Awning Instructions for Tent Trailers

Awning Instructions for Tent TrailersPop-up, or tent, trailers have unique awning systems that require taking them down off the rig before folding it up for travel. Many of these awning systems pack into sacks or bags, much like tents. Tent trailers have special attachment points for the awnings poles. When first learning how to put them up and dismantle them, it is not uncommon to need a second person to assist with the awning.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Remove the awning from the storage bag. Remove and untie any zippers, webbing or Velcro straps surrounding the awning and poles. Spread the awning and poles out on the ground in front of the tent trailer. Put all the poles together. If they are attached with bungee cord, do not let them self-attach as this can damage the metal on the poles. Attach the poles manually.
Step 2
Take the poles and look for the attachment points on the side of the tent trailer (small units where the poles slip into the fixture). Push the poles into the attachments until the self-locking mechanisms click. Listen for the click. If you do not hear it, remove the poles and try again until they lock into place and you hear the click. Let the awning material fall loosely over the poles as they extend out from the tent trailer.
Step 3
Pick up the rafter poles from the ground, which are the longer poles that attach under the awning and go onto the ground. Push the rafter poles into the awning materials fixtures for the poles, found on the upper right hand corner and upper left hand corner. If there is wind, have your partner hold the material of the awning while you attach the rafter poles.
Step 4
Push upward with one of the rafter poles and allow the awning material to go taught. Push the first rafter pole into the vertical position and secure it into the ground directly underneath the awning attachment point. Repeat this with the other rafter pole on the opposite side of the awning.
Step 5
Check the awning for taughtness and that the pole attachments are locked and secured into the tent trailer. If windy, use the nylon cord to tie the awning down. Loop the cord around the fids--the small metal circles to thread the cord--found on the awning sides. Extend the nlyon cord away from the tent trailer door to prevent tripping, and use the metal stakes to secure the cord into the ground.

Tips & Warnings

Test the awning to make sure it is tight enough before leaving the job.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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