Switch the ratchet mechanism to roll out position with the awning rod.
Hook the pull strap with the awning rod and roll out the awning.
Slide the rafters up into position on the awning arms.
Tighten the rafter knobs on both rafters.
Raise the awning to the desired height.
Lower the awning arms to the rest position.
Loosen the rafters knobs and release the rafter catches.
Slide the rafters down to the rest position.
Grasp the awning to prevent it from rolling up by itself.
Switch the ratchet mechanism to the roll-up position
Control the roll-up with the pull strap and awning rod.
Secure the travel locks and snug up the rafter knobs.
Practice rolling up your
awning on a calm day until you have the procedure
memorized. Then do the same thing while blindfolded, with
someone spraying a hose in your face. This will simulate
a typical emergency storm take-down. Except for the wind,
of course. For this simulation you will need three fairly
burly guys, all yanking the awning in a different
direction at the same time. Once you have gone through
the preceding exercise, you will understand why the
experienced camper will take down the awning at the first
sign of trouble.
After being rolled up
and possibly damp for several months your awning will
appreciate a good airing out and a bath with warm water
and a mild detergent. Use a car wash type brush to scrub
the surface of both the top and the underside. A little
WD-40 on the moving parts helps to free up and protect
these components. Dry it thoroughly before re-rolling it.
Lower one end of your
open awning to allow rainwater to drain off. Peg down the
awning feet when the awning is free standing so that a
gust of wind will not flip over the awning. Also, the
awning may be straped down with the special awning straps
available at your local RV store. If you suspect a strong
wind or storm is coming the safest thing to do is roll up
Disclosure: Advertisements are placed on this website to offset the cost of maintenance and to
keep this site free for everyone to use. Owners of this website will receive compensation for products and services
purchased through featured advertisements. All claims of actual user results should be considered atypical.