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An awning fabric in your RV can last anywhere from five to 15 years depending on the quality of the fabric and how well you take care of it. But eventually, every awning will need to be replaced. If you’re not sure how to do it, don’t worry! This guide will walk you through everything you need to know about replacing your RV’s awning fabric, from measuring and ordering the new fabric to installing it yourself.
What You’ll Need
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- New awning fabric (measure your existing awning to be sure you get the right size)
- Awning roller tube (if your RV didn’t come with one, you can purchase one at an RV parts store)
- Awning arms (these may be attached to your RV or part of the awning roller tube)
- Weatherstripping (optional, but recommended)
- Fabric adhesive (optional)
- Sewing supplies (if you’re not using adhesive, you’ll need a sewing machine and thread that matches your new fabric)
Steps In Replacing RV Awning Fabric
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To replace the awning fabric on your RV, you’ll need to follow these steps:
- Remove The Old Awning Fabric From Your RV
This will usually involve removing the awning arms and roller tube (if your RV has one) before carefully taking the old fabric off of the awning frame. If your old fabric is glued on, you may be able to simply peel it off. If not, you’ll need to cut it away with a sharp knife.
- Measuring for New Awning Fabric
Before you can order new awning fabric, you’ll need to measure your existing awning to get the right size. To do this, you’ll need a tape measure and someone to help you hold the end of the tape measure while you stretch it along the awning frame. Once you have the measurements, add two inches to each side to allow for seam allowances.
- Ordering New Awning Fabric
Now that you know what size fabric you need, you can order it from an RV parts store or online retailer. Be sure to double-check the measurements before you place your order to avoid any mistakes.
- Installing New Awning Fabric
If you’re using adhesive to attach the new fabric, start by applying a bead of adhesive along the awning frame. Then, carefully position the fabric on the frame and smooth it out to avoid any bubbles or wrinkles. If you’re not using adhesive, you’ll need to sew the fabric to the awning frame. This can be done by hand or with a sewing machine, but you’ll need to use a strong thread that won’t break easily.
- Reattaching Awning Arms and Roller Tube (if applicable)
Once the new fabric is in place, you can reattach the awning arms and roller tube (if your RV has one). Be sure to do this carefully so that everything is secure and won’t come loose while you’re driving.
- Test it Out!
Before you hit the road, be sure to test out your new awning fabric to make sure everything is secure and working properly. Open and close the awning a few times to check that the fabric is moving smoothly and doesn’t have any wrinkles or bubbles. You should also check that the awning arms are locked in place and that the roller tube is secure.
Tips For Caring For Your RV Awning Fabric
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Now that you’ve replaced your RV awning fabric, it’s important to take care of it so that it will last for as long as possible. Here are a few tips for caring for your RV awning fabric:
- Store your awning properly when you’re not using it. This means rolling it up tightly and securing it with straps or tie-downs to make sure it doesn’t get damaged.
- Be mindful of sharp objects. If something sharp comes into contact with your awning fabric, it can easily create a hole or tear. So, be sure to keep things like knives, tools, and pet claws away from your awning when it’s open.
- Don’t leave your awning out in the sun for too long. The UV rays can damage the fabric and cause it to fade. Also, be sure to close your awning when you’re not using it to protect it from the sun.
- Clean your awning regularly with soap and water. This will help to remove any dirt, dust, or bird droppings that could potentially damage the fabric. To wash this, you can use a hose or pressure washer on a gentle setting.
- Inspect your awning regularly for signs of wear and tear. If you see any fraying or holes, patch them up as soon as possible to avoid further damage.
Replacing your RV awning fabric is a relatively easy process that anyone can do. Just be sure to take your time and measure everything carefully before you order new fabric. Once you have the new fabric, attaching it is just a matter of adhesive or sewing it into place. And finally, don’t forget to take care of your new awning fabric by storing it properly and cleaning it regularly. Do all of this, and your RV awning will last for years to come!
My name is Ryan Wicks and I am the founder of rvneedthis.com, a blog dedicated to RV living. I have been an avid RVer for over 10 years, travelling across the US and Canada to explore scenic routes and beautiful national parks. Through RVblog.com, I share my knowledge and experiences to help others learn more about RVing and become better equipped to enjoy it too. I hope to make RVing more accessible and enjoyable for everyone interested in it. I look forward to continuing my journey with others!