If you enjoy camping in your RV, you know how important it is to have a functional awning. An awning provides shade, protection from rain and wind, and a cozy outdoor space to relax and enjoy nature. However, over time, your awning may get damaged by weather, wear and tear, or accidents. If your awning is torn, sagging, faded, or leaking, it may be time to replace it with a new one. Here are some steps to help you replace your camper's awning safely and easily.
Measure your old awning. Before you buy a new awning, you need to know the size and type of your old one. You can measure the length of the awning by extending it fully and measuring from the center of one arm to the center of the other arm. You can measure the width of the fabric by measuring from the edge of the roller tube to the edge of the valance. You also need to check the model and brand of your awning hardware, as some awnings are compatible only with certain types of hardware.
Buy a new awning. Once you have the measurements and specifications of your old awning, you can shop for a new one that matches your needs and preferences. You can choose from different colors, fabrics, styles, and features for your new awning. You can also decide whether you want a manual or an electric awning, depending on your budget and convenience. You can buy a new awning online or from a local RV dealer or service center.
Remove the old awning. Before you remove the old awning, make sure you have someone to help you, as this can be a heavy and cumbersome task. You also need to have some tools handy, such as a drill, a screwdriver, a wrench, a ladder, and some safety goggles.
To remove the old awning, follow these steps:
- Park your RV on a level surface and disconnect it from any power source.
- Extend the old awning fully and lock it in place.
- Remove the screws or bolts that secure the awning arms to the RV wall.
- Carefully lower the arms and detach them from the roller tube.
- Roll up the fabric around the roller tube and secure it with some straps or bungee cords.
- Remove the screws or bolts that hold the roller tube brackets to the RV wall.
- Lift the roller tube off the brackets and set it aside.
- Dispose of the old awning properly or recycle it if possible.
Install the new awning.
To install the new awning, follow these steps:
- Unpack the new awning and check that all the parts are included and in good condition.
- Attach the new roller tube brackets to the RV wall using the same holes as the old ones or drilling new ones if needed. Make sure they are level and aligned with each other.
- Lift the new roller tube onto the brackets and secure it with screws or bolts.
- Unroll the fabric from the roller tube and slide it into the awning rail on the RV roof.
- Attach the new awning arms to the roller tube using screws or bolts.
- Raise the arms and secure them to the RV wall using screws or bolts.
- Adjust the tension and pitch of the fabric according to your preference.
- Test the operation of the new awning by extending and retracting it several times.
Enjoy your new awning. Congratulations! You have successfully replaced your camper's awning. Now you can enjoy your outdoor space with more comfort and style. Remember to maintain your new awning regularly by cleaning it, lubricating it, and inspecting it for any damage. You can also add some accessories to enhance your awning experience, such as lights, speakers, screens, or mats.