How to Operate an RV Awning

an RV by the water with an awning

Recreational Vehicle (RV) awnings are a must if you're going camping. After all the whole idea of a recreational vehicle is to have a home away from home and if you do not have a portico in your home it may not really feel like one. An RV awning serves this purpose and gives the users some space on the outside of the vehicle where you can enjoy the outdoors.

An RV awning is designed primarily as a sunshade and is not meant to be up in bad weather other than a mild breeze and a few drops of rain. An RV awning consists basically of two awning support arms and the awning itself. There are mechanisms to fold back the entire mechanism so that it is snug with the vehicle while you are on the road.

Step 1 - Rolling Out the Awning

There would be knobs that would be on both support arms and travel locks that hold these awning support arms to the side of the vehicle. Loosen the knobs and release the travel locks.

Let the awning support arms swing out to the desired position.

Now release the lock on the roller tub on which the awning is rolled. There would be a pull strap on the awning which would enable you to pull out the awning with the awning rod supplied as part of the assembly.

Now position the rafters into the position on the awning arms and tighten the knobs.

Each support arm has a handle which you can use to raise the awning to the desired height.

Step 2 - Retracting the Awning

Lower the support arms to the resting position. Loosen the rafter knobs and release the rafter latches.

Slide the rafters down to the rest position. Meanwhile, make sure you hold on to the awning as it could roll up by itself.

Roll up the awning after you have switched the ratchet mechanism to permit this. Control the roll up of the awning so that it rolls up smoothly.

Now ensure that all the locking mechanisms on the rafter, roll-up mechanism and other travel locks are in place and snugly fitted.

Step 3 - Safety and Storage

Always ensure that the awning has been wiped clear of any rainwater or dew that has been accumulated during the time it was rolled out, before you roll it up. Take some time to lower the awning fully and giving it a good scrub once in a while so that your awning stays in the best condition possible. RV owners should work hard to maintain the look and operation of their vehicle and the awning is an important part of that process.

Before you start out on a trip with your RV it would be good if you practice rolling out the awning and rolling it up again to make sure that all mechanisms are functioning smoothly. Better to get any problems attended to before you hit the road, so that you have a trouble free journey once you start out.