RV awnings are must-have accessories for your Recreational vehicle. This can provide additional shade when cooking, small gatherings or eating meals outdoors. In this way, you won’t get cooped up on your RV when you are on your camping trip.
Any belongings may it be big or small should be handled with care. Awnings are not different from these things. You should know how to take care of your RV covering to ensure its longevity.
An RV awning fabric is usually made from acrylic or vinyl. There are awnings that have vinyl or aluminum wrap weather guard. A weather guard protects the cloth when the RV is travelling. When your awning has been stored for a very long time or is brand new, you should inspect the fabric if it has stains or mildew.
Most of the time, vinyl awnings acquire molds or fungi. If you think that it is not really dirty, you can do standard cleaning on the RV awnings by using mild soap, a soft brush and water. Do not make use of abrasive or oil based cleaners.
Thoroughly clean and rinse both sides. If your awnings have acquired heavy stains, there are commercial cleaners available that are ideal for RV awnings.
Carefully examine if there are any torn parts on the awnings. Before storing, make sure it is completely dry and free from moist.
Do not store awnings that are still wet. You can also clean RV awnings with the cleaner that you use for your recreational vehicles.
When installing, check the parts and hardware. The bottom brackets act to support the load of the awning. Ensure that the lag screws are tight so that it won’t slack off. Arm pivot holes should be checked for any broken rivets or holes.
Always be cautious. Never try to take away the end caps. The spring tension can definitely result to serious injuries.
Other things you should not miss are the rails. The awning rails should be mounted firmly. If there are any damages or broken pieces it should be repaired immediately before using again. The lower end of the RV awnings should be one end lower to permit water from running off.
Sagging can add more weight to the awning, once it has accommodated more than its capacity it will sag and will eventually get damaged wasting money and can cause serious damages.
Wind gusts can cause damage to your awning, as well as your RV. You have to make sure that your awning is fastened securely and not left unattended. When planning on leaving it for a certain time, you can store the awning in a travel position.
When sleeping you should not leave it as it is. You should store it to prevent disasters or extensive damage to it. You can let the RV awning stay in place, when sudden storm or wind gusts occur you can secure it by tying it down. You can put the arms straight down or stick them on the ground.
Preventing serious losses or damages is much better than not doing anything at all.
In this way, you won’t have serious issues. RV awnings should not be taken for granted. You may realize its importance when it’s too late. You get to use your awnings for a long period of time, and you won’t have to spend too much money for replacements or repairs.