5 Types of RV Awning Designs

An RV awning is an invaluable add-on to your recreational vehicle. Not only does an RV awning offer you protection from the elements, but it can also extend the functionality of your RV. Before you buy an RV awning, it is a good idea to explore the different options that you have. It is also a good idea to keep the installation parameters in mind. While some RV awnings are simple to install, others can be quite complicated and might require professional expertise. Improper installation can not only damage the awning, but your RV as well. You should check to see if the shop where you buy your RV awning from is willing to install it on your RV. When you are picking an awning for your RV, keep in mind the installation and maintenance costs—sometimes what seems like the cheapest option is not always so.

From simple slide out units to mechanized ones that can add another room to your RV at the touch of a button, there are as many types of RV awning as there are recreational vehicles. Let us take a look at some of the more popular types of RV awning designs.

Fixed Awnings

These are small RV awnings that are fitted over the windows and doors of the RV. They offer some protection from the sun and the rain.

Slide Out Awnings

These are simple RV awnings that are stored under the roof of your RV for added protection. When required, the awning is pulled out manually or by mechanical means. These awnings are usually made of canvas and are relatively inexpensive and easy to care for.

Roller Awnings

These RV awnings are mounted on rollers. In the stowed position, the awning is rolled up tightly and stowed into a recess in the RV. When it needs to be deployed, it is either manually unwound or deployed by a mechanical system. Most roller awnings can extend much farther than slide out awnings so they provide more shelter from the outdoors. However, since they involve more moving parts, they also require more maintenance in the long run.

Automated Retractable Awnings

These RV awnings will deploy at the touch of a button and save you the hassle of having to set up your awning manually. Some units even come with sensors that cause the awnings to retract if the wind picks up to save the awnings from damage. These RV awnings are very convenient. The only downside is that they can be expensive, and if they are damaged, repairing them can be an expensive proposition too.

Patio Awnings

Patio RV awnings come with additional fabric that can be tied down to make a separate room outside your RV. These are a great way to get some privacy and increase the amount of sheltered space available to you when you are camping. Although these RV awnings have numerous parts that need to be tied down to form a room, the extra space that you gain makes it very worthwhile, especially if you have a full house on board your RV.