RV awnings are a staple of the RV experience. They provide a place to comfortably lounge in the great outdoors while shielding you from harsh, overbearing sun rays.
Because they are such a fundamental aspect of your campsite, awnings are generally heavily used RV accessories. They travel many miles with you, and a quality awning should supply you with soothing shade for years on end.
That being said, just like all products, damage can occur no matter how durable your awning is. When you factor in exposure to inclement weather, fading from sunlight, and normal wear and tear from years of use, you may find that your RV awning fabric needs to be replaced. The good news is that you can buy awning replacement fabric without having to replace the entire awning.
Is it Time to Replace Your Awning Fabric?
If your awning fabric has seen better days but you’re not sure if it’s time to replace it, here are a few signs to look out for:
The awning fabric is frayed or ripped.
Fraying or ripped fabric can unravel into a mess, and if yours is tearing off of the frame, it may be time to replace the canopy fabric.
The awning fabric is severely stained or faded.
Small stains or light fading generally aren’t a big deal, but if your awning is coated with stains or brown spots and you can’t even tell what the original color was, it may be time for an upgrade.
There is heavy mold/mildew buildup.
When your awning is exposed to elements such as heavy moisture and high humidity, unsightly mildew and mold can start forming. If you catch it early enough, you may be able to clean it off and salvage your canopy fabric, but if it’s rapidly spreading all over and is starting to deeply embed into the fabric, it’s probably best to start over with a clean slate.
The fabric has begun to sag.
If you leave your RV awning open when it rains and water collects on the canopy, this can cause the fabric to stretch, resulting in drooping and sagging. Sometimes this issue can be fixed by increasing tension, but if the sagging has stretched out the fabric enough, it may be time to think about a replacement.
You’re ready for an updated style.
The reason for looking into replacement fabric for your RV awning doesn’t always have to be functional. Sometimes you may want to update your awning with a new color, pattern, or style simply because you’re ready for a more modern, updated aesthetic.
Finding and Installing Your RV Awning Replacement Fabric
If you do decide it’s time to tend to your RV awning and get some replacement fabric, decide if vinyl or acrylic is best for your unique needs.
Regardless of the type of fabric you decide you need, do your research ahead of time, and invest in a product that is designed to hold up against rot, mildew, wear and tear, sun rays, and moisture. Additionally, make sure the fabric will fit your specific awning make and model, and always ask about the warranty before you buy.
When it comes to actually installing the canopy replacement fabric, having a professional help you is a good idea, unless you’re a pro yourself and are confident you can do it yourself.
If you’re not 100% sure what you’re doing, you could damage the hardware of your RV awning while trying to remove the fabric from the frame. Threading the new fabric into the rolling tube is a delicate process that needs to be done with the utmost care, or else the new fabric may tear or become damaged. Likewise, you also need to be extremely careful with the awning springs to avoid any accident or injury.
You should be able to find professional installation services with the manufacturer that you are buying the new fabric from or with a local dealer.
If you do attempt your own repair, heed all of the manufacturer’s advice thoroughly.
Keep Up With Basic Awning Fabric Maintenance
While some wear and tear is a natural result of time, there are steps you can take to keep your RV awning fabric in great shape. The best way to preserve the fabric is to take excellent care of it. Here are a few tips to help you do just that:
- Don’t leave your awning out in harsh weather conditions. Try to always retract it before bad weather hits.
- Regularly clean your awning fabric, and use the best method for your specific fabric type.
- Avoid rolling up your awning while it’s still damp or wet.
- Routinely inspect your fabric for any signs of mildew, mold, or tears.
Carefree of Colorado Has the Replacement Fabric You Need!
Whether you need vinyl or acrylic replacement fabric for your awning, we have the quality, durable options you’re looking for. With a large variety of colors, sizes, patterns, and extras to choose from, you’ll be able to outfit your RV with a stylish new look that will withstand the challenge of time and the elements, allowing you to get on the road and tackle your next adventure.
If you need assistance with any kind, contact us today!