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!
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!
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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!
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.
8 Steps: How To Tie Down Your RV Awning
Use these same steps whether you have a manual awning or electric one.
Hammer the Stake into the ground directly under the outside corner of your RV awning arms … just like I did in my video.
Tighten the tension of the awning rafter arm.
Hang the Bungee over the corner of the awning structure … just like I did in the picture below.
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*
Hang the Carabiner Clip from the bungee hooks and just let the rope hang down toward the stake.
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 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!
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
- 2 Stakes
- 1/8-Inch Nylon Rope, approximately 10 feet
- 2 LARGE CamRings
- 2 Bungees
- 2 Carabiner Clips
- Scissors or knife
- Hammer the Stake into the ground directly under the outside corner of your RV awning arms ... just like I did in my video.
- Tighten the tension of the awning rafter arm.
- Hang the Bungee over the corner of the awning structure (see photo above).
- 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.
- Hang the Carabiner Clip from the bungee hooks and just let the rope hang down toward the stake.
- 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.
- Run the rope through the notch in the LARGE CamRing Tent Cord Tensioner.
- 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.
Please see video below for further instructions.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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