How to Install RV Awning Fabric

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Your RV awning fabric will not last forever. Time and weather take its toll on fibers. Exposure to the sun will cause fabrics to fade and become brittle. Installing new RV awning fabric is a challenging do-it-yourself project that requires three people to complete the task. Choose a sunny day without wind to replace the awning fabric. The fabric can act like a sail in windy conditions making installation difficult.

Undo the travel locks and set the cam lever to the roll-out position. Unroll the awning to 1 foot.

Locate the hole in each end cap where a cotter pin should fit. Turn the inside shaft until the hole in the shaft lines up with the hole in the end cap. Do this on each side. Insert a cotter pin and bend the ends to hold in it place. Repeat on the other end cap.

Have a helper hold the awning assembly for you. Remove the two lag bolts that are holding the awning rafter to the RV.

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Set up two saw horses at each end of the awning. Remove the screws on each side of the awning rail that holds the awning fabric in place. Remove the awning assembly from the RV with a helper by walking the assembly away from the RV. Place the awning tube on the saw horses and the awning assembly on the ground.

Unroll the awning fabric completely. With a pencil, mark where the fabric lies on the awning tube. Slide the old fabric off the tube. Using the old fabric to protect the new fabric from the ground, slide the new fabric onto the awning tube, matching it up to the mark you made earlier. Be careful not to tear or rip the new fabric on the end caps.

Replace the awning arm on the end piece and bolt in place.

Have two people hold up the awning assembly while one person runs the fabric cord through the awning rail. Roll up the awning and secure travel locks.


  • File down the sharp edges on the awning tube and end cap after removing the old fabric to prevent the new fabric from tearing or ripping.
  • Have extra cotter pins on hand because they can break easily.


  • "Woodall's RV Owners Handbook"; Woodall's Publishing Corp.; 2005 edition.

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