Maintaining a recreational vehicle (RV) is an important part of ensuring that your vehicle is safe and able to provide you and your family with many years of reliable service. A vital part of this routine maintenance is replacing the awning when necessary.
An RV awning provides vital protection against the elements, and ensuring that it is in good condition is essential. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to replace an RV awning.
We’ll also provide tips on how to measure for the correct size awning, how to select the best material for your needs, and how to decide which motorized or manual awning is best for you. Read on to learn how to keep your RV looking its best and ensure the safety of your family.
1. Gather the necessary tools & materials
The first step in replacing an RV awning is to gather the necessary tools and materials. You will need a ladder, a tarp, replacement awning fabric, and a manual or electric drill. You may also need additional items depending on the specific model of awning you have. Be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions to understand what items are needed for your particular awning. Additionally, it is recommended to use gloves and eye protection when working with the tools and materials.
2. Remove the old awning
The second step in replacing your RV awning is to remove the old one. Begin by gently pushing the old awning out of its brackets until it’s loose. You may need to use a screwdriver or a wrench to loosen any bolts that are holding it in place. Once the awning is free from the bracket, carefully fold it in half and move it away from the RV. Keep in mind that the awning fabric may be dry-rotted or brittle, so handle it with care. Once the awning is safely removed, you can begin the process of installing the new one.
3. Set up the awning arms
The next step in replacing your RV awning is to set up the awning arms. First, prepare the arms by placing the handle end of the arm into the pocket on the end of the roller tube. Then, rotate the arm up and hook it onto the side of the RV. Do this for both arms, ensuring that they are securely hooked onto the RV body. Finally, extend and lock the arms into place by pressing down on the handle until you hear a clicking sound. This will ensure that the arms are securely in place and will support the weight of the awning.
4. Install the new awning fabric
Once you have the new roller tube, arms, and fabric, you can begin to install the new awning fabric. Start by attaching the roller tube to the mounting brackets, then attach the arms to the roller tube. Once the arms are secure, you can begin to attach the new fabric. Start with the side that attaches to the roller tube first, then attach the other side of the fabric to the arms. Make sure the fabric is taut and secure before moving on to the next step.
5. Secure the awning to the RV
The fifth step in the process of replacing an RV awning is to securely attach the new awning to the RV. To do this, you will need the mounting hardware that came with the awning itself, as well as a drill and the appropriate size drill bit. You should begin by mounting the brackets that came with the awning onto the side of the RV, making sure they are level and secure. After this, you can use the drill to make any pilot holes needed to attach the arms of the awning to the brackets. Finally, use the screws and nuts that came with the awning to make sure it is securely attached to the RV.
In conclusion, replacing an RV awning is a straightforward process that requires patience and the right tools. Having an RV awning that works properly will ensure that your RV trips and adventures are enjoyable, comfortable, and safe. With the right steps and a little bit of effort, you will be able to replace your RV awning and enjoy your travels with confidence.