Thinking the same thing. That 18 foot awning was a major selling point for us and we want to take care of it.
What about those awning covers I've seen for sale? Basically, looks like it's just a split PVC pipe, that goes on the rolled up awning. Anyone have experience and comments on one of these, for storage and whenever the awning isn't extended?
It’s actually very easy to replace! When you buy your new awning it comes with very specific instructions! One you disassemble the frame it actually slides out and the new one back in very easy! I think the hardest part is rewinding the crank! You have to count the turns when disassembling and crank the same plus one when putting it back together. Awnings are actually very reasonable.