How to Operate an RV Awning

How to Operate an RV Awning
For camping fans who don't like to sleep in a tent, an RV works well. You can experience the outdoors, but the comfort of a bed is better than the aches and pains you can get from tent camping. People who use or own a recreational vehicle often find it nice to have an awning for shade and protection from the elements. Even if you have an RV with an air conditioner, you may find it worthwhile to have an awning. Using one is easy.


Difficulty: Easy

How to Operate a Manual Awning

Step 1
Find the rafter knob on each support arm and loosen it. In most cases, the knob will be the closet knob to the spot where the awning attaches to the RV.
Step 2
Unlock the travel locks, which keep the awning from unrolling as you drive the RV. There will be one travel lock per awning arm.
Step 3
Move the ratchet lever to the roll-out position. Your awning may have an awning rod designed to help with this. New awnings often have tighter springs. It may require more force on newer models to move the lever.
Step 4
Use the awning rod to grab the pull strap and pull the awning out to the desired length.
Step 5
Position the arms that support the awning by sliding the rafters into position. Once you do this, tighten the rafter knobs.
Step 6
Move the awning to the desired height by using the handles on the arms. You may want to move one side part of the way up and then move the other side to match it before raising the awning to its full height.
Step 7
Reverse the directions to roll the awning back into its traveling position. Keep a grip on the awning as you roll it up to control the speed at which the awning retracts. This can prevent damage to the awning.

How To Operate an Automated Awning

Step 1
Make sure there is enough clearance from trees. An automated awning can extend and retract in under 20 seconds. You can damage the awning by setting up camp too close to a tree.
Step 2
Unlock any travel locks. Many automated awnings rely on the worm-gear motors to keep the awning in the proper place, so your model may not have travel locks.
Step 3
Push the button to roll out the awning.
Step 4
Use the automated control button to roll up the awning when you finish using it.

Tips & Warnings

If your RV comes with a manual awning, you may want to consider upgrading to an automated one.
High winds, heavy rainfall and snow can damage an extended RV awning. Check the weather before you operate it.

Article Written By T.J. Black

T.J. Black is a freelance writer and editor with a Bachelor of Arts in English from Abilene Christian University. Black writes and provides copy editing for SEO articles. Her work has appeared on a variety of websites.

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