How to Open Avion Awnings

How to Open Avion Awnings
Avion Campers are considered vintage, and were made in the 1960s. Today, Avion campers are enjoyed by those with a taste of nostalgia. The Avion Campers are designed to be towed by a motor vehicle and resemble airstream style campers. The awnings on the Avion Campers provide a respite from hot sun or rain and other precipitation. Opening the awnings are a straightforward affair. Caution needs to be used when opening, as they are older and may have dry rot or fragile material.


Difficulty: Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Avion Camper with Awning
  • 2 Awning poles
  • 2 Guy-out lines
  • 2 Guy-out stakes
Step 1
Reach up to the top of the awning, found over the top of the entry door, and locate the handle. Pull on the handle to draw down the material for the awning. The material will pull out and down, much like an projector screen.
Step 2
Draw the awning material out all the way and gently rest it against the side of the camper, over the doorway. Extend the two poles out fully, allowing the telescoping action take effect. Check the poles to see that the small metal balls are extruding from the locking mechanisms.
Step 3
Slide the poles into the housings, found under the awning material and at the outer corners of the awning. Gently push the awning poles up until the awning is tight and the poles are resting firmly on the ground. Check the poles by pushing gently at the middle. If there is any give, check that the poles are fully extended up. Do not over push the awning up, as this causes tears and damage to the material.
Step 4
Grab one of the guy-out lines next to the pole housing. Pull the line out to a location away from foot traffic and stake it out with the guy-out stakes. Repeat on the other side. This secures the awning against high winds.

Tips & Warnings

Prior to pushing the awning into position, check the material for rips, cracks or tears. Do not open or extend the awning until these are repaired as further damage may be done.

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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