How To Keep RV Awning From Flapping VIDEO Genius RV Awning Tie Down Hack

By Pete | My Husband’s Corner

This is one of our favorite RV tips and hacks for do it yourself campers!

Don’t know how to keep RV awnings from flapping?

Use my DIY RV awning tie down hack!

RV Hack No Flapping Shows How To Keep RV Awning From Flapping by CampingForFoodies

Psst we’re compensated…see our disclosures.

Genius RV Awning Tie Down Hack How To DIY VIDEO

The best camping gear is not necessarily manufactured in a factory, it can come out of your own toolbox! 


Note: This video is compatible with Chrome, Firefox and Safari browsers without ad blockers enabled. If you are having trouble viewing this video, please disable any ad blockers and switch to a compatible browser. Thanks!

We hate the noise made by a retractable RV awning when it’s flapping in the wind!

When we bought our latest RV, we were on our first trip when we realized our old RV awning tiedown strap was not long enough for our new power awning!

So, it is a good thing we practice what we preach … one of our RV camping tips for beginners is to bring tools and spare parts!

I had to figure out how to tie down an awning with the supplies I had in my tool box!

Turns out … this DIY hack works better than our old traditional awning strap kit!

I created this VIDEO to show you how to tie down your RV patio awning with my DIY hack! 

DIY Hack RV Awning Tie Down How To Tie Down An Awning With 5 Simple Supplies by CampingForFoodies, how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!


5 Simple Supplies

You’ll need these 5 simple supplies to do this DIY RV awning tiedown hack.

You can get any one or all 5 of these RV Awning Tie Down Hack Supplies right here!

Note: You must “select” the LARGE camrings because the small rings don’t have the notch needed to secure the rope.

 StakesStakes are items that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning! RopeRope is one item that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning! LARGE CamRingsCamRings are items that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning! CarabinersCarabiners are items that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning! BungeesBungees are items that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!

&


8 Steps: How To Tie Down Your RV Awning

Use these same steps whether you have a manual awning or electric one.


Stakes are items that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!StakesStakes are items that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!

Step 1:

Hammer the Stake into the ground directly under the outside corner of your RV awning arms … just like I did in my video.

&


Step 2:

Tighten the tension of the awning rafter arm.

Tighten Awning Arm Step 2 How To Tie Down An Awning With This Genius RV Awning Tie Down DIY Hack by CampingForFoodies, how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!


Bungee Cords are items that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!Bungee CordsBungee Cords are items that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!

Step 3:

Hang the Bungee over the corner of the awning structure … just like I did in the picture below.

&


Hang Bungee Over Corner How To Tie Down An Awning With This Genius RV Awning Tie Down DIY Hack by CampingForFoodies, how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!


1/8-Inch Nylon Rope is an item that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!1/8-Inch Nylon Rope1/8-Inch Nylon Rope is an item that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!

Step 4:

Cut the 1/8-Inch Nylon Rope to the appropriate size (our awning required about 10 feet).

Then tie one end of the rope to the carabiner clip.

Now take the other end of the rope and run it through the two holes in the LARGE camring and then tie a knot at the end.

NOTE: If you tie the knot in the end of the rope before you string it through the LARGE camring, you won’t get it through the camring holes.

Follow the sequence as I describe it here to avoid frustration. *fistbump*

&


Carabiner Clip is an item that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!Carabiner ClipCarabiner Clip is an item that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!

Step 5:

Hang the Carabiner Clip from the bungee hooks and just let the rope hang down toward the stake.

&


 

Step 6:

Run the knotted end of the rope through the stake.

NOTE: The knot (you did this in step 4) eventually holds the rope in place in the camring notch … just like you see in the step 7 picture.

Run Rope Through Stake How To Tie Down An Awning With This Genius RV Awning Tie Down DIY Hack by CampingForFoodies, how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!


CamRing Tent Cord Tensioner is an item that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!LARGE CamRing Tent Cord TensionerCamRing Tent Cord Tensioner is an item that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!

Step 7:

Run the rope through the notch in the LARGE CamRing Tent Cord Tensioner.

Check out our photo below for a close-up view.

You’ll also find a diagram on the product package.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you “select” the LARGE CamRing size because the small size does not have the notch needed to secure the rope for this project!

&


Run Rope Through CamRing How To Tie Down An Awning With This Genius RV Awning Tie Down DIY Hack by CampingForFoodies, how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!


Step 8:

With a slight amount of pressure, pull down on the carabiner clip to tighten bungee while adjusting the LARGE camring (up or down) to remove slack from the cord.


Repeat steps on the other end of the awning.


BAM … You’re Done!

Now that your RV awning tie down project is complete, you have it protected from the wind while you are camping in the rain or sunshine!

You won’t have to listen to that annoying noise that can drive a sane man crazy!

That is how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind AND avoid marriage counseling at the same time!

Ha! Now kick back and camp!

P.S. This hack works on tent canopy awnings too!


Print This How To Keep RV Awning From Flapping With DIY RV Awning Tie Down Hack

Yield: 1 Pair Of RV Awning Tie Downs

How To Keep RV Awning From Flapping With DIY RV Awning Tie Down Hack

Hang Bungee Over Corner How To Tie Down An Awning With This Genius RV Awning Tie Down DIY Hack by CampingForFoodies

Camping For Foodies RV and Tent Camping Tips: How To Keep RV Awning From Flapping With DIY RV Awning Tie Down Hack

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $30

Materials

  • 2 Stakes
  • 1/8-Inch Nylon Rope, approximately 10 feet
  • 2 LARGE CamRings
  • 2 Bungees
  • 2 Carabiner Clips

Tools

  • Scissors or knife

Instructions

    1. Hammer the Stake into the ground directly under the outside corner of your RV awning arms ... just like I did in my video.
    2. Tighten the tension of the awning rafter arm.
    3. Hang the Bungee over the corner of the awning structure (see photo above).
    4. Cut the 1/8-Inch Nylon Rope to the appropriate size (our awning required about 10 feet). Then tie one end of the rope to the carabiner clip. Now take the other end of the rope and run it through the two holes in the LARGE camring and then tie a knot at the end. NOTE: If you tie the knot in the end of the rope before you string it through the LARGE camring, you won't get it through the camring holes.
    5. Hang the Carabiner Clip from the bungee hooks and just let the rope hang down toward the stake.
    6. Run the knotted end of the rope through the stake. NOTE: The knot (you did this in step 4) eventually holds the rope in place in the camring notch.
    7. Run the rope through the notch in the LARGE CamRing Tent Cord Tensioner.
    8. With a slight amount of pressure, pull down on the carabiner clip to tighten bungee while adjusting the LARGE camring (up or down) to remove slack from the cord.
    9. Repeat steps on the other end of the awning.

Notes

Please see video below for further instructions.

Recommended Products

As an Amazon Associate and member of other affiliate programs, I earn from qualifying purchases.


RV Awning Tie Down Kits

The more traditional methods of how to tie down an awning come in a few styles. Here are a few options:


The Camco Awning De-Flapper Max works by clipping 8″ wide grippers to your awning then uses velcro-like hook and loop fastener straps to attach the gadgets to the side awning arms to prevent flapping in windy and rainy conditions.

Camco Awning De-Flapper Max - Protects Your RV Awning From Costly Rips and Tears, Rust ResistantCamco Awning De-Flapper Max – Protects Your RV Awning From Costly Rips and Tears, Rust ResistantCamco Awning De-Flapper Max - Protects Your RV Awning From Costly Rips and Tears, Rust Resistant

 


The Camco Anchor Awning Strap Kit is similar to our DIY hack design in that you are anchoring both ends of your awning to the ground.

This kit uses spiral stakes that you twist into the ground and it has two springs that provide the tension needed to reduce the impact of awning flutter because of winds.

Camco Awning Anchor Kit With Pull Tension StrapCamco Awning Anchor Kit With Pull Tension StrapCamco Awning Anchor Kit With Pull Tension Strap

 


The JR Products 25 Foot RV Awning Tie Down design is one of the most commonly used ready-made gadgets to keep an RV awning from flapping.

The strap runs across the top of your awning and then drops down to the ground where it is attached by stakes and the tension spring provides the rigidity to the awning.

Because the strap runs the length of the awning, this kit does not fit every situation … it only fits awnings up to 25 feet.

JR Products 25 Foot RV Awning Tie DownJR Products 25 Foot RV Awning Tie DownJR Products 25 Foot RV Awning Tie Down

 


How Much Wind Can An RV Awning Withstand?

No matter what method you use to secure your awning, really strong winds can exceed the capability of the gadget you are using to protect it.

How much is too much when you are dealing with high winds?

There is no real answer to this question … use common sense when it comes to retracting your awning so you don’t end up having to replace it.

This RV owners forum has a good discussion about max wind speeds and how to keep RV awning from flapping without running the risk of damaging the fabric, hardware or even your RV itself.


When you plan your RV trips, be aware of unique characteristics of the location where you will be camping and bring appropriate tools.

I carry lots of miscellaneous items in my tool box so I am ready for any surprise I may encounter on our camping trips.

We created a really cool RV Tool Kit Checklist you can download for free so go grab a copy for yourself. You can thank me later!

RV Tool Kit Checklist - Items To Carry In Travel Tool Boxes - Camping For Foodies .com


Our Cool Camping Products Make Great Gifts!

Cutting Mat is an item that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!Cutting MatMat Set is an item that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!Mat SetShaker Set is an item that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!Shaker SetHammock is an item that made our supply list for how to keep your RV awning from flapping in the wind and making annoying noise with this genius RV awning tie down DIY hack and video to teach you how to tie down an awning!Hammock

&


If you need camping recipes and menu ideas, you can find them here at the Camping For Foodies Camping Recipes list.

Don’t miss a thing…sign up for Camping For Foodies email updates!

Your purchase of our products will help support World Vision ® Building a better world for children.

4 Comments

  1. And a star is born, and he shall be called Pete

    1. And I thought he would sit quietly in “My Husband’s Corner” … not so! LOL

  2. I am sure glad to hear that I’m not the only one who hates that sound. Our 5th wheel has an electric awning and it’s easy to roll up in a windstorm BUT I have a husband who thinks that the wind will NEVER rip it. I am going to share this with him. Thank you
    Barb

    1. Hi Barb! You are certainly not the only one who hates that sound! I think it is annoying during the day but even worse if it wakes me up in the middle of the night. I’m glad it bothered my husband as much as me … making him come up with his tie down hack solution. LOL

      Happy camping to you and your husband! Kim

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *