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Mastering RV Awnings

Welcome, fellow first-time campers! Today, we're diving into the world of RV awnings, brought to you by Keystone RV. If you've ever found yourself in a campground debate about how to operate your awning, fear not—we've got you covered.

1. Basics of Operation

Before we unfold the awning, let's clear something up: always check your owner's manual. Don't wait until your awning resembles a tangled mess to seek guidance. Pride has no place here; close the awning first if anything seems off.

2. Avoiding Calamity

Inspect your surroundings for potential obstacles like trees before extending the awning. Trust us; it's easier to prevent disaster than deal with a destroyed awning later. Make sure your setup is smooth by running it out and, if needed, correcting any mishaps, like accidentally rolling it up backward.

3. The Dump Feature

Your awning's got a dump feature at the arm's bottom. Lower the end away from the entry door to prevent fabric from rubbing against it. Reserve this for light rain only.

4. Slide-Out Awnings

For those with slide-outs and awnings, these move in tandem. Be cautious during rain; water pools until the room is full. Check for debris before closing the room to avoid unwanted surprises.

5. Care and Caution

Now, the not-so-fun but crucial stuff. Repairs are expensive and time-consuming, so handle your awning with care.

  1. Wind and rain damage aren't covered by warranty.
  2. If your awning lacks a tilt feature, stow it in the rain to prevent damage.
  3. Stow awnings when not in use; the weather can be unpredictable.
  4. Better safe than sorry: close awnings until weather conditions are clear.
  5. Skip tie-downs for inclement weather; they won't prevent damage.
  6. Long-term room screen extensions? Not recommended; they void the warranty.
  7. Watch out for pinch points in adjustable hardware; they can snag clothing.

For detailed information, consult your Keystone owner's manual or the awning manufacturer's literature (Section 7 is a good start).

In conclusion, understanding your RV awning can lead to a better camping experience. Follow these tips, have a blast out there, and save yourself from unnecessary repairs. Happy camping!