How to Tighten RV Awning Springs

How to Tighten RV Awning Springs
If you are an RV owner, you may notice that your awning fabric doesn't look as taught as it used to. Maybe the awning is sagging. Or perhaps it has become more difficult to roll up when you are putting it away. Such problems are the normal result of the roller springs becoming stretched by repeated use. It's a good idea to tighten your RV awning springs every 3 or 4 years.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Phillips or standard screwdriver
  • Stepladder
Step 1
Lower the awning to bring the roller tube (the tube the awning wraps around) as close to the ground as possible.
Step 2
Unscrew the two screws from the support arm's rear end (outer section). These screws act as stops, keeping the tension arm in place. Removing them will allow the arms to slide out in a later step. The support arms are long aluminum parts, that stick out from the tube to the bracket, facing the RV.
Step 3
Position the stepladder underneath the roller tube and adjust the awning until its weight lies on the ladder.
Step 4
Slip the tension arm from its channel and turn the knob until tight. This will allow the tension arm (this is what you use to adjust the awning's tautness) to hang next to the RV, but still allow the inner section to stay put.
Step 5
Remove the center section from the support arm, which will leave just the outer support arm. Stand with your back to the RV's front, and rotate the support arm counterclockwise once. This likely will be enough to tighten your spring. It may be necessary to turn the support arm more than once. However, you cannot know for sure until you reassemble your awning. Unfortunately, this is what you will have to do to see if your spring is tight enough. You don't want to risk tightening the spring too much.
Step 6
Insert the inner support arm section back into its spot and attach it to the RV's awning bracket. Slip the tension arm back where it originally went in the outer support arm. Screw the two screws back in place.
Step 7
Repeat the above steps for the rear support arm. When you come back to Step 5, turn the support arm clockwise, rather than counterclockwise, because you will be working on the rear support arm's spring, rather than the front support arm's spring.

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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