Caravan Awning Extensions & Reductions

Awning extension and reductions

*OSS uses Ten-Cate All Seasons Touring high quality 100% polyester coated canvas

*New awning rail piping replaced the old piping as it is now too short for the new awning size.
NOTE: OSS do not recommend extensions over 750mm!
Awning treatment now available:
Mould, Algae, Lichen and Moss Removal & Killer For Caravan Awnings, Boat covers, sails and more.

Awning extension and reductions
  • Anti-wicking threads keep seams from leaking.
  • Strong double folded lap seams the same as used in the manufacturing process
  • Water resistant tape used inside seam and out of sight
  • new replacement beading/piping included in price for extensions
Alterations up to 750.00mm maximum
  • Caravan awning extensions - £225
    • new replacement beading/piping included in the price for extensions
  • Caravan awning reductions - Starting from £185

"Hi Martin
Hope the images of the work are ok, also to let you know we had constant rain all night on Sat and NO leaks on any of the seams, good job with this, thanks, Rosie Forrest."

Two X darts of 187.00mm totaling 374.00mm were added to each end of the awning roof section and the ends of the darts faired in with a lofting batten to create the best fit to the caravan as possible.

NOTE: OSS do not recommend extensions over 750mm!


What awning size is right for your caravan

Notes

Order Now and we will contact you within 24 hours to arrange collection

Courier Charges £15.00 Nationwide Please ensure that all items are free from dirt and wildlife. Only dry products can be repaired.

If you require us to dry your product please advise us prior to collection as this may lengthen the time we require to complete our work and return your item to you.

All items will be checked for wear and tear and our clients will be advised of any recommended maintenance work. No additional work will be undertaken without the prior agreement of the charge.

We have the facility to service/repair items from small-bespoke bags to Marquees including garden furniture, canvas and heavy leather products.

Clearly, indicate or take a photo (email) of the area for repair.

3-4 day turn around for those wishing to be back in their caravans for the weekend

 

 

Awning alterations, extensions & reductions
  • All work has a 12-month warranty
  • UK wide collection and delivery
  • Anti-wicking threads

Awning and Tent repairs

  • Repairs from £35 or talk to us and we can supply options for you to do the repair at home yourself saving even more money.

Preseason servicing

  • Service your awning prior to winter storage.
  • Book service in prior to pre-season rush. Prices start at £60.00 plus materials.
  • Winter storage, see our Blog

Wet and Forget Awning & Boat cover cleaning

Wet and Forget Awning & Boat cover cleaning

Cleaning your caravan awning and boat covers is a service OUTDOOR SEWING SOLUTIONS offered some time ago via a thrid party supplier.

Since then we have not been able to find a suitable solution to cleaning Caravan awnings and boat covers.

The biggest challenge is the chemicals used rot the treads and materials also making the materials go brittle.

 

Wet and forget is not being sold in order to clean dirt off your awning as this can be achieved with soap and warm water.

 

Wet and Forget removes Mould, Algae, Lichen, and Moss

 

Suitable for cleaning patios, paths, tarmac, block paving, roofs and tennis courts, in fact, ANY outside surface exposed to rainfall. Kills and removes Moss, Mould, Lichen, and Algae with no need of special equipment, just a good garden sprayer.  Wet & Forget helps prevent the damage caused by harsh scouring, scrubbing or water blasting. Unlike bleach-based cleaners, Wet & Forget has an unlimited shelf life.

ELIMINATES HARSH METHODS

Wet & Forget helps prevent the damage caused by the harsh scouring of scrubbing or water blasting.

NO SPECIAL EQUIPMENT

Just use Wet & Forget with a garden sprayer

RESIDUAL EFFECT

Some of the ingredient remains active to prevent premature recontamination.

UNLIMITED SHELF LIFE

Unlike bleach-based cleaners Wet & Forget has an unlimited shelf life even when mixed with water.

OUTDOOR SEWING SOLUTIONS MARINE

Clean Outside Surfaces and Remove Moss with Original Wet and Forget Cleaners

Wet & Forget has a unique combination of biodegradable selective surfactants for Moss, Mould, Lichen and Algae removal on any exterior surface. When diluted with water and applied, it immediately attacks these unsightly contaminants.

Each time it rains, this safe, cleansing combination reactivates to help flush away the Moss, Mould, Lichen and Algae without scouring the surface it has infested. Wet & Forget is a safe and effective way of removing these contaminants from ANY exterior surface.  Once applied the wind and the rain will gently takes the decomposing material away bit by bit until the surface is clean.

  • Non caustic.
  • Non acidic.
  • No bleach.
  • No pressure washing.
  • No elbow grease.
  • 5L concentrate makes 30L of product. No special equipment required just a good garden sprayer..
  • Easy to maintain, reapply at the first sign of recontamination.
  • UNLIMITED shelf life even when mixed with water.

Boat & Sail Cleaner Using Wet and Forget on your Yacht or Marina

Wet And Forget has a significant presence and use in the yachting and marine leisure environment. We are used by one of the UK's top sail cleaners based in Portsmouth. They apply Wet And Forget as part of their sail laundry process to prevent the build-up of mould, mildew and algae. Wet and Forget achieves this by activating each time the sail or surface becomes wet. This kills the spores that arrive and keeps doing so for up to a year. We are used by the world's biggest super yachts down to the smallest of inflatable boats. Many yacht/boat owners use Wet and Forget as part of their annual algae removal.

Wet and Forget is safe on Dacron, Mylar, Kevlar and Carbon Fibre. It's also great for cleaning sail covers, dodgers and sheets. Because Wet & Forget is a specially formulated surface biocide, it's non-caustic, non-acid and no bleach, means you can use Wet and Forget on ANY outdoor surface. Thereby keeping your yacht/boat or equipment looking like new all year around.

Wet & Forget is used all over the world to keep mariners and harbours clean and safe for their customers. We are used extensively to remove mould and slippery algae from walk ways, slipways, paths and walls. Whether used on wood or concrete. Wet and Forget will keep everything clean and safe for up to a year.

Conquer Awning Stains with Wet & Forget Outdoor

Wet & Forget Outdoor wipes out moss, algae, lichen, mold and mildew on surfaces all around your home with no scrubbing, bleaching or pressure washing needed. Maybe you’ve enjoyed amazing results using Wet & Forget Outdoor to eliminate damaging moss on your roof, or disgusting algae on your deck. But what about messes on your awning? Read on to find out about keeping your awning clean with Wet & Forget Outdoor.

 

You Love your Awning. You Don’t Love the Mold and Mildew.

Installing an awning is a wonderful way to enjoy some shade during the summer, and create a comfortable spot to relax. But whether your awning is aluminum, canvas, rigid, or retractable, it can fall victim to disgusting growths such as green algae, black algae, moss, lichen, or mold and mildew. Cloth awnings can be particularly vulnerable to mold and mildew because the cloth can hold on to that little bit of moisture that creates the perfect environment for mold and mildew growth. Pretty soon, you can find yourself spending less time relaxing beneath your awning, and more time up on a ladder with a scrub brush and bleach, or fighting with a pressure washer.

 

The Problem with Bleaching and Pressure Washing

Bleaching and pressure washing are two of the common methods that people turn to when they’re faced with outdoor growths such as moss, lichen, algae, or mold and mildew. But if you use bleach on your awning, you will either have to take it down to scrub it, or climb around on a ladder and scrub the awning. The caustic bleach runoff can kill patches of your lawn, and it can also damage or discolor cloth awnings or speed up wear and tear on the surface of some other types of awnings. A pressure washer makes a muddy mess, and pressure washing risks tearing cloth awnings and can add wear and tear to other awning types. Neither of these methods does anything to prevent the growths from coming right back again, trapping you in an endless cycle of cleaning and re-cleaning. Worst of all, both bleaching and pressure washing leave your awning wet afterwards, which is like rolling out the welcome mat for mold and mildew to start re-growing.

 

Conquer Awning Stains with Wet & Forget Outdoor

With Wet & Forget Outdoor, you can break free from the cleaning and re-cleaning cycle once and for all. Wet & Forget Outdoor wipes out moss, algae, lichen, and mold and mildew with no bleach or pressure washing needed, and keeps them away for a year or more in most cases. Wet & Forget Outdoor’s gentle, non-caustic formula works with the wind and rain to eliminate stains over time, so it’s safe to use on any type of awning, including cloth awnings. Even the most stubborn mold and mildew is no match for Wet & Forget Outdoor: Judy had tried almost everything and thought she would have to give up and replace her cloth awning, until she discovered Wet & Forget Outdoor. Now she’s one of our biggest fans! And you don’t have to do any scrubbing or rinsing with Wet & Forget Outdoor—just spray and leave.

 

How to Clean your Awning with Wet & Forget Outdoor

Cleaning your awning with Wet & Forget Outdoor couldn’t be easier. Simply:

  1. Mix 1 part Wet & Forget Outdoor with 5 parts water in a pump-up style garden sprayer.
  2. Spray your awning with the diluted Wet & Forget solution at a time that allows 4 to 5 hours’ drying time before the threat of rain. If your awning is retractable, leave it open for at least 4 to 5 hours to allow the Wet & Forget Outdoor to dry thoroughly.
  3. Get back to enjoying your awning, and let Wet & Forget Outdoor do all the work for you!

If your awning is retractable, leave it open as much as possible to allow Wet & Forget Outdoor to work with the wind and rain to eliminate the stains. Once the stains have disappeared, you can return to your normal routine.

When treating moss, be sure to saturate the moss thoroughly so that the Wet & Forget solution can penetrate the moss’s root-like structures. To treat lichen, follow these special instructions.

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Tents are made out of a wide range of fabrics

Tents are made out of a wide range of fabrics these days, not just traditional canvas. Below you'll find details and benefits of each.

At one time tents were simple: They were all made of canvas, a traditional 100 percent cotton fabric. Cotton is a great material for making superior tents, but it’s relatively rare today.

Its main disadvantage is its weight compared to modern, manmade fabrics. But you can’t beat the wonderful smell inside a traditional cotton tent and it’s the best fabric for keeping you cool on hot days and warm during cold nights.

The cotton naturally breathes, so it is less prone to condensation than modern fabrics. As a result, you’ll often find cotton tents don’t bother with inner tents in the sleeping areas.

Why does my new cotton tent leak?

One oddity of cotton canvas can catch out the innocent beginner - brand new cotton tents usually leak!

Sounds drastic, doesn’t it? It isn’t really. New cotton canvas tents need to go through a process called weathering. It's simple to avoid a soaking though, just put up the tent when rain is forecast and wait for the clouds to open.

The tent will get wet, some drips will come through and all the cotton fibers in the weave will swell and nestle into each other. The result? A perfectly waterproof tent and one that will give years and years of good service if it is looked after.

Some tents will need two or three weatherings before every last drip is eliminated. Be patient, those last few drips will go unless of course, there's a hole somewhere that needs to be fixed. You can, speed up the process and replace the rain with a hose pipe or a watering can.

Some cotton tents have a weather-proof coating so don't need weathering. Be careful, though, this may remove the breathability of the fabric which is one of cotton's main advantages.

PVC coated canvas tents

Larger frame tents and many trailer tents will be made from cotton canvas but will have a heavy Poly Vinyl Chloride (PVC) coating on the roof to make them strong and waterproof.

The only drawback of this is the added weight and a slight tendency for condensation for form on the plastic coated fabric. Condensation can be a problem with any coated fabric and that’s why ventilation is so important in tents.

Many newcomers to camping mistake condensation for a leaky tent but if you buy a tent with good ventilators and use them correctly your tent should stay dry and comfortable.

Polycotton canvas tents

Just as with shirts, 100 percent cotton tents have mostly been replaced by tents made from a mixture known as polycotton.

This natural cotton blended with polyester can give a lighter fabric with the same strength. Like cotton, it can be used uncoated but normally will be treated to make it repel water.

Polyester tents

This common fabric for tents comes with a variety of different coatings. Many tent manufacturers offer their own coatings with different names.

What you need to look for is a breathable coating that lets air but not moisture through. This fabric is generally more durable than nylon but everything we’ve said about nylon (below) pretty much applies to polyester tent fabrics. Among the factors that make it perhaps the most popular tent fabric is that it doesn’t shrink or get baggy when wet, and it is far less affected by sunlight.

Nylon tents

Small tents are often made of nylon. Individual nylon fibers do not absorb water and generally, this means the fabric can be made much lighter.

The cheapest and simplest tents are made from nylon but so are the most expensive tents destined for expedition use, the difference is in the coatings.

Untreated nylon can be used for tents but usually, it will be coated. The coating may be acrylic, polyurethane (PU) or silicone.

Quality and durability of these coatings vary and, as with most things in life, better coatings are more expensive. Acrylic is usually cheapest and silicone, which offers the best protection, is more expensive.

Often the fine weave of a nylon tent will be reinforced with a larger ‘rip-stop’ net pattern in the weave. Think ladies ‘nylons’ (as they used to be called) or tights. Tights ‘ladder’ very easily and you’d hate a similar thing to happen to your tent fabric. The ‘rip-stop’ pattern of thicker threads allows most of the fabric to be extremely thin – and hence lightweight – but the thicker areas prevent a tear ‘laddering’ (or ‘propagating through’) the fabric if a small hole is made in it.

When a nylon tent gets damp the fabric slackens, so you may need to tighten your guy lines to keep it in good shape.

Nylon is attacked by ultraviolet light so strong sunlight can shorten the life of your tent. Special light filter coatings reduce this effect but long exposure on bright summer days will still reduce the life of a nylon tent.

A tent on fire

No tent fabric is fireproof. Today most tent makers claim their fabrics are fire retardant but all tents will burn and most will burn remarkably quickly.

That’s the reason you should never use any equipment with open flames in a tent and, however romantic you think it may be, never, ever use candles in or near a tent.

If your tent does catch fire there is only one thing to do. Get everybody out and get clear of the tent as quickly as possible. Save yourself and worry about the tent later.

Traditional tent campers adopt an excellent habit – they all keep a fire-bucket full of water or sand outside their tent. Nothing is more effective if a tent does catch fire than half a dozen good neighbors each throwing their own bucket of water on the blaze.

The Club has a rule that units should always be 6 meters apart from each other. The law states that all units should be no closer than 3 metres apart to help prevent fires from spreading.

Caravan Awning Extensions & Reductions

Caravan awning extensions & reductions

Awning extension and reductions
Anti-wicking threads keep seams from leaking.
Strong double folded lap seams the same as used in the manufacturing process
Water resistant tape used inside seam and out of sight
new replacement beading/piping included in the price for extensions

Alterations up to 750.00mm maximum
Caravan awning extensions - £225
new replacement beading/piping included in the price for extensions
Caravan awning reductions - Starting from £185

  • All work has a 12-month warranty
  • UK wide collection and delivery
  • Anti-wicking threads

Awning and Tent repairs

  • Repairs from £35 or talk to us and we can supply options for you to do the repair at home yourself saving even more money.

Preseason servicing

  • Service your awning prior to winter storage.
  • Book service in prior to pre-season rush. Prices start at £60.00 plus materials.
  • Winter storage, see our Blog

What awning size is right for your caravan

Holiday closure dates

Holiday Closure dates
 
OUTDOOR SEWING SOLUTIONS will be closed on the following dates.
 
We are open on some Saturday mornings but by appointment only or as announced on our facebook prior to the weekend.
 
Good Friday
30/March/2018 Closed
Easter Monday
02/April/2018 Closed
Leave
11/April/2018 - 15/April/2018 Closed
Labor Day
07/05/2018 Closed
 
Summer dates
28/May/2018 - 03/June/2018 Closed
03/August/2018 - 12/August/2018 Closed
 

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OUTDOOR SEWING SOLUTIONS flyers are available to order now.

Just message us and we will send as many flyers as you need to your campsite, Glamping site or sailing club.

You can also save as PDF file and print your own copies, otherwise contact OSS via email and we will send you a PDF copy.

 

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Sewing Capabilities

Sewing table

OUTDOOR SEWING SOLUTIONS have 6 industrial sewing machine of which 4 are set into a 18 meter table.

The two machines not set into the table are a Bar tacking machine and Global zigzag machine we use for binding.

Machine range from straight stitch to zigzag and bar taking machines.

Two machines are long arm machines which allow us to manage larger jobs by reaching further into the middle of panels. This is go for new manufacturing jobs so we do not crease the materials while sewing and great for repairing large jobs being able to get more material under the machine.

The different stitch capabilities of each machine means we can work more efficiently. One job might require different stitch type and thread weights. 

What is a compound walking foot?
There are a few different variations of the walking foot feed system, but the most common one is the triple, a.k.a. compound feed system. Compound feed sewing machines have two alternating presser feet which move the material by synchronising the motion of the needle-bar, the inside presser foot and the bottom feed dog.

Highlead Long Arm

Twin needle walking foot

For large and heavy jobs - Lap seams for Glamping roof seams and Caravan and tent seams

Glamping - Caravan awnings - Tents

Solent long arm sewing Machine

Cam change macine

ZigZag 2 step

Zigzag 3/6 Step

Straight stitch

Windsurf Sail - Dinghy sails - Laminate sails - Large heavy duty sails - Sacrificial strips

Brother sewing machine

Straight stitch walking foot

Heavy duty machine for canvas items

Boat cover - Awnings - Yurts

Phaff Six step sewing machine

Six step

Spinnaker seams

Nylon material

Sail laminates

Tent lap seams 

Light weight materials

 

Global Zigzag sewing machine

Zigzag stitch up to 10mm

Light to medium weight materials

Binding machine

Over the edge lock stitching for raw edges

 

Bar tacking

28 stitch bar tacking

heavy duty

For webbing

20 Tonne Press

Press for eyelets in corners of canopies and sails.

Rutgerson Super rings - Endeavour Ringd

Headboard Liner for Aluminium Headboards 

 

Threads

Threads:

We only use the leading anti-wick thread for sewing operations in awnings, tents, boat covers, tarpaulins and sail making, to promote longevity of our workmanship.

With continued exposure to sunlight and weather, the threads we use are formulated to prevent colour fade and retain strength by spinning a sheath of cotton around a core of continuous filament polyester. It is then coated with an anti-wicking agent to prevent water absorption and water migration along the thread, thus assisting the thread to maintain its dexterity.

Clean Outside Surfaces and Remove Moss

Clean Outside Surfaces and Remove Moss

Canvas Cleaning for Caravan awning, tents and sails

Trees, birds, seaspray, car exhaust, mould and dogs are just some of the culprits for staining awnings, so as far as is practicable, protect your awning from trouble.

Cleaning services for canvas products is limited in the UK with many issues of damage and lost  in the post items when people send their valuable camping items away for cleaning.

OUTDOOR SEWING SOLUTIONS recommendation is as follows.

  1. Erect your tent, Caravan awning or sail at home and with a hose and cloth clean off any dirt you may have on the awning.
  2. Clean with Wet & Forget by spraying on with your Garden Sprayer
  3. Reproof if required with reproofing such as Grangers Fabsil. There are many options for sale at your local outdoor shop or on the Internet. OSS do not currently recommend one product.

Do not ever water jet your outdoor materials as this will only damage the materials and remove any waterproofing the materials might have.

Cleaning

Always wait until the canvas is dry before dealing with mud or dirt, when it can usually be removed with a stiff brush. Stubborn marks can be tackled with plain water, but anything stronger should be avoided if possible. If too unsightly, try soap and water but never detergent. Any area touched by the soap solution will have to be reproofed.

Windows with water and wiped with a soft cloth to remove drips.

Reprooofing

Small patches can be treated with an aerosol proofer and should be applied when the awning is dry and in a well ventilated place. Note the proofer contains solvents which are highly flammable. For larger areas it may be better to use a soft paint brush. Ideal conditions are a warm, dry day, but avoid hot sun which will dry the proofer out too quickly. Do not forget to protect vinyl windows, mudwalls, grass and tarmac while using products which contain spirit-based solvents. Do not pack the awning away until the solvent has completely dried out.

Wet and Forget 

Clean Outside Surfaces and Remove Moss with Original Wet and Forget Cleaners

Wet & Forget has a unique combination of biodegradable selective surfactants for Moss, Mould, Lichen and Algae removal on any exterior surface. When diluted with water and applied, it immediately attacks these unsightly contaminants.

Each time it rains, this safe, cleansing combination reactivates to help flush away the Moss, Mould, Lichen and Algae without scouring the surface it has infested. Wet & Forget is a safe and effective way of removing these contaminants from ANY exterior surface.  Once applied the wind and the rain will gently takes the decomposing material away bit by bit until the surface is clean.

  • Non caustic.
  • Non acidic.
  • No bleach.
  • No pressure washing.
  • No elbow grease.
  • 5L concentrate makes 30L of product. No special equipment required just a good garden sprayer..
  • Easy to maintain, reapply at the first sign of recontamination.
  • UNLIMITED shelf life even when mixed with water.

 

Silicone based proofer with UV protection for tents, awning, garden furniture 

and outdoor accessories. 
 
PROOFING
No matter how good your clothing, footware and equipment, Factory-applied DWR coatings will not maintain their performance indefinitely. 

Grangers have developed a range of products designed to care for all your outdoor gear 

to the highest standards and extend the life of your equipment for many years.
 
ADVANCED MIRRORED TECHNOLOGIES

Granger's Advanced Mirrored Technologies mirror the performance of both the cleaning 

and proofing processes of the manufacturer's Durable Waterproof repellency (DWR) layer. 
Our AMT technologies mirror those of the world's leading outdoor brands. 
 
Granger's AMT means: 
  • Fabric breathability is maintained. 
  • Superb bonding of treatment to the fabric. 
  • Visual appearance of garment is maintained. 
  • Our DWR finish will remain on the fabric even after many washes 

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Clean Outside Surfaces and Remove Moss with Original Wet and Forget Cleaners
Fabsil Universal Protector Liquid

How to alter and repair awnings

How to alter and repair awnings

written by Nigel Hutson
When you buy a new caravan, you can get your existing awning altered to fit – and get expert awning repairs done at the same time, says Nigel Hutson

Together with a mover, caravan awnings are among the most expensive outdoor accessories you can buy. But for many they’re essential, especially if you have a family and need the extra space.

When you buy a new caravan, however, it’s almost guaranteed that the old awning won’t fit. This creates a dilemma: do you buy a new awning, which can cost several thousand pounds, or pick up a secondhand awning, the condition of which is unknown until you put it up? In either case you’ll then have to try to sell your old awning on, in the hope of recouping some of the cost.

We were faced with this when we changed caravans. We had a three-year-old Isabella awning, but couldn’t justify the cost of a new one. Happily, there is a third option. An email to Isabella confirmed that the firm could enlarge our existing awning to fit the new caravan, at a very reasonable price.

Prices for awning alterations

A reduction in size costs £199 including VAT and carriage, while an enlargement such as ours is £285. When you bear in mind that buying a new Isabella awning as a direct replacement would have set us back a hefty £2332, it looks like something of a bargain. These awning alterations are carried out using the same quality materials as the original, and the same expertise.

Rather than using the collection and delivery service, I decided to visit Isabella’s base in Buckinghamshire to see the alterations being carried out, first-hand. Managing director Steven Biggs was keen to share a little of the history of Isabella, whose parent company is based in Denmark and whose name is derived from the Borgward Isabella car, which went out of production in 1964.

I was then shown the huge warehouse that stocks the various awning models (for both Isabella awnings and sister company Ventura awnings), plus camping furniture, Bolon groundsheets and spare parts.

Step by step

After that it was time to watch our awning go through the alteration process. I was told that there is usually a five- to six-week wait for alterations because the workshop is so busy, with the most frantic time being between Easter and the end of May as the season gets under way.

The first step was to book our awning onto the system and note what modifications were required. In our case, the awning is 1000cm, but our new Lunar Clubman caravan – despite being the same make and model as the old caravan – has an awning length of 1035cm. We had a choice: we could either have it extended to the next recognised size (1025cm), which might make it easier to sell at a later date, or have it made to the correct length of 1035cm.

We opted to have our awning made to fit the new caravan exactly, at 1035cm. One of the benefits of the way that Isabella awning roofs are constructed in sections is that they can be altered in such a way that they look original.

Rather than relying on caravan manufacturers to supply awning lengths, Isabella staff actually measure all new caravans (at shows such as the NEC) so that they know which of their awning sizes is most appropriate. This is all kept on a database that now stretches back a good number of years, and is accessible online. All you have to do is put in the make, model and year of your caravan to search for awnings to fit your caravan.

Under the knife

Once the awning had been checked for its condition, we went into the workshop, where I was introduced to Christine and her colleague Sue, who would be working on our awning.

The first thing Sue did was to remove the D-rings at each end of the base of the awning bead. This was then followed by the removal of the profile (the strip to which the fixing clips attach on the roof ), then the awning bead itself. Next, the stitching on the triangular panel at each end of the roof was unpicked so that it could be taken off. Any reinforcing patches and eyelets from that area are also removed. Because there was a double row of stitching on the roof seam, a strip 1cm wide was cut off so that there wouldn’t be any holes that could either be a weakness or allow any awning leaks when the new panel was sewn in. This 1cm was added to the new insert’s dimensions.

Once the roof section had been removed, a new piece was rolled out (in the same material as the original) and the old part was laid on to form a template. However, the increased measurements were used when it was marked out (adding 18.5cm to each panel). Once these had been cut to size, it was time to start the reassembly.

A special tool feeds the materials into the sewing machine, which puts a double seam into the awning roof join. This adds strength and ensures that it is waterproof. The new panel was sewn to the ‘Harlequin’ section at the end of the roof, before the reinforcing patch at the front corner could be replaced along with a new eyelet (where the support pole attaches).

It was then time to attach a new awning bead of the required length, plus reinforcing tape – as used on the original – which helps to prevent the bead’s tape becoming damaged when it is fed into the awning channel on the side of the caravan. After that, the D-ring at each end was replaced, before a new profile was stitched on.

The final job for Sue and Christine was to fold the awning and replace it in its storage bag, completing a remarkably quick and efficient awning extension process.

Make do and mend your awning

As well as alterations, awning repairs can be made to any panels, along with bespoke additions. For example, while Sue was working on our awning, Steve brought in a customer’s annexe for a curtain to be attached to the trademark Isabella ‘porthole’.

For us, this was a cost-effective way of getting an awning for the new caravan, with the peace of mind that comes with having had it done by the people who made it in the first place. Not only that, but the awning doesn’t look as though it’s been altered at all, and the awning can even be put back to its original size should there be a need in the future.

So before you fork out for a new awning, contact the manufacturer of your existing model to see if they offer the same service, or try one of the many independent companies that offer awning repairs and alterations.

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How to alter and repair awnings
How to alter and repair awnings

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