Simple efforts can save time, money, and frustration.
An RV awning is made up of little more than two tension arms, a roller tube, and fabric, and, as such, it requires a bit of care and maintenance in order to make it last as long as possible.
Taking care of these elements isn’t hard, but it can make a huge difference.
This is because although an RV awning is quite simple, there are a number of different things that can go wrong if they have not been properly maintained or the right preventative action has not been taken.
Use the following tips to help make sure that you get the longest life out of your RV awning.
• Reproof and replace – on occasion, the fabric on your RV awning will need to be reproofed, and after a certain length of time, it will need to be replaced. This doesn’t mean that the entire thing will need to be purchased, only the fabric that covers it. Reproofing typically costs between $10 and $15, and can help to significantly extend the usefulness of your fabric so that you will enjoy many more years with the fabric without having to replace it – an expense that is usually $225 or more. The process is time consuming and messy, but it will save you a fortune over the years.
• Bring an emergency repair kit – Even when you’ve gone to great lengths to care for your RV awning, there will still be times that repairs will be needed. Therefore, it is in your best interest to bring a kit with you that will help you to deal with the most common incidents. This can include a stabilizer kit, strong Velcro tape, silicone spray, awning repair tape, and a few pieces of extra hardware.
• Tension changes – Different weather conditions require different actions to be taken in terms of the tension of the fabric. During rain, for example, it is a good idea to lower at least one of the tension arms of the RV awning so that it is angled in a way that the rain will run off. This prevents damage to the arms, roller, and fabric that could be caused by the weight of the water if it cannot escape.