Replacing RV awning — roller tube question

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gary-736Dear Gary,
I need to replace the awning fabric on my 18-foot awning. All of the aftermarket replacements I find are two pieces, a main awning and a valance. I am having trouble visualizing how the two are joined together in the single slot on the roller tube. Please advise how this is done. —Ron T.

Dear Ron,
Many awning roller tubes (depending on brand and vintage) have two or three individual slots: one for the canopy, another one for the valance and possibly a third slot in order to incorporate a screen room panel. If your roller tube only has a single slot, it will not be possible to include the valance, I’m afraid.


That said, I have seen replacement canopies with a “built-in” valance. A single piece of the plastic gimp was sewn into a seam between the main canopy and the valance. This allows the single gimp to utilize a single slot roller tube. You may have to order a replacement directly from the manufacturer or one of their dealers rather than utilizing an aftermarket replacement. 

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Robert Olson

I have to replace my fabric on my awning. Problem is I am having trouble selecting the right width.
My actual groove length on the roller is 14′ 4′ FROM INSIDE END CAP TO the other CAP. Basically a 15′ awning. I can find lots of pretty 14′ 2″ awnings or a 13′ 2″ awning. I am concerned that the 14′ 2′ will be too tight leaving only an 1″ on each end, and I think the 13′ 2″ will look funny as it will show so much bare roller. These each cost around $152. I can move up in cost to a 13’10” which would be great, but it’s a solid color and very plain, costing $235.
I would love to get the 14′ 2″, but will I be asking for trouble if I only have an inch to spare at each end?
Rob