RV awnings may not be a necessity – you can certainly operate and use an RV without one – but they’re a very useful accessory to have. Not only do they make your rig look nice and cheerful, they lessen the wear and tear on your motorhome…and on you if you like relaxing next to it.
Because they’re made of fabric, well-used RV awnings are going to need some repair after a few years. Here are some tips on RV awning repair if you should need to do that at any point.
When To Do RV Awnings Repair
You should repair your RV awning the moment you notice a problem. Check the awnings periodically to make sure they’re in good condition, and check them at the beginning of each season for any tears or holes. It’s much better to find awning damage before you head out on a trip than to discover a leak when it’s dripping on you! Also, repairing the damage as soon as you see it prevents it from getting worse.
How To Repair RV Awning – Small Spots
If you tear or hole is under three feet, you may be able to fix it easily yourself with RV awning repair tape. You should be able to find RV awning repair tape at hardware stores, RV retail stores like Camping World, or online at sites like Amazon. Prices vary, but you should expect to pay less than $20. Most tapes are 15ft long, though some are wider than others. Although it’s more expensive, you may want to buy thicker tape if you need to cover a hole or a larger rip. Eternabond tape is another option – it’s much more expensive (around $50 on Amazon), but it’s much more powerful and holds much more effectively. You should know that it’s not transparent, however, and your repair will show.
A lot of RV awning repair parts can also be gleaned from tent repair kits, which run from $5-$20 at most camping and outdoor stores.
How To Repair An RV Awning – Large Holes
If your repair is longer than three feet, you’ll need to purchase fabric of the same color and consistency as your awning and patch up the tear. You may be able to find matching fabric from the retailer where you bought the original awning, or at a fabric store. Using fabric scissors, cut a square or rectangle of your matching fabric to the correct size for your hole or rip. Apply to the spot using water-resistant RV glue like Amazing Goop, which is just $8 on Amazon.
Once your square is properly applied, use the fabric scissors to trim any loose edges to your repair is as unnoticeable as possible.
Tips On Repairing Your RV Awning
There are a few things you can do to make your RV awning repair go more smoothly. Before you begin the repair, wash the awning to get off all the dirt or other debris. Dry it with a towel and be sure the fabric is completely dry before beginning your repairs.
When you apply awning tape, push the tear together while the fabric is on a flat surface, then apply the tape (you may want a repair partner to help you keep everything in place). Take your time when positioning everything so you can get it in the right spot. Be sure to push out any air bubbles. If you make a mistake and place the tape incorrectly, rather than pulling it up and trying again, apply another piece. Put awning tape on both sides of the fabric at the location of the tear.
There are many YouTube videos that offer tips on repairing RV awnings as well, and you might find it helpful to watch some before beginning the process.
With some patience and a few small items, you may be able to save yourself a lot of money in the long run by repairing your awning instead of having to replace the entire thing!
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