What to Expect When Choosing an Awning for Your RV
With a recreational vehicle, the world is your oyster. The addition of an awning to an RV affords travelers additional space and comfort outside, providing shelter from the hot Arizona sun. Sometimes called an overhang, awnings come in many sizes, colors and styles. In the case of an RV, they are always retractable and usually, due to high cost, manually operated. Manual retractable awnings also tend to be more practical, in terms of size, when traveling on the road.
Although constructed relatively simply, RV awnings require care and upkeep to maintain. These awnings are attached to the left side of the RV, where passengers enter and exit the vehicle, and are typically supported by metal arms. Awnings can also be fashioned to work with RV pop-up attachments. If you purchased your RV with an awning, you might consider replacing this model with one that is more sturdy.
Preventative awning maintenance will serve you best in the long run. Consider reproofing your awning. This process, though messy, will prevent your awning from leaking and save you the cost of replacing your awning completely. Being mindful of water pooling on your awning during rain storms, which can warp the fabric or metal frame. It’s important to stow the awning during high winds, as well. Remember never to roll your awning up while it’s still wet, as this can cause mildew to grow.
Your awning may be made from woven vinyl or acrylic. Identify the fabric used to create your awning, then get in the habit of cleaning it routinely. Vinyl awnings can be kept clean with a solution of water and dish soap. Acrylic awnings should be rinsed simply with water. In both cases, allow the awning to dry completely before retracting it.
RV awnings can be made to suit a wide range of lifestyles and budgets. Working closely with an awning professional can help you select the best awning for your RV. With proper maintenance, you can enjoy your awning for a long time.