How to Remove a Sunchaser Awning

How to Remove a Sunchaser Awning
Awnings on RVs provide shelter from the hot sun, shade relief and a focal area to set chairs and tell tall tales about the day's adventures. As with any piece of equipment, proper storage, set-up and breakdown of the awning is crucial to giving it long life and ensuring that it stays in the best possible operating condition. The Sunchaser Awning comes standard on several models of campers and RVs and is available as an after-market product for others. Removing the awning for transport is done to keep the awning in proper working condition.

Instructions

Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Pull the stakes out from the supports of one awning foot. Swing the support arm up and into the mounting bracket along the upper edge of the RV. Repeat this on the other awning foot.
Step 2
Grab the main support arm and loosen the arm knob by turning it one full turn at a time to the left. Push the main support arm into the stop plug. (The poles and arms telescope. Simply push them into each other). Loosen the rafter arm on the slider. Turn the black rafter arm knob to the left one turn at a time until loose enough to push the rafter arms into each other.
Step 3
Pull the awning fabric forward quickly and firmly to release the awning intake mechanism. Let the awning fabric slide into the rolling mechanism. Push the Safe-T-Lock feature into the Roll Up position. Pull down the strap to the middle of the awning and fix it into the locking mechanism to keep the fabric rolled up.
Step 4
Fasten the four fastener straps and connector clips on the edges of the awning roller. The awning is now removed from use and in the proper transport and storage position.

Tips & Warnings

 
Wind the strap diagonally when rolling the awning up to avoid making a bulge and stretching the awning fabric.
 
Do not store the awning wet. If you put it away wet, at the first possible time, open it to let it dry, preventing mold and mildew from developing.

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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