Replacing the RV awning might sound like a tough task, but the real picture opposes your perception. Frequent exposure to harsh conditions and the resultant wear and tear or even old age can be the reason behind the awning’s depreciation.
There are a few simple steps in which the repair can be initiated, but for enhanced results, it would be wiser to seek assistance from a professional. The springs that hold the awning together in its place are subjected to constant pressure which when released without expertise can pose danger to the user. In the following segment, we will be curating some ways in which you can successfully replace the RV awning.
Before getting started with anything else, procure an awning that resembles the measurements of your previous one. To make awning durable and efficient, all its edges must perfectly suit the body of your RV. You must know that manufacturers fabricate distinct awnings depending upon the various RV models available in the market and while communicating your need to the dealer, you should transparently let them know about your unique requirements. Additionally, the appearance and texture of the RV awning matter too, but what towers it all is its measurements and depth.
- Remove the old one
Removing the old awning from its place will require the support of at least two people. Carefully observe the caps that they were inserted in and then start rotating the shafts in an anti-clockwise direction to line up the holes and bend the cotter pins to reserve them in their place for the time being. Before moving on to the next step in this procedure that is dislocating the arms of the awning, make sure that your partner is ready on the same level. Press the attachment plate and compress it towards the RV’s body to loosen its grip. Now, move on to remove the lag bolts and drill out the extra rivets holding the awning in place. Be careful while removing the torsion assembly because each of its parts must be preserved for future use.
- Place the new awning
Now, it’s time to place the new awning into the tube by pulling the fabric chords inwards into the tube. Position it in the same mark as carved out by the old one and ensure that that the opposite ends are duly aligned. Then, draw the tension over the torsion assembly to keep the springs intact in their initial position and keep on winding it till it is tight. After repeating this on both ends, insert the cotter pin and insert the arms back into their original spot. Once done, link the rail that was previously drawn out and make sure that you are assisted with proper support and alignment while positioning it; more the firmness, better is the grip.
After having followed all the above-mentioned steps, check its movement several times and conduct a trial before finally engaging it on the road.