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Title: “A DIY Guide: Installing an RV Awning from Scratch”

Introduction: One of the joys of RVing is relishing the great outdoors, but harsh sun or unexpected rain showers can keep you cooped up inside, envying fellow campers under the protective canopy of their awnings. The good news is that even if your RV didn’t come equipped with an awning, you can take matters into your own hands and install one yourself. This project might sound daunting, but we’ll show you that it’s simpler than you think. Explore our step-by-step guide to installing an RV awning from scratch, and soon you’ll be enjoying shade and shelter on your RV adventures.

What Parts Do You Need to Install an Awning?

  • RV Awning Kits vs. Separate Parts:
    • The first step is to secure an awning for installation. If you don’t already have one, you can choose between purchasing an awning kit (which includes most necessary components, excluding an awning rail extrusion) or buying the parts individually.

RV Awning Kit Parts

  • Parts included in our RV awning kits:
    • Outer arm
    • Inner arm
    • Pitch arm
    • Roller tube
    • Canopy
    • Wall-mounted bracket
    • Hand-crank models also include a crank wand.
  • You’ll need to purchase an awning rail extrusion separately. Be sure to check the product description for your kit to determine which part number you need.

RV Awning Drive Head

  • If you opt to buy parts individually, you’ll require:
    • Roller and fabric kit
    • Drive Head
    • Manual or power arms
    • Awning rail extrusion
    • Idler head (for manual awnings)
    • Pull strap (for manual, pull-style awnings)

Measuring for the Rail Extrusion

  • Ensure your awning rail extrusion matches the length of your awning (measured center of arm to center of arm), plus several extra inches. This additional length is crucial for supporting tension on the awning material.
  • The length of rail needed varies by awning model, so consult your product’s description or manufacturer’s instructions to determine the required length.
  • For instance, if your awning measures 14 feet, you’ll need a 15-foot rail extrusion. Since our awning rails come in 8-foot sections, round up when ordering and plan to cut and fit them together.

Manual vs. Electric/Powered Awnings

  • Choosing the type of awning is a significant decision in the installation process. Options include:
    • Pull-style (strap operation)
    • Hand-crank (rod operation)
    • Hardwired (motorized with wiring to the RV)
    • Battery-powered (motorized without hardwiring)
  • The choice depends on personal preference and budget.

Manual Awnings

  • We recommend newer-style hand-crank awnings for manual operation.
  • Pros: They are easy to adjust, sturdier than powered awnings, work without needing a power source, and are budget-friendly.
  • Cons: They require manual effort to open and close but have become easier to operate with advancements in design.

Powered Awnings

  • Powered awnings can be hardwired or battery-operated (battery-powered models are easier to install).
  • Pros: They offer convenience with one-touch extension and retraction, some even retract automatically in windy conditions.
  • Cons: They require a power source, may be less sturdy in strong winds, cost more, and can be trickier to install, although battery-powered models eliminate the need for hardwiring.

Conclusion: Installing an RV awning from scratch is a manageable DIY project that enhances your outdoor experience. With the right parts and careful planning, you can enjoy the benefits of shade and shelter on your RV journeys, making every adventure more comfortable and enjoyable.

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