How to Open an RV Awning

How to Open an RV Awning
Improper setup and wind damage can ruin your RV awning. People often bypass the manual to try and open the awning as soon as they get to their destination. If you are a new RV owner or even a seasoned one, some simple tricks can help you set up your awning safely and quickly with minimum hassle.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Awning pull hook Silicone lubricant spray
  • Awning pull hook
  • Silicone lubricant spray
Step 1
Unfasten the travel locks on the awning by either squeezing the release mechanisms located on the side of the arms or lifting the awning arms above the catches on the hooks to disengage them properly.
Step 2
Loosen rafter knobs and position the ratchet mechanism into the roll-down mode so you can release the awning. Some models contain a sliding mechanism with a remote release.
Step 3
Grip the pull-down strap loop with the pull rod and fully extend the awning. Slide up the awning's arms and snap them into position.
Step 4
Be sure to get the awning taut and secure. Do this by positioning yourself in front of the awning and drawing the awning tube toward you while simultaneously moving it slightly downward for tension. Tighten the knob on the tension arm and repeat this process on the other arm.
Step 5
To move the awning to its full height, grasp the lift handle, disengage the catch pin and move it upwards. Pull the awning to its full height, making sure to secure the catch pin once you have positioned it correctly.
Step 6
Water should never be allowed to pool on the top of the awning. Position one corner of the awning 3 inches lower than the others in order to allow a run-off mechanism for water.

Tips & Warnings

 
Be sure the rafter knobs are tightly set when traveling. Spray rafter arms with silicone every few months to keep them working smoothly.
 
Be sure the rafter knobs are tightly set when traveling.
 
Spray rafter arms with silicone every few months to keep them working smoothly.
 
Awnings should be taken down when the wind exceeds 20 mph.

Article Written By Abaigeal Quinn

Abaigeal Quinn works as an international entertainment broker in the United States. She is a former news editor and insurance agent who began writing for a daily newspaper in 1995.

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