How to Care for Your RV Awning

How to Care for Your RV Awning
Recreational vehicle awnings provide the comfort of shade and protection from light rain, which extends your living space on camping trips. Proper care is required to keep the awning it fine working order. RV awnings are designed with sturdiness in mind, but they are far from invincible. Heavy rains, strong gusts of wind and mildew are all enemies of awnings. Extend the life of the awning by following a regular maintenance routine and a few tips.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Dish-washing soap
  • Soft-bristled household cleaning brush
Step 1
Read your RV awning owner's manual thoroughly to familiarize yourself with how your awning works. Practice opening and closing the awning until you are comfortable with its operation--this way you will not find yourself fumbling with the awning in 30 mph winds or during a rainstorm. Take note of any special maintenance and cleaning recommendations suggested in the owner's manual.
Step 2
Close an awning during heavy rains to prevent water from pooling on the awning and irreversibly stretching the material.
Step 3
Tie down the awning during slight to moderate winds. Refer to your owner's manual for specific directions on your model awning.
Step 4
Retract the awning during strong winds above 20 mph to prevent the awning from tearing or breaking off your RV.
Step 5
Open the awning after a rain and allow it to completely dry before rolling it back up. This helps prevent mildew growth.
Step 6
Clean both sides of your awning once a year using a soapy water solution made with dish-washing soap and water. Use a soft-bristled household cleaning brush. Rinse off the soap using clean water and leave the awning open until it fully dries. Check your owner's manual to determine if application of a waterproof coating spray is required after cleaning. Waterproof coating sprays are available for purchase at many RV supply stores. Follow the waterproof product label for application directions.
Step 7
Remove mildew and stubborn stains from the awning using an RV awning cleaner. To use the RV awning cleaner, apply the solution to both sides of the awning. Close the awning to spread the solution evenly over the entire surface. Leave the awning closed for one to two hours before opening it and rinsing off the cleaning solution with water. Allow the awning to completely dry before closing it.
Step 8
Brush dirt and debris off the awning as necessary using a soft-bristled household cleaning brush.
Step 9
Close your awning whenever you are away from your RV.

Article Written By Rose Kivi

Rose Kivi has been a writer for more than 10 years. She has a background in the nursing field, wildlife rehabilitation and habitat conservation. Kivi has authored educational textbooks, patient health care pamphlets, animal husbandry guides, outdoor survival manuals and was a contributing writer for two books in the Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Series.

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