Traveling in the winter brings on many challenges. Although the experience is rewarding, you are in trouble if you are not prepared to go camping in the snow. If you are planning on taking shelter from falling flakes through the use of your awning, then think again. If you are not careful, you can damage your awning’s fabric and structure. So how does snow affect your RV awning? Let’s find out!
Can I leave my RV awning out in the snow?
Leaving your awning in the snow for an extended period can have significant consequences. For one, the fabric can tear under the strain of the snow. Unlike rain, snow accumulates, causing a build-up on your awning. Your RV awning is sloped to prevent this from occurring; however, that only does so much. If snow stays on top of your awning or if it is rolled in with the fabric, you will see some serious problems occur.
Snow can also damage the joints and metal frame that hold up your awning fabric. The freezing weather brings your frame in contact with moisture and rust. This will significantly shorten your RV awning’s lifespan. Usually, this would not be too much of an inconvenience as you could replace the fabric. Unfortunately, if the RV awning’s frame is damaged, you will have to spend more money to fix the mechanism. Bearing that in mind, you should not leave your RV awning out in the snow when you are not currently using it.
Minimizing Your RV Awning’s Exposure to Snow
As mentioned above, if you want to minimize your RV awning’s snow exposure, you need to use it sparingly. If you are not planning on sitting directly under it, close it! This process will get tedious, but it is necessary. Make sure that you clean off any excess snow before reeling it in. Cleaning off the snow ensures that it will not get trapped in the fabric allowing water to build up.
The best Awning Fabric for Winter
If you want an awning fabric designed to withstand snow, then acrylic and vinyl awnings are the way to go! These fabrics are the most common options on the market for good reason. These will meet your needs if you are looking for a durable and affordable product!
Acrylic fabric is one of the more expensive options on the market; however, its results will speak for themselves. This material is designed to counteract cooler temperatures. On top of that, it handles moisture very well, meaning that you will not have to worry as much about this awning’s upkeep. This fabric is not invincible, but it will get the job done!
Vinyl awnings are budget-friendly and completely water-resistant. With that being said, although vinyl awnings can withstand snow, they are not immune. Over time wear and tear will appear on the fabric if it is not well kept. It is a great option, but it could be better.
We Can Help You!
RV Awnings specializes in making awning fabric of the highest standard and offers a variety of options. If you have any further questions or want to order replacement fabric for your awning, call us today.