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Your RV could definitely use some heavy-duty awning to break some strong winds, keep rain and snow away from the door or window, and create some shaded area right outside it. Some awnings can even be extended and transformed into a screen room. While on a parked campground or some place with a pretty good view, you can just sit and relax and not worry a thing about bugs or mosquitoes. The shaded area gives you a place to have your meal right next to your RV or enjoy the fresh air and the scenery outdoors.

Shopping for the right awning

This roof-like structure will help you build a much-needed extension to your motorhome. It can be fitted into the entry door, one of the windows, or even the slideout for added protection against water and debris. If you need to replace your old one or you think adding this frame would make your RV more functional, you'll have to consider these things:

Size

Awnings come in a wide range of sizes, from 36-inch window awnings to 14 ft. kits. To pick the right size, consider how much extended space you need and what type you're looking for (for the door, window, or slideout?). If you want a private or screen room or even a patio awning, get one that matches the size of your RV and the available space.

Fabric

Two types of fabric are commonly used in awnings: acrylic and vinyl. An awning that uses an acrylic fabric allows air to easily circulate through the fabric; that's why it dries faster. But while this fabric repels water, it's not absolutely waterproof. Vinyl, on the other hand, is a common fabric of choice for awnings. This fabric is not mildew-proof, but it can resist mildew quite effectively. Some awnings are even made of tri-laminate vinyl for heavy-duty use. A tough fabric that can withstand harsh weather and road elements is always a great choice.

Design

There are more than a few color combination and design patterns to match the style of the RV. Other kits even include a traveling case for easy storage and other neat features like easy-to-use locking levers, rails, rafters, and other mechanisms. Some models can even be converted into a room with flow-through ventilation. When choosing a design, don't just set your eyes on the color or print. Make sure that it's easy to set up as well.

Taking good care of the awning

  • Make sure that it is clean and dry when you pack it away or store it. Dirt and dust may collect on the wet fabric and form mildew, especially when it's hot and humid.
  • Remove dirt and stain by hosing off the acrylic fabric. Scrubbing this type of fabric may result in a ruined finish, so be sure to use a soft cloth or sponge. Hard-to-remove stains can be treated with a special cleaner.
  • Use a specially made commercial cleaner for vinyl when trying to get rid of mildew and stains. The cleaner should be applied or sprayed evenly and rinsed thoroughly. The best way to remove stubborn stains on vinyl is through scrubbing with a brush.
  • Drain water that has collected or pooled on or around it. Lower one side of the fabric to let water flow, and prevent tear and any damage.
  • 5. Check not just the fabric but also the other parts such as screws, brackets, and mounts. Make sure that the awning is secured and assembled properly.