How to Repair an RV Awning
As soon as you notice any type of rip or tear in the material of your RV awning, you need to take precautions to ensure that the rip does not get any longer or larger. Repairing a smaller rip or tear in your RV awning is much easier then having to replace the entire RV awning itself. With a few easy steps, you can get your RV awning repaired quickly and easily.
Assess the Rip
When you are repairing an rip in your RV awning, you first want to figure out how large your rip or tear is. If your rip or tear is larger then 3 feet or ¼ the length of the awning, you may have to have someone sew the section. If you have sewing skills, you can do this yourself. In some cases, you may have to replace the entire awning it the rip is to large to be properly sewn or repaired.
Prepare the Area
To repair a tear in your RV awning, you will need to purchase a roll of clear RV awning repair tape. You can find this tape at any store that sells camping supplies or at your RV dealer. Don't use any other type of tape as this can damage the awning. These rolls typically run around $15.00 and are 15 feet in length. The RV awning repair tape comes in two varieties, one for canvas awnings and one for vinyl awnings.
At the location where the tear is, clean the top and the bottom surface of the awning. Make sure to follow the package directions on the roll of tape. In order for the tape to work properly, the surface must be very clean and dry. Rubbing alcohol is a good choice for a cleaner as is Windex or any other water based cleaner. Do not use any oil or silicone based cleaners as it causes the tape not to stick.
Repair the Tear
Place the awning against a flat surface and piece the two edges of the torn piece together.You may have to remove the awning from your RV. If you cannot do this, have another person place their hand under the area you are repairing for support. Carefully put the clear repair tape on the tear, making sure to press out any air bubbles that form. Once you have the tape placed, do not try to reposition it, leave it where it is. You can add another piece of tape if you need to.
Following the same step as above, tape the back of the rip along the same length as the front of the rip.
Prevent Future Repairs
Regularly cleaning and maintaining your RV awning will help prevent any future repairs that may be needed. Remember to roll up and secure the awning when not it use and to inspect it regularly for small holes. Repairing the small hole promptly will save you from having to repair larger tears later.