Awnings are great! They provide awesome protection from the elements, shade inhot
sun, and a relaxing place to unwind and relax with family and friends. Awnings can cover anything from bikes to chairs to full dining tables, and they generally make the RV life easier.
However, it’s important to keep in mind that these faithful servants take a beating from the very things we are shelteredfrom:sun, rain, wind, dirt, even branches or hail if the weather is bad. What we’re going to show you are a couple of different ways we’ve seen to protect the protectors, as it were, and keep your awning in better shape over the long term.
Quick and Easy Awning End Covers
You will need:
Empty, rinsed 2-liter soda pop bottle (x2)
Drill with large drill bit (optional)
- Using the knife, start at about ¼ the way down the bottle and go around the diameter to cut the top off.
- Cut a hole the same diameter as your awning shaft in the center of the bottom of the bottle with the knife or a drill bit.
- Next, cut straight down the entire side of the bottle from the top hole to the bottom one.
- Slide your new cover onto the awning end for each side, and presto! Much less dirt and rain will get in there, keeping everything cleaner and making your life easier. Tie the covers on more securely so they won’t come off while traveling.
Full-Length Awning Cover
You will need:
Residential gutter 10-foot sections (x2)
Hand or circular saw
- Measure the length of your awning and cut the gutter to fit. For example, if your awning is 16 feet long, you would have one 10-foot length and you would cut the second one to 6 feet.
- Join the two pieces together with glue or epoxy to make one piece the length of your awning.
- Gutters are pre-formed into a certainshape,and will need some flattening to work well as an awning cover. Apply some heat from a hair dryer or heat gun while adding weight to flatten the sections somewhat, just like you would put a crinkled piece of paper under a heavy book overnight. This will enable the gutter to allow the awning to extend and retract.
- Fit the gutter pieces over the awning upside-down, hooking the “back” of the gutter (that would normally attach to the roof of a house) into the rain channels on the side of your RV above the awning.
- With your awning fully retracted, the “front” part should snap over the edge of the awning, forming a plastic cover that shields it from warping, direct moisture, and worse. This is especially handy when your RV is parked or in storage for awhile.
- When you need to extend your awning, simply lift the front edge of the gutter section back up and over the awning to keep it out of the way. We would remove the protector before traveling, however, as this thing could cause some serious damage if it came loose on the highway.
There you have it! Two of the simplest and cheapest ways we’ve seen to keep your awning in better shape. Do you have any ideas or tips you’d like to share? Feel free to post them in the comments below!