Awning Bag Zipper is Shot

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  1. lodost45

    lodost45 Member

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    Labor Day weekend was hard on my awning. When we were cranking down a little to roll up the awning, the wind caught it bending one of the three poles from the front of the awning back to the camper. This is no big deal as it didn't kink and can be straightened.

    However, once we got the top down we discovered that the zipper is shot that zips over the rolled up awning. I called an outfit that works on canvas, etc. His quote without knowing the length of the zipper was $60 to $90 to replace the zipper.

    Does this sound a little steep or am I just getting old?
    Can you buy just the bag with the new zipper? If so would that be cheaper?

    campernapper
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    benfrench Woodbridge, VA

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    I don't know if you can buy them seperatly or not. My awning bag is in the same shape. Everytime it gets harder and harder to close. I will be watching this to see if someone has a secret.

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    What about using snap buttons? There are the ones that have the "dimple"on them; these require you to insert the side that is 180 degrees away from the dimple to be inserted first, then the dimple side is pushed together. So instead of just reefing on the button, you actually have to start at the dimple.

    After some researching. It's called "pull the dot fastners"
     
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    I use all type of snaps with the Cub Scouts when we do leather crafts. I think the snaps would work great. They are handy for so many things once you start using them. It was a move up for me from duct tape.

    Allen
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    Mine went bad last year while being several hours from home. Luckily since it was only about 6 months old the dealer replaced for free. Keep zip ties handy, I was able to use a few zip ties to hold together on the ride home after it broke. Zip ties and duct tape can fix anything.

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    Benfrench,
    My awning bag is beginning to come apart as well and the zipper was difficult to close. Until I have to replace it I took a candle and ran it down each side of the zipper to act as a lubricant. Now my zipper closes with ease. The bag will still need to be replaced soon, but in the mean time it is much easier to use.

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    $75.00 for new awning bag and $20.00 to local upholstery shop to sew the rubber strip back on. Dealer recommended upholsterer wanted to $60 for the strip; so check around. You can buy zipper by the inch and install yourself if you have a machine that's capable
     
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    caivey North Alabama

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    IV Nurse,
    Where did you get the new awning bag from?

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    I ordered it from the local dealer because the bag was bad as well. However, I checked with the upholsterer and the price to make one was about the same. Again if you have sources and can sew it wouldn't be a difficult project. I would have made it myself, but time was at a premium.
     
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    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    For repairing yours, I'd say the $60-$90 isn't all that bad considering the work that has to be done to do it. If you find an "oldschool" type place thats been around for years, maybe they'll be cheaper. Just so you have an idea, the single mechanism on my awning that you flip the lever and put tension outwards, then relatch the lever, is about $50.... And most awnings are upwards of $500 if I'm not mistaken. even $100 to fix your otherwise perfect awning sounds right IMO.

    As for lubricating the zipper, I have heard of folks using "Beezwax"... A friend of mine from work had a bar of it, looks like soap but its not. He swears by it, and if the zipper is the only thing bad about your awning, you won't have to replace it, not now or any time soon...

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    Thanks for all the info. I will check these things out.

    Oh, and the cross brace pole is now straght. Cost nothing. Well, will have to buy him a brew sometime.

    Thanks again

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    The awning bag zipper is replaced!!!!! After only 4 months the guy finally got to replacing the zipper with a much bigger zipper. The cost was $72.00 with tax. I didn't think that was bad. I had checked on the price of a new bag and it would have been about the same and would have come with a dinky zipper like I had, plus there would have been the labor for sewing the bag and awning together.

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    kmh1596 Wilbraham, MA

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    Great to hear! Be sure to keep some sort of lubrican (the beezwax is AMAZING for zippers), to it doesn't get all gunked up and it will open and close with ease!

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  14. pgordemer

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    Great to hear! Be sure to keep some sort of lubrican (the beezwax is AMAZING for zippers), to it doesn't get all gunked up and it will open and close with ease!
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    If you have a dive shop (scuba) anywhere near you, stop in as ask for Dry Suit Zipper Wax. It comes as a fat crayon. It has bees wax and silicone in it. I can wax my suit zipper and after hours and hours under saltwater diving conditions, can open and close the zipper with ease.

    We used to use it all the time on our Tent zippers (Die hard tent campers until last weekend)

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  15. JoeCamper

    JoeCamper Eastern, Pennsylvania

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    Thanks for the information. I'm having the same problem with my awning zipper and need to replace it before the spring rally in March.

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