This post may contain affiliate links.
If you saw our recent post, 5 Signs Your RV Awning Needs Replacement, and you’ve realized that your awnings (or slide toppers) do… read on! With the New Year upon us, there’s no time like the present to start planning your summer RV adventures, and that includes any TLC your rig may be in need of. So if you’re in need of replacement RV awning fabric… or your slide toppers are worn out, keep reading!
RV Awning & Slide Topper Replacement Is Probably Easier (And Cheaper) Than You Think!
Replacing worn out RV awning and slide topper fabric is one of our favorite DIY projects. That’s because:
- It’s a surprisingly manageable job, easier than most people realize.
- The end result of doing it yourself is better, since a shop will simply replace your old fabric with the same (inferior) OEM (original) material that failed in the first place.
- It saves a lot of money because labor is usually the lion’s share of most repairs, and shops usually charge more for OEM fabric than better aftermarket options.
If you replace your own RV slide topper or awning fabric, you get a better end result because you can choose replacement fabrics like Tough Top Awnings, which is far better than anything else we’ve seen.
Why Does Original Fabric Wear Out So Fast… And Cost So Much?
If you’re wondering why so much OEM stuff is such poor quality, it’s because most RV manufacturers demand the cheapest components to keep costs down. But just like the car industry, RV replacement parts are a major profit center for manufacturers, so the prices on parts are highly inflated. We’ve heard that if you were to buy every single part required to build a car from scratch, it would cost multiple times more than buying it all pre-assembled. We’re sure the same is true for RVs! ?
But as bad, and expensive, as OEM RV awning replacement fabric can be, cheaper material that some shops use to save money can be even worse. That’s why we’ve used Tough Top Awnings fabric every time an awning or slide topper on our rig has needed replacement. The very first topper we purchased was so clearly, obviously better than the original (and less expensive), it’s been a no-brainer ever since.
How Do I Figure Out How To Replace My Own RV Awning And Slide Topper Fabric?
Over the years, we’ve continued to create step-by-step tutorial installation videos for different models of RV awnings and slide toppers. Which means we likely have a video covering the awnings and slide toppers on your RV. You can check out all of our available RV awning and slide topper replacement videos here:
How About That $1,000 RV Slide Topper And Awning Replacement Fabric Giveaway!?!?!
We’re thrilled that Tough Top Awnings has agreed to offer two $500 gift certificates in our latest RVgeeks Giveaway! They can be redeemed at toughtopawnings.com or when ordering over the phone (360-953-3299). Each winner can use their $500 prize to order replacement fabric for slide toppers, window awnings, door or patio awnings, or even one of our favorite Tough Top products: Privacy Panels.
Limited Time Sale On Replacement Fabric
Don’t worry… if you don’t win the giveaway (or if you’re just the impatient type and need instant gratification, which we totally identify with by the way!), Tough Top Awnings is also offering a special 10% DISCOUNT from now through February 28, 2021, which is DOUBLE the usual discount they always offer RVgeeks viewers. Use the Discount Code WINTER2021 when ordering from the Tough Top Awnings website, or over the phone.
What a great way to start off the new year! 2021 is looking brighter, already!
Of course, if you’re seeing this after the giveaway and double discount have ended, don’t despair. ? You can ALWAYS use our normal discount code “RVGEEKS” to save 5% on your order. ?
Safe travels, and best of luck in the giveaway everyone!
The original equipment fabric that comes on RV awnings and slidetoppers is... well, how do we say this?... CRAP!. It's no surprise, since the RV manufacturers are looking to cut their costs...Show More
The original equipment fabric that comes on RV awnings and slidetoppers is... well, how do we say this?... CRAP!. It's no surprise, since the RV manufacturers are looking to cut their costs. Instead of replacing it with the same stuff that failed in the first place, get high-quality replacement fabric from Tough Top Awnings, instead.
Plus you can save 5% on your entire order from Tough Top Awnings. The coupon code is valid online or over the phone!Show Less
Sometimes we receive products for evaluation at no cost and may use affiliate links to the products and services from which we earn commissions. For example, as an Amazon Associate, we earn from qualifying purchases. That said, it's important to us to let you know that our opinions are our own. We only recommend products we believe deliver real value and that we can confidently recommend without reservation. You also won’t pay an extra penny by using our links. Thanks so much for supporting RVgeeks as we work to create helpful RVing-related content that we hope enhances your RVing life!
Even though we're handy RVers, we're not professional technicians. So although we're happy with the techniques and products we use, you should be sure to confirm that all methods and materials are compatible with your equipment and abilities. Regardless of what we recommend, consult a professional if you're unsure about working on your RV. Any task you perform or product you purchase based on any information we provide is strictly at your own risk.