December 8, 2017 Imperial Dam LTVA Winterhaven, CA

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

Patio Awning Fabric Replacement

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

As these two images clearly show, after 14 years of use and abuse, I believe I got my money’s worth out of this original awning fabric.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

For the last two years the awning has been held together with a hope and a prayer, plus a bit of wire and a lot of Gorilla Tape. Since I had a good experience with ShadePro last winter when I added two new window awnings, I figured I would wait until I returned here to the LTVA and have them do the patio awning fabric replacement. I called them Tuesday to set up an appointment and they scheduled me in for Friday of the same week. Remember that the largest influx of RV’ers here isn’t until after Christmas, so I imagine the wait time would be a little more after the holidays.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

The ShadePro tech showed up on time, actually a little earlier than expected ( he did call me to let me know he was coming a little early, and to confirm directions ). He was very professional and personable and immediately set to work, extending the awning and began removing the aluminum rollup tube from the arms.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

After removing the aluminum tube that the fabric rolls up on, he began cutting away my wire reinforcement attach points on the old torn fabric.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

Next, he attached a rope and pulley that would allow him to slide the new fabric along the length of the track while standing at the front end feeding the fabric into the track ( thus turning a two man job into a one man job ).

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

All this while being diligently supervised by the motorhome’s resident expert.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

Pulling the old fabric out of the track.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

Attaching the rope and pulley system to the new fabric.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

Sliding the new fabric down the track.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

He then prepares the aluminum rollup tube to be inserted into the new fabric.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

Inserts the aluminum tube …

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

… again under Sam’s supervision. Actually this is my gratuitous  wildlife shot for the day. The hummingbirds were a little disturbed with the interference this project caused.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

He reattaches the front arm to the awning.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

Then the rear arm.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

Rolls the awning up to test.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

Rolls it back down. Finished! Done in less than an hour, old fabric boxed up and taken away, all the ground policed for job litter, tools loaded into the truck, paperwork completed ( I paid by credit card ), and he was on his way.

ShadePro Awning Replacement
ShadePro Awning Replacement

This was my second experience with ShadePro and I would not hesitate to recommend them. fast, courteous, professional, and very reasonably priced. I had a different tech for each job and both were obviously well trained and very professional, as well as being personable fellows.

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5 thoughts on “December 8, 2017 Imperial Dam LTVA Winterhaven, CA”

  1. i am glad that you got your money’s worth out of the old shade and that your intrepid handiwork kept the awning going for as long as it did. the Shade Pro employees are amazing. i wish you happy relaxing in the Imperial Dam area.

    my hummingbird feeder has frozen solid the previous few nights here in Eugene, so after being scolded by the birds, i finally decided to bring in the feeder every night. now they get the liquid food early every morning instead of waiting for the sun to melt it.

    the sunshine must feel good after staying in Bend longer than you liked. i read your blog every posting and send you continued healing vibes and lots of positive energy. i look forward to seeing some of your new paintings. bess

    1. Do the hummingbirds actually hang around in Eugene all winter? As far as the painting goes, I have not been able to get motivated to complete two that I started back in Bend this fall, but hope something gets me going again sometime soon.

      1. yes, we have 2 varieties that over-winter here. a little green ones and the bright red headed ones. i am trying out a new flat type of feeder that is endorsed by the Audubon Society that my neighbor uses. it is about 2 inches tall and 8 inches in diameter and has a red cover with 8 feeding holes. it will take a while for them to come to the feeder, which i hung by my kitchen window.

        i had a show last month at a local gallery in which i showed paintings in pastels, oils, watercolor, and acrylic. and since then i have been so busy with just the day-to-day life stuff that i have not painted either. these times of lack of inspiration occur too often for me to produce very much work. i also have several half-finished paintings to complete and i plan on entering a show next year.

        Barry and i are planning a trip to the southwest in March and April with our 1955 vintage travel trailer, 15 feet long. it was restored in 2010 and we have been on 2 big trips so far. we love getting out in the wide open spaces like you do. i enjoy your blog very much and look forward to your beautiful photos. thanks! bess

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