Pop Up Camper Awning Instructions

by Daniel Westlake

The secret to long canopy life on a pop-up camper is keeping it dry and out of the direct abuse of the elements. This is where an awning comes in most handy, to protect it from rain, sleet and snow. If the canopy material gets wet, it not only makes the time spent inside the camper itself uncomfortably cold and possibly moist, but can also lead to the growth of mold and mildew, which can make you sick and ruin the life of the canopy fabric.

Instructions in Rain

Pop-up campers aren't best for inclement weather in general, but sometimes it can't be avoided. If it does begin to rain wherever you are camped, pitch your pop-up camper awning to one side to prevent water from pooling on the fabric, causing damage or irreversible fabric stretching. It would also be a good idea to check on the awning regularly, to make sure there are no leaks or folds in it, creating runoff between the awning material and the canopy fabric. Try to secure the edges of the awning to the pop-up canopy itself with built-in button snaps or with bungee cords so that the awning can't move in the storm and cause leakage into the fabric.

When to Use the Awning

The time at which to have your awning opened is an important thing to consider as well, as awnings are susceptible to wind damage when they are out. If you feel comfortable sitting in a chair outside reading a newspaper, then it is probably a good idea to put your awning away just in case a strong gust of wind comes up. Not only can a strong gust break the awning, it can lift or topple the entire pop-up. With the awning put away there is a much smaller chance of anything like this happening.

Lowering and Raising the Awning

When lowering and raising the awning, make sure it has been raised high enough to clear the entry door. You don't want the door or your head to hit the awning. Sometimes the sliding systems can get grimy or lightly rust-covered, so it's a good idea to regularly rub Vaseline over these sliding surfaces. Also make sure the bracket screws attached to the roof from the awning are tight. Regular upkeep is the name of the game. Take care of your awning and it will take care of you.

About the Author

Hailing from Austin, Texas, Daniel Westlake has written under pen names for a myriad of publications all over the nation, ranging from national magazines to local papers. He now lives in Los Angeles, Calif. but regularly travels around the country and abroad, exploring and experiencing everything he can.

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