Here’s a guide on how to take down your caravan awning and how you can care for and maintain the awning after use.
Essentially to take down a caravan awning you reverse the steps that you took to put it up.
How to take down your caravan awning
1. Take off the wheel arch cover, curtain and draught skirt.
2. Take out the pegs that were used to secure the base of the awning. Make sure you put them in a peg bag so you don’t lose them.
3. Take out the guy ropes that were used to stop the awning from blowing over and take out all of the pegs holding that edges of the awning down.
Once you loosen one rope be aware that the rest will fall, so make sure there is someone there to grab it so it doesn't damage the side of the caravan.
4. Close the extended legs as far as they will go.
5. Detach all of the poles, taking the centre roof pole out last
6. Leave the awning hanging while you de-thread the awning cord. (A step will be needed for this part)
7. Make sure you put the awning away in the bag that it belongs in and if any of the poles are damp or dirty wipe them down before putting them away.
If your awning is wet make sure you leave it to dry as soon as possible, never leave it damp for more than 24 hours.
Care and Maintenance
The number one rule is to never pack an awning away and leave it when it’s wet. Your awning should be stored in a dry and well-ventilated place. You can keep your awning in your caravan in the summer but this will be too damp in the winter so it’s best to keep it somewhere like in the attic or in a garage providing it is not on a concrete floor.
Always wait until your awning is dry before attempting to remove mud, this will make it easier to remove with a stiff brush. Only ever use water on your awning to remove marks.
You should have your awning reproofed every season. Small areas can be treated with an aerosol proofer but bigger areas should be applied with a soft paintbrush. The solvent needs to be completely dry before it is stored away again. Don’t forget to protect any surfaces that you may be doing this on.