How to Install a Retractable Awning on a Camper

How to Install a Retractable Awning on a Camper
Installing a retractable awning to the side of your camper is a fairly easy project if you have the right tools. An awning can provide a shady spot for you to relax outside of the camper during trips. Make sure that you install the awning during a clear day with no rain. Inclement weather makes standing on a level quite difficult. Depending on your level of expertise, this project should take two to four hours, less if you have help when standing on the ladder and using the level.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Drill
  • Ladder
  • Level
  • Chalk
Step 1
Lean the awning against your camper, and measure its length, so you can predict how far out the awning will project.
Step 2
Do a little imagining and picture where you'd like your awning to be. The height of the awning will affect what kind of shade it casts at different times of day. Generally, you want to place the awning brackets above the camper's windows. You should also examine your camper to see if it already has a built-in space to mount the awning from. If this is the case, you don't need to add any brackets.
Step 3
Note: Some campers may have bracket holes already built into them. If this is the case with your camper, skip this step and move to step 5.

Use chalk or masking tape to mark where you will drill the bracket holes. Make sure to use a level to ensure that the brackets end up perfectly level.
Step 4
Drill the holes for the brackets. Take care to drill them exactly where you marked with the chalk. For safety reasons, make sure there is no power going to the camper, as cutting or drilling into a powered camper could lead to electrocution.
Step 5
Install the brackets using the installation equipment, which should have come with them. Follow the directions provided by the awning manufacturing company, and be careful not to break the brackets during installation, as they may be prone to snapping.
Step 6
Carefully slide the awning completely into the slots created by the brackets, and tighten the bolts by hand. The screws should be fairly tight, but do not use a power drill, as this could cause damage to the bolts.
Step 7
Climb a stepladder so you can reach the awning, and use your hands to turn the knobs on either side of the awning. This extends it by adjusting the tension springs. Adjust the awning to your liking, sit back, and enjoy the cool shade.

Article Written By Kelsey Childress

Kelsey Childress runs a freelance creative business called Awen Creative that specializes in SEO Web content, social media marketing and blogging. She has been writing for online and in-print publications for over six years, and has a bachelor's degree in English literature and creative writing from Kansas State University.

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