On our previous RV, a 2003 Winnebago Adventurer, the slide awning lasted about two years before it began to deteriorate. On our Journey, it has been just a little over four years before I noticed a couple of threads beginning to come apart on one awning. Probably because it has a better quality fabric in the awning.
I have come up with a quick fix that re-enforces the area on the awning where it is starting to tear and helps to give the awning an extension on it's useful life.
I open the slide a bit and cut a four by one inch piece of Eternabond tape. I put the tape over the area on the awning that is starting to come apart, folding half on the top side of the awning, and half on the underside.
This re-enforces the weak area and joins it to more solid fabric. Most slide awnings are white, so white tape won't stand out. My awnings are gray, but hey, if it gives me a few more years of service out of the awning, I wouldn't care if the tape was purple. Plus, it's almost impossible to see from the ground.
I suppose in a pinch, duct tape or Gorilla tape would work, but I don't think that repair would last as long as the Eternabond tape.
That's my awning tip. I'm always looking for good ideas to care for my RV, so if you have any neat tips you've come across, feel free to share.
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