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Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Camper Awnings

posted on 16 March 2014 | posted in camping

Camper awnings are those secondary covering attached to the exterior wall. It is typically composed of canvas or acrylic cloth that is stretched lightly over a light structure of aluminum, iron, steel or wood. The configuration of this structure is something of a truss, space frame and planar frame.


Those that are easy to set- up and light on the budget are designed for the first-time recreational vehicle (RV) owners. It has the looks, strength and dependability you are asking for. Before you place a call to order any of the camper awnings, having the following information in hand is very important.

How to get the camper awnings' measurements when replacing exisitng?
First, determine the length and width of the existing fabric with the canopy fully opened. The length should be measured from the roller tube to awning rail. Do not include include the hardware and valance in these measurements. The width measurement is the distance between the center line to center line of the hardware. With the canopy fully extended, you should find a product tag on the roller tube.

How to install the new camper awnings?
Measure the width to the nearest foot by looking at where the hardware will be mounted. As you measure for the width, make sure that the installed hardware and canopy will not interfere with doors, windows and compartments. Envision how the unit will open once installed. Study how the hardware will be screwed in to make sure that it will be screwed in at a point that is well supported. There is also a need to measure for the length and height of the hardware. This measurement should be from the rail at the top of the vehicle to the floor level where you will need to fasten the arms.

How to order camper awnings?
You will need appropriate fabric, roller, arms and rafters for a complete unit. These items are sold under separate part numbers. Remember that each recreational vehicle has its own specialized type. The kinds of RV's are as follows: motor home, travel trailer, folding camper and truck camper. There are several sorts of camper awnings such as the patio which has fiesta, simplicity and freedom; companion which has window, SL window and truckin'; and slideout which has summit, kover II and omega II.

Thousands of companies are doing business on camp accessories. Because the competition is fierce, you can get great deals on multiple buys or even deep discounts on just one. You can call around to local installers to find out what their specials are and compare the savings around town. Simply stated, camper awnings can make a wonderful addition to nearly any RV for that matter.

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