Wondering how to put up a caravan awning?
In this article, I will give you a step-by-step guide to help you put up your caravan roll-out awning.
These steps will work on any popular awning in Australia like the Carefree, Dometic, and Aussie Traveller awnings.
Step 1: Unlock the travel lock and loosen the knob
All roll-out awnings work pretty much the same way and set up is very similar between models.
The first step in putting up a caravan awning is to unlock the travel lock and loosen the brace knob located on both arms.
This allows the arms to move and extend so you can pull the awning out.
Step 2: Put the ratchet dog in the 'roll out' position
A ratchet dog controls whether the awning is rolling in or out and it’s usually located on the right side of the awning. Using the hook pole, put the ratchet dog in the 'roll down' position.
For Carefree awnings, there is no ratchet dog on the right side of the awning. Instead, there is a latch that does the same thing. Simply slide it up and it will put the awning into the roll-down position.
Step 3: Pull the awning out
Normally, awnings have a strap attached in the middle of the right side of the awning. However, sometimes when it is rolled up, the pull-out strap gets tucked in. When that happens, pull out the arm just a little bit and the strap should reveal itself.
Pulling out the awning is straightforward. Simply pull the strap down until it’s maxed out. If you can’t reach the strap, you can use the hook pole to pull down the strap.
You will notice that the angle of the awning is tilted downward. But don’t worry, we will get to that in the next few steps.
Step 4: Slide the inner arms up
Simply slide the inner arms up and lock it in. Then, move to the other side and do the same thing.
Step 5: Lift the poles
Lift the pole until it reaches your desired height. There should be a lock found in both outer arms. Unlock it before lifting up the arms.
Ideally, this step should be done by 2 people lifting both ends of the poles together. However, if you’re doing it solo, you can do it by lifting each pole in stages.
Step 6: Tighten the knob on both arms of the awning
The last step is tightening the knob on the centre of the inner arms on both sides.
Searle’s RV centre recommends that you apply outward pressure to the inner arms before tightening the knob to take off the slack in the awning.
Step 7: Peg down the poles to 90 degrees (optional)
It isn't necessary but you can remove the lower poles and peg them to the ground so that the awning poles are at 90 degrees.
This allows you to pass through the sides of the awning and creates more space. In addition, it reduces some wear to the awning because it loosens up the outward pull on the awning.
Prefer video format? Check out the clip below explaining the process above.
Putting up a caravan awning is pretty easy and can be done within a few minutes using the 7 steps outlined above. If this step-by-step guide doesn’t work for your awning, contact the manufacturer or follow the instructions found in the manual.
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