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Old 12-08-2019, 11:45 AM   #1
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How to winterize your awning!?

So, I haven't read much about awning winterizing. Really, what can you do other than nothing? lol. At the end of the season I cover my trailer as I'm sure many of you do and in the spring we uncover everything and clean what needs to be cleaned. So my grief is, every time I unroll the awning, and it tends to be wet in my part of the world over the winter, it seems to have a fair bit of moisture or water caught inside which in turn causes some unnecessary mold and mildew to build up. What do you guys do out there to avoid this or at least minimize the scrubbing in the spring?! Is there a trick or end covers that can be installed. Should I move?.. Underside awning scrubbing has to be one of the more difficult jobs to do in my opinion. Working over your head, getting wet and dirty....
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So, I haven't read much about awning winterizing. Really, what can you do other than nothing? lol. At the end of the season I cover my trailer as I'm sure many of you do and in the spring we uncover everything and clean what needs to be cleaned. So my grief is, every time I unroll the awning, and it tends to be wet in my part of the world over the winter, it seems to have a fair bit of moisture or water caught inside which in turn causes some unnecessary mold and mildew to build up. What do you guys do out there to avoid this or at least minimize the scrubbing in the spring?! Is there a trick or end covers that can be installed. Should I move?.. Underside awning scrubbing has to be one of the more difficult jobs to do in my opinion. Working over your head, getting wet and dirty....
What is your awning made of. If its a plastic or vinyl, you can spray the underside heavy and roll it up as you are spraying from the bottom up. Leave it rolled up for 20 minutes. Unroll and hose off. Mine came spotless. Can't do that on my Tiffin. It has a cloth awning and will bleach it.
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Old 12-08-2019, 12:55 PM   #3
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We've always just made sure the awning is clean and dry before storing.
Sounds like it needs a cover of some sort...or an awning for your awning.
Moisture is always a problem in the PNW. Sunbrella material seems to be fairly mildew resistant, but anything rolled up wet is going to have issues.
Maybe look into the aluminum shielded fabric replacements?
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Our awning had a metal covering on it which automatically covered the vinyl once rolled up. It kept the awning dry. I don't recall if this is something that came with the awning or something you can buy after market.
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Old 12-08-2019, 03:49 PM   #5
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Maybe you can try this 4" diameter flexible drain pipe. Rip it lengthwise and fit it over the rolled up awning.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/4-in-x-1...0010/100212428
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Check out Concrobium Mold Control, if it suits you for preventing mold/mildew on your awning during storage. You would need to wash N dry it first.
Another suggestion, store your RV with one end high enough to promote water drainage.
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Yes I got all your guys responses. I do cover my trailer in the winter with an Adco cover. It does help a lot. I also clean my vinyl awning every spring. Actually, I try and scrub it a couple times throughout the season. When I put it away this fall I tried to shrink wrap one end to see if I can keep the water out. Trailer has a slope to the rear so I covered the front. Best thing I could think of for now...
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Since you are covering the trailer, where is the wetness coming from? Maybe just condensation? If so, not much to do except wash it in the spring.


In my experience, the metal weathershields don't keep water out when the awning is rolled up. The metal slats seep a bit at the joints, plus the ends are open. They mostly serve as protection from debris, sun exposure, accumulated leaves, etc.
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Mix up a solution of bleach water, 1/4 cup per gallon. Spray it on the awning, roll it up, and give it a half hour. Unroll and hose it off. Stubborn spots may require a bit of scrubbing, but this is the easiest way I have found, and it works.
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I usually store my rv inside a barn for the winter if I am not going south. I dry the awning before it goes into the barn. Other than that, there is no way that I know of to keep the water out of them. The metal covers do not keep them dry. In my experience, nine times out of ten, when you open the awning, it will be somewhat wet. Maybe if you live in the desert it would be different, but not where I live. It has never really caused any trouble. In two travel trailers, and two class As, I have never had a mold problem with any of my awnings, even though they are almost always wet when you put them out.
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Usually a wash, dry, then spray with 303 Protectant then retract it for the winter. Unfortunately a wet November and after 2 feet of early snow, that didn't happen this year.
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