Your awning is an important part of your camping comfort and there is much you can do to extend the life of it. We’ve picked up a few tips from our campers along the way and hope they prove helpful for you.
Clean – They take a lot of abuse from the weather and the environment you’re camping in so giving your RV awning a good scrub every 3-4 months is a good idea. Hose the awning off to clear any leaves and debris, then spray it with a solution of bleach, dishwasing liquid and water. About 1/4 cup of each in a five gallon bucket should do the trick. Roll the awning back up and let that soak for ten minutes or so. You can now roll the awning back out and rinse everything off. You may need to do this more than once, depending on the amount of build up you have on the awning.
Lubricate – Check your owner’s manual for their recommendations as to what spray they recommend. You’ll be using spray lubricant on all the arm joints and all other moving parts that are exposed. Open and close the awning a time or two to make sure it’s operating smoothly.
Protect – You might want to use a UV protectant on your awning and this is a good time to check all the hardware as well. Tighten any loose screws and be sure the stitching is sound.
We hope you enjoy many hours chatting with friends under your RV awning. If you continue to regularly maintain your awning it should last for many years before needing replacement.