Fixing an RV awning leak is a task that is easier said than done. Unless you have had prior experience with addressing the tears in the fabric, then you are going to struggle. With that being said, it is not impossible so let’s go over the steps to fixing an RV awning leak.
Can an RV awning be repaired?
If you have had your RV awning for a considerable amount of time, then there’s a good chance that it has picked up some deterioration. Once the edges start fraying and the holes start forming, it becomes time to evaluate what your next step is. Repairing an RV awning is not only possible, but it can be an intelligent first step if the fabric is expensive to replace. Unfortunately, taking on a job like this can be taxing if you are inexperienced.
How do you fix a leaking awning?
If your awning has experienced a small amount of damage, then fixing it with gorilla tape can be a solid short-term solution. Applying a large strip to both sides can help you get through a few more camping trips; however, it is by no means indestructible.
For large tears, you’ll need to take the fabric off the roller before using a repair kit to address it. By using extra fabric, you can sew it into the existing fabric, making it good as new. This is a long and arduous process, and unfortunately, there is not really a way to speed it up. If you skip over steps or mess up the stitching, then you are going to have to start all over. Because of this, it is recommended that you get a professional’s help if you want to repair an awning.
If you insist on doing the project yourself, then you will want to start by measuring the holes. Once you have the proper dimensions, you should next cut the extra fabric so that you have two more inches to each dimension. Begin sewing the material to the underside, so it is as discreet as possible. When all is said and done, you should test it by pouring water onto the problem spot.
Should you repair or replace your RV awning?
Because it is a difficult DIY project and you are already taking it off of its roller, you may want to consider buying a new fabric altogether. If the damage is great enough, then chances are you are going to only experience more issues as time goes on. Getting a fresh new material to sit under is not only an easy option, but it is also a non-expensive option. Most fabrics run at a low price of $50 – $150. This affordability means you can quickly get new fabric for your awning and get back to camping in no time.
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RV Awnings specializes in making awning fabric of the highest standard and offers a variety of options. If you have any further questions or would like to order replacement fabric for your awning, call us today.