So frustrated...to tears...with canvas replacement.

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  1. k-t-did

    k-t-did Active Member

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    I'm just beyond stressed. I ordered new canvas for my camper and tried installing it last night. It is just almost impossible. My husband says it is NOT impossible. But I'm telling you....We literally get about 6"-10" hung in an hour. We worked hours last night and we are just 1/2 way there and the tenting is hanging out of the track in multiple places.

    This should be SO easy. There are no beds, just the box. It's literally a rectangle. Rope is sewn into the hems of the canvas, and has to be slid along parallel c-channel tracks top and bottom. It WILL NOT slide. We have to yank and cajole and push with screwdrivers (Just what you want to do with $1k canvas, right?).

    I was full-out crying last night. A major part of the problem is that my original canvas had NO vertical seams. Canvas Replacements put numerous vertical seams in the replacement. This creates bulk that was not in the original and makes it not work. Also, the channel is old and not uniform, which also contributes.

    We are supposed to leave for spring break Sunday. Not happening.

    For the price I paid, I am just astounded that the people at the shop couldn't figure that putting huge bulky seams where there were none would be an issue.

    I'm ready to quit. My husband says we can get it done. But it is literally painful to go an inch at a time like this.
     
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    I am sure someone who has done this will chime in but when I was exploring what is involved with this task, a rubber mallet was the suggested tool to hammer the rope into the C channel. Have you tried that?

    Fast forward to the 20 min mark
     
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    Can you take a picture of the channel where the canvas is supposed to slide into? And also take a picture of the canvas that slides into the channel
     
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    Spray some lubricant (silicone?) into the channel?
     
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    You cleaned the channel and sprayed in some dry lubricant ?
     
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    Use some ivory bar soap on the canvas top and the channel.
     
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    Also , it helps to have someone hold the canvas level and back when feeding it in. So , more of a pulling it through motion rather then pushing it. This will take out some of the bunching up that may be binding the canvas from going in.
     
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    I cleaned it out very well, but didn't lubricate. Was worried about staining the new canvas, as it is white inside.
     
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    We are doing this, for sure. One person at the entrance point of the channel, holding it level and feeding it through, one person in the middle, guiding, one at opposite end, and one holding remaining canvas up off ground so it's not weighing it down.
     
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    This has a rubber strip that goes into the channel...not the rope sewn into the hem, I'm pretty sure.
     
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    It’s been much cleaned up since.
     
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    This is why I sold my last one and bought a newer one rather than replacing the canvas.
    Best of luck.
     
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    Well, I have a newer one! Lol The whole point of this one was to have a vintage camper.

    had no clue replacing the canvas would be like this!
     
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    I would lube it with liquid dish soap
     
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    k-t-did Active Member

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    What dry lubricant wouldn’t stain white?
     
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    Talcum powder can make things slide when they otherwise want to stick. That shouldn't stain your canvas, either.
     
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    You could try using a screwdriver to bend the channel a little wider then close it back up after the canvas is in.
     
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    As mentioned, bar soap, paraffin wax, baby powder...but Rusty isn't wrong either. If the channel is metal and can be forced open (and then rubber malleted back into shape), you might have to do that.

    I wonder if the people at Canvas Replacements would have suggestions.
     
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    Orchid Sharp Shootin' Grandma

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    We didn't slide ours into the channel. We kind of popped it in as we went along. We sort of pushed it into the channel, then pounded it with rubber mallet. It was not super easy, but not hard either.

    I can't see how sliding is going to work. If canvas would slide into a channel, it would slide out all the time with movement. It would just be too loose.
     
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