RE: [classicrv] Ned's awning report
- Hi Ned!
Sounds like you have a two-fold problem Ned. First you need to get the
mechanical [frame] for the awning fixed up, and then you need to attack the
fabric side of things.
First; the frame.
Look for an A&E model tag on the uprights or brackets to determine what you
have. Sounds like a model 8000 to me. Then, do not call Dometic/A&E, as they
are practically no help at all. They dont want to know about their old
products at all [looking at their website leads you to believe they dont
want you to know much about their new stuff either].
Instead, call All Seasons RV Appliance Parts & Service at 1-800 344-0673 or
(219) 293-4591. They are at 1150 Mitchell Johnson Drive, Elkhart, IN 45516
[dont loose this info, because there are several All Seasons RV joints
around the country I had to really dig to remember where I hid this info
This All Seasons has parts and illustrated parts breakdowns for all of the
older series A&E awnings. Some are in PDF format and the nice lady on the
parts counter will file attach the info to an e-mail [thats how I got
mine]. Once equipped with this you can order replacements for the broken
parts of your framework and get that functioning, as it should. The sprung
extender arm retainers on my 8000 look like they pop-rivet into the extender
arms. The arms do dis-assemble, but you need to be careful about tripping
the spring inside the roller when you remove them. Do the left side first to
get a feel for the job.
Second; The Vinyl.
If it were my rig and problem, I would drive to the nearest Camping world
and have them install a new vinyl insert. Its not a job for first timers
unless you have a lot of practice wallpapering on a ladder and recovering
fabric on airplanes while in flight. If it just needs a good cleaning and
spot repair, fine but if it is really bad, save up for a new one, and have
it professionally installed because I guarantee you will discover new words
in your vocabulary that you have never heard before if you try to DIY as a
Joel in NH Happy 4th of July All!
Handy Hints to Buying Used RVs Make owner show you how easy it is to raise
and lower awning
Joel B. Chappell - KC1SG
21 Billings Street
Milford, NH 03055
From: nbedinger [mailto:ned.b@...]
Sent: Friday, July 04, 2003 8:52 AM
Subject: [classicrv] Ned's awning report
I opened the awning for the first time last week. The previous owner (PO)
started to tell me about its condition during sale price negotiaitions, but
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- Hi too you Joel! Are you logging in from a remote mountain lake campsite
this holiday? I figured everyone else must be "out there", didn't expect to
hear anything back for days yet. I'm glad yer hanging in, and I appreciate
the sage advice.
Sounds to me like you've been there and done that. I've made a printout of
the All Seasons/Elkhart contact information to store with my RV manuals,
owner documents, etc. Some savvy web developer ought to pitch them a web
site, they might become pretty popular with classic rv'ers by taking up the
slack in the line left by Dometic/A&E.
I did piddle around on the Dometic web site for a while. They're A-1
All-Stars at concealing anything I might find useful in the way of A&E
awnings (aside from a few static pics of gazebo awnings on mobile homes), so
I checked out some of the Euro-looking RV doors. Boyo, I like that top
hatch with the gal sticking her head out. I've been thinking of putting a
flying bridge (with dual conning setup) topside, so the hatch would be a
fine way to get up there and back. Also I might, one day when the condition
of all my basement bay doors exceeds 50% rumpled or crooked, consider
upgrading them to the style of bay door that Dometic is selling. I might,
that is, except that Dometic's marketing blurbs and instructions are ALL
geared to manufacturers. The doors, for instance: their instructions say
to save the piece you cut out of the siding, and use it as the face of the
door. Methinks they're not aiming for the classic rv market. On the other
hand, a few square feet of boilerplate, or maybe some plywood with red oak
veneer and a thorough coat of spar varnish, would fix 'em up classic-style.
Anyway, I've promised myself to *finish* at least one thing this summer, so
I guess I am going to nail that awning. The good news is that my primary
job description includes "performing self-apendectomy..." and "changing
tires on moving vehicles"--I may be qualified go the DIY route on the
practical stuff like the metal parts. I'll check with Camping World about
price of inserts, but the prices I've seen there for big awnings will keep
them off of my short list of projects this year.
So, this could be as simple as making a call to All Seasons, browsing a
parts list for an Imperial 8000 model, and installing a few aluminium parts.
Wow, finished my summer project by July 10 :^)
Happy Fourth of July.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Joel B. Chappell" <joel.b.chappell@...>
Sent: Friday, July 04, 2003 8:32 AM
Subject: RE: [classicrv] Ned's awning report
Sounds like you have a two-fold problem Ned.
- ---Ned. My travel partner had the same problem with a similar awning.
Not sure what brand but it operated the same as yours. We corrected
his problem in a simple way. Considering he didn't want to spend much
money or time solving this problem, we just extended the booms where
they needed to be and drilled a 1/4 inch hole through it and he just
puts a pin in it when he sets up. Works just fine. He was going to
order parts later on but found this works well enough. That was
several years ago. Also he had a fabric tear about the same size and
place that you describe. Previous owner turned to sharp to the right
and clipped a tree with the last foot of awning, tore the fabric. We
repaired that rip by first sewing with a sewing awl (purchase at
hardware store, comes with everything you need) then we coated both
side with cool seal. Several coats along the sewn seam worked well.
Sincerely Dan G.
- I found some adhesive-backed dacron fabric used for temporary sail
repairs--it looks wide enough to cover the rip. I think I am going to try
and stitch it on and seal it up as you described. I'll post an update when
----- Original Message -----
From: "deedly02" <deedly@...>
Sent: Friday, July 04, 2003 10:23 AM
Subject: [classicrv] Re: Ned's awning report
> ---Ned. My travel partner had the same problem with a similar awning.
> Not sure what brand but it operated the same as yours. We corrected
> his problem in a simple way. Considering he didn't want to spend much
> money or time solving this problem, we just extended the booms where
> they needed to be and drilled a 1/4 inch hole through it and he just
> puts a pin in it when he sets up. Works just fine. He was going to
> order parts later on but found this works well enough. That was
> several years ago. Also he had a fabric tear about the same size and
> place that you describe. Previous owner turned to sharp to the right
> and clipped a tree with the last foot of awning, tore the fabric. We
> repaired that rip by first sewing with a sewing awl (purchase at
> hardware store, comes with everything you need) then we coated both
> side with cool seal. Several coats along the sewn seam worked well.
> Sincerely Dan G.