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Erecting A Caravan Awning

By Valarie Park

Putting up the caravan awning causes a lot of stress and arguments for most caravanners. However, with a bit of extra preparation and organisation putting up an awning need not be stressful at all. As with most things the more often you do it, the easier it becomes. Make sure that your caravan is level and on as flat a surface as possible, before you start.

Spray the channel on your caravan that the awning is fed through, using a silicone based lubricant. Do not be tempted to use an oil based lubricant, it will ruin the awning by leaving stains. Now, lay the groundsheet out in the position it will finally sit in.

Lay the awning out next to the caravan. If it is dirty make sure that you lay it out on some plastic, not directly on the ground. Zip out any panels you can to make the awning lighter and easier to handle then begin feeding the awning into the channel opening. This is a 2 person job, one person should feed the awning into the channel whilst the other person pulls the awning through the channel. Some people need a small set of light steps in order to reach, so do not forget to pack them.

Take the locking pads and fix these in place on your caravan. Lay the awning frame out, on the ground, in the order that it will finally be assembled into. Next install the poles, start with the central roof pole and its leg. Then move on to each of the corners, followed by any additional poles. Install any panels that you removed earlier.

You can now peg out and tension your awning. Use the special tool provided to smooth out the roof of your awning, once you have done this begin pegging out. The first pegs you need to put in place are those on the corners. Finally, put your storm strap on if wind or storms are forecast. Finally, fit the draught skirts, put the curtains up and move any items into the awning that you need. Your awning is now ready to use.

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Park, Valarie "Erecting A Caravan Awning." Erecting A Caravan Awning. 7 Jul. 2010. 4 Aug 2014 <>.

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