How to Install an RV Awning

How to Install an RV Awning
An RV awning can be installed on your camper to help produce a shady area in which you can relax, eat lunch and enjoy the outdoors. Installing an RV awning will require knowledge and experience with basic tools such as a drill, screwdriver and some structural knowledge of your camper. It is installed over the RV windows, along the top of the RV. Always defer to the instructions provided by the RV awning manufacturer if they differ from these instructions.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderate

Things You’ll Need:
  • Tape measure Drill with drill bits RV awning hardware and brackets Manufacturer instructions
  • Tape measure
  • Drill with drill bits
  • RV awning hardware and brackets
  • Manufacturer instructions
Step 1
Measure the length of the awning using a tape measure, then measure this distance on the RV, along the top, where you want to install the awning. Make sure the RV walls in this area are at least an inch thick and structurally solid enough to support the weight of the awning.
Step 2
Make a mark for each end of the awning on the RV using a dark magic marker. Then stretch a chalk line between these two marks. Have one person hold the chalk line at one end, and another at the other. Have a third person snap the chalk line to make an even line across the RV to distinguish where the awning will be installed.
Step 3
Set the mounting brackets along this chalk line. Place the two end mounting brackets about 3 inches inside the ends of the chalk line. Center the third bracket directly in the middle of the two end brackets. Using a magic marker, mark the holes to mount these brackets.
Step 4
Drill the holes for the mounting bracket screws using the size bit suggested in your installation manuals. Typically this will be a 3/16-inch drill bit.
Step 5
Attach the mounting brackets to the RV using a hand-held screwdriver and the provided hardware.
Step 6
Hang the awning on the brackets by sliding the awning attachment hooks into the awning.
Step 7
Extend the awning canopy and make adjustments to the torsion system if necessary. This is usually adjusted by turning a knob on the side of the awning. Unfold the support legs when the awning is completely extended and adjust them until the canopy is positioned the way you like it.

Tips & Warnings

 
If your RV walls are too thin to support the awning, use a backing plate, which is provided by the manufacturer. If no plate is provided, use a 1/4-inch steel plate, and drill matching holes with a carbide bit drill. Another option is to use bolts instead of screws. Applying silicone around the screw holes will help to create a watertight seal.
 
If your RV walls are too thin to support the awning, use a backing plate, which is provided by the manufacturer. If no plate is provided, use a 1/4-inch steel plate, and drill matching holes with a carbide bit drill. Another option is to use bolts instead of screws.
 
Applying silicone around the screw holes will help to create a watertight seal.

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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