DIY Pop-Up Camper Awning

DIY Pop-Up Camper Awning
Sun, rain and heavy winds can wreak havoc on a campsite. Instead of dealing with the elements during your next camping trip, install a pop-up camper awning to provide shade and protection against extreme weather. Awnings also provide additional storage space; especially for equipment, gear and bicycles. The setup process only requires a few steps. Once the awning is in place, you and the other members of your group can sit under the awning and toast a job well done.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Lower the awning arms with the pull-down strap, which is on the awning slot tube.
Step 2
Loosen the rafter knobs and rafter catches, both of which are on the back of the awning arms.
Step 3
Grip the awning rod and strap as you slide the rafters down to the rest position. Be careful that the awning does not slide down as you loosen the rafters; this can damage your camper and is potentially dangerous.
Step 4
Put the ratchet mechanism in the roll-up or "In" position.
Step 5
Attach the awning hook to the pull strap. Slowly wind the awning up.
Step 6
Pull down the handle releases.
Step 7
Secure the travel locks and rafter knobs.

Tips & Warnings

Camper awnings are heavy and can scratch your RV if dropped or not held properly.
Take caution when using an awning during heavy winds.

Article Written By Charlie Gaston

Charlie Gaston has written numerous instructional articles on topics ranging from business to communications and estate planning. Gaston holds a bachelor's degree in international business and a master's degree in communications. She is fluent in Spanish and has extensive travel experience.

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