RV Awning Repair: How to Repair a Cracked Awning Pole

What You'll Need
1/4 gauge sheet metal
Tin snips
Drill and metal bit
Tape measure
Furniture nails

RV awning repair can be a chore if you do not keep up on maintenance. You may find that the functionality of your awning changes by the amount of time you take when putting it into a storage position. When this is not done properly, it can cause any number of problems going forward. One issue that can be alarming on wooden awning poles is a visible crack or split in it. This can cause the awning to sit unevenly, or not support the weight of the canopy very well. If left unfixed, it can harm the canopy or bystanders if it falls. Metal awnings can be repaired as well with aluminum welding or even patch grafting, which is done similarly to the method listed below. However, you should simply weld 

Step 1 - Cut the Sheet Metal

The first step in this type of RV awning repair is to measure the length of the crack in the pole, and then add 2 to 4 inches to the measurement. Once you have this measurement, you can then cut this length out of sheet metal. This is going to reinforce the pole and stop the crack from spreading further. Measure the width of the pole, or its circumference, and this will be the total width of the patch you are making. Use the drill to make holes for the nails to hold it in place.

Step 2 - Secure the Ends

You now have a metal patch to assist in your RV awning repair. You will take your nails and secure one end of your patch to the pole in the thickest area away from the crack. This is to ensure that the nails get a firm hold on the wood, preventing the crack from growing or loosing its stability. Again, the patch should be 2 to 4 inches longer than the crack to add stability and prevent it growing as time passes. Humidity, and cold temperatures can swell or shrink the woods fibers, causing the break to grow. You cannot stop temperature changes, but you can prevent the crack from growing further by adding this type of patch.

Step 3 - Bend the other End

Now bend the other end of your patch around the pole and secure it as well. Once the ends are secured, they should line up in two rows of nails that come together at the seam. Your patches ends should simply come together on their edges to shield the pole from future impacts. Once this is done, you will want to test it out, by opening and closing the awning and making sure that it operates properly. This RV awning repair can add some life to a pole that has not become completely dysfunctional. In a case where a metal patch will not do the job, you may want to look into replacing the entire pole.