How to fix a camper awning

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How to fix a camper awning
Camper Awning (Dora Pete/Stock Exchange)

Whether your camper awning broke because of a heavy downpour or some type of malfunction, you may need to figure out how to repair it. While you could take it to a professional, you may want to try to make the repairs yourself and save money. To fix a camper awning, which is similar to an RV awning, you'll need a basic understanding of the mechanics of a coil-spring tension system.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Sawhorses
  • Board
  • Cotter pin
  • Wrench
  • Screwdriver
  • Vice grips
  • Rubber material or cloth
  • Drill
  • Marker
  • Hammer
  • Punch
  • Replacement parts

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Instructions

    Remove the Awning

  1. 1

    Measure the length of the camper awning and set up two sawhorses to act as a support once you remove the awning.

  2. 2

    Extend approximately 1 foot of awning. You may need to unlock the travel locks to do this. If the cam lock mechanism won't engage, use a board to prop up the awning.

  3. 3

    Rotate the inner shaft on the end cap to align the holes. To secure this in place, insert a cottar pin and open its ends.

  4. 4

    Remove the rafters from the top of camper. Most camper awnings use lag bolts to secure the rafters.

  5. 5

    Use a screwdriver to remove the screws securing the awning fabric to the rails.

  6. 6

    Undo the arms from the feet and pull the awning away from the camper. Depending on the length of the awning, you may need help to avoid damage to the railing.

  7. 7

    Set the awning on the sawhorses.

    Repair the Torsion Assembly

  1. 1

    Use vice grips to secure the removable part of the arm. You may want to use a rubber material or cloth to prevent damage to the finish.

  2. 2

    Use a wrench to remove the bolt securing the arm to the camper and move the part away from the end cap. To prevent damage or injury, make sure you have a good grip on the tool, as well as a secure grip with it.

  3. 3

    Release the cottar pin and allow the spring to unwind until the spring is free of tension.

  4. 4

    Repeat Steps 1 to 3 on the other side of the awning if you need to remove the awning fabric.

  5. 5

    Drill out the rivets securing the end cap and cam lock to the awning tube. You may want to indicate the correct position of the cam handle by making some type of mark before you remove it.

  6. 6

    Use a hammer and punch to remove the pins that secure the end cap to the cam lock.

  7. 7

    Replace the torsion mechanism and reattach the awning to the camper, unless you need to replace the awning fabric. Insert new pins and rivets to secure the parts into place.

    Replace the Awning Fabric

  1. 1

    Remove the old fabric from the awning.

  2. 2

    Thread the new fabric into the awning tubing.

  3. 3

    Work carefully to prevent snagging or tearing. You may want to file any sharp edges on the awning tube, as well.

  4. 4

    Center the fabric and place the fabric cords into the tube.

  5. 5

    Reattach the parts and secure the awning back in place on the camper.

Tips and warnings

  • If you bend the awning rail, you can use a special tool to straighten it back into shape.
  • Coiled springs may cause injury if you fail to release the tension.

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