How to Unroll Camper Awnings

Sitting outside in the harsh sun all day is not an ideal way to spend a camping trip.

An awning can provide years of enjoyment if it is properly maintained.An awning can provide years of enjoyment if it is properly maintained.
The awning on your camper provides a shady place to sit or protection from a light rain. If you don't know how to unroll the awning, you are not taking advantage of one of the features designed to enhance your comfort while camping. Familiarize yourself with the parts of the awning and you will be able to extend it quickly.

Locate the rafter knobs on the rafters. The rafters are inside the awning arms, which are attached to the side of the camper. Turn both knobs counterclockwise to loosen.

Push the travel locks away from the awning arms. The travel locks are on the sides of the awning arms.

Use an awning rod to pull the ratchet lever on the end of the roller tube forward into the roll out position.

Insert the hook on the end of the awning rod into the pull strap attached to the roller tube. Pull the strap with the awning rod to roll out the awning.

Slide the rafters up the inside of the arms. The rafters will click into place when pushed over the rafter latches at the top of the arms. Turn the rafter knobs clockwise to tighten.

Grasp the handle on an awning arm and push the awning arm up to raise the awning to the desired height. Repeat to raise the other awning arm.

Repeat the steps in reverse order to roll up the awning.

Things You Will Need

  • Awning rod

Warnings

  • Ensure the door of the camper has enough clearance to open without touching the awning. If the door touches the awning, it can damage the fabric.
  • Retract the awning during high winds or heavy rains to prevent damage.

About the Author

Amy Kingston has been a professional writer since 2001. She has written articles for various publications, including "Health" magazine, "Jackson Parenting" magazine, the "Bolivar Bulletin" newspaper and "A Musician's Pursuit." Kingston was also published in "Voices of Bipolar Disorder."