How to Replace a Vinyl RV Awning

How to Replace a Vinyl RV Awning
RV awnings are great accessories that give you more shade and room when camping. Exposure to the elements wears down the vinyl, and they sometimes need to be replaced. Supports may also need to be replaced as parts rust and become weak. Replace your awning to guarantee you have a sturdy shade that will keep you comfortable.


Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Pliers Screwdriver Wrench Tape measure Awning fabric
  • Pliers
  • Screwdriver
  • Wrench
  • Tape measure
  • Awning fabric
Step 1
When choosing a replacement, consider the same make and model as the existing awning. This will make replacement easier since you can use the existing holes to mount the new bracket. You should use all of the new hardware and a new mounting rail, because the old parts may have worn.
Step 2
Detach the awning support brackets and the attachment rail (if your awning has a separate bracket for attaching it to the camper). Remove the attachment pins with pliers. Loosen the screws and bolts using a screwdriver or socket wrench, depending on which type of bolts your awning uses.
Step 3
Remove the awning. Dry fit the new awning rail to the RV. If you are replacing the awning with an identical model, use the provided hardware from the new awning and install the plate in same mounting holes. For a different model, place the rail on the RV where you want to install it. Mark new holes to mount the awning rail. Drill the holes with a bit that is 1/16-inch smaller than the mounting screws. Install the rail on the RV. Hand tighten the bolts.
Step 4
Pull the awning tube out until the awning is completely extended. Have a helper hold the awning in place while you lower the support arms. Place them against the RV at the bottom, right against the floor frame.
Step 5
Make marks for the mounting brackets for the support. Drill the support holes and install the brackets. Tighten the screws by hand, using only the new hardware.
Step 6
Adjust the tension of the awning retraction (inside the roller) by tightening or loosening the knobs on the side of the awning until the awning can close and open without the awning furling. It should wrap tightly around the roller.

Article Written By Steve Smith

Steve Smith has published articles on a wide range of topics including cars, travel, lifestyle, business, golf, weddings and careers. His articles, features and news stories have appeared in newspapers, consumer magazines and on various websites. Smith holds a Bachelor of Arts in English and journalism from University of New Hampshire Durham.

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