RV Awning Repair - Releasing Spring Tension

What You'll Need
Work gloves
Cotter pin
Vice grips
Rubber pieces or tubes for protection

Are you looking for an RV awning repair manual that will help you release the spring tension? Don't worry, because below you will find a step-by-step guide to help you out in this project. This is a general guide that will work on most brands of RV awnings and all precautions will still apply. There may be some parts different to specific types of awnings, but following this guide will give you an idea on how to work with almost any brand.

Remember, when working on an RV awning repair project there is a substantial energy stored in the springs that can cause you major injury. If you are not confident doing it on your own, do not attempt to do so. It's best if you read this guide first and check your RV awning to see if you can do it on your own.

Step 1 – Awning Removal

Before you can get to your spring, you will need to remove your awning. Release the locks on the arms of the awning and position the cam lock to its roll down setting. Just roll out the awning to about one foot. Now check both of the end caps. You will see a hole on each end where you will need to insert a cotter pin to lock the spring tension. Just rotate the inner shaft to line the holes up so you can insert the cotter pin. Bend the ends to prevent it from slipping. At the top of the trailer are two lag bolts holding the two rafters. Remove those two lag bolts. Remove the awning fabric by unscrewing at each side. Now you can remove the awning from the trailer. Have someone help you release the arms from its foot and lay the tubes on saw horses and the rest on the ground.

Step 2 – Removing the Bolt

Again, proceed with caution. When releasing the spring tension, there is a substantial amount of energy that can cause serious injury. First you will need to take out the top part of the awning arm. It is removable and you'll need to use your vice grips, but to prevent scratching the finish use the rubber pieces or rubber tube to wrap the vice grips' jaws. It's best to have someone hold the tube while you use both hands to control the vice grips. Now that you have a firm hold, have your helper remove the 7/16 inch bolt that holds the top and the awning arm while moving the arm away.

Step 3 – Releasing the Spring Tension

Once the bolt is removed, it's time to remove the cotter pin you've inserted in Step 1. Remove the pin and start unwinding the spring slowly. Make sure you're wearing your work gloves to avoid getting scratches or bruises. Continue to unwind until you remove all the tension in the spring.