning the wrenches. She’ll be assisted by John and her daughter, Jordyn. Although Christie is clearly in the “biz” she’s not an installer, and has never provided anything more than a minor assist on a couple of installations before. Here she shows just how easy a project like this can be, even for a non-professional.


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  1. I have a 2008 Rockwood Roo that needs a new awning. I have watched so many of your awning replacement videos but have not seen one that has end caps like mine – there is only a bar to clamp onto when unwinding the spring. Concerned about safety when tackling this project. Do you have any videos that might match it. I have pictures of the end of the cap where the spring is.

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      Hi Nancy! We did a little Googling, and it appears that you have a VERY popular and common Dometic / A&E manual pull-down patio awning. Your timing is good, as last winter we made a video showing a new, easier method for replacing the fabric on that model. You can check it out, and please be sure let us know if it helps, and how you make out, and of course be sure to get your RVGEEKSROCK discount at Tough Top Awnings! Here’s a link to that new video:

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      Thanks Roger! We thought the same thing, especially after how much more involved it was to replace our Dometic power awning fabric. This was a downright snap!

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      Thanks so much! Awning & slide topper replacement is our very favourite DIY project. We always say “Friends don’t let friends pay someone else to replace their awnings!”

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