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RV Awnings & Exterior

How to Replace RV Awning Roller Tube? – 4 Detailed Steps

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by Yessenia Blanda

/ fact checked by Sam Howard

how to replace rv awning roller tube

Having an RV, whether for use as a home or for vacation, is a huge benefit. However, having awnings improves the experience! Imagine relaxing in a chair outside your parked RV without getting sunburnt and appreciating a good view.

This pleasant experience, however, may be ruined if your Dometic awning roller tube wears out or becomes damaged. You may need to change awning on your camper or, if possible, repair it.

In this article, we’ll show you how to replace an RV awning roller tube and keep your RV running smoothly.

Step-by-Step: RV Awning Roller Tube Replacement

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Before you do anything to your awning tube, you must decide whether you want to do RV awning roller tube repair or replacement. If you identify that the damage or status of your awning tube cannot be fixed by a repair at all, your only best option is to change it to a new one.

If your RV awning roller tube bent, you have no other choice but to change it. The following steps will help you to DIY awning roller tube replacement:

What to prepare:

  • Tape measure
  • Electric drill
  • Bolt extractor tip
  • Screwdriver
  • Rag
  • Silicone spray
  • A new awning roller tube
  • Electrical or masking tape
  • Ladder
  • Vise grips

Step 1: Buy the exact model of your camper awning roller tube

Check for the model and brand of your awning roller tube. If you have a Dometic awning, it is better to buy it directly in their store than any other dealer.

If you don’t know the model and brand of your awning, measure the tube from the RV awning roller tube end cap to the other using a tape measure. Later in this article, we discussed how to properly measure a roller tube.

With that, you can look up the measurements online to see which model fits your used RV awning roller tube.

Step 2: Unscrew the bolts holding the awning to the RV

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First, you will want to remove the broken and old awning roller tube for the place of a new one:

  • Roll up the awning. Then, get a drill and a bolt extractor tip to unscrew the two bolts on each side of the roller tube.
  • Use a drill or a screwdriver to take off the screws holding the fabric on the long, horizontal metal plate.
  • Remove the awning arms out the bracket and extend them to the ground.
  • Pull the fabric down. You may use a ladder and ask someone to hold the other side as you do this.

Step 3: Take off your awning roller tube

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Put a rag on the other end or you can also try to place an electrical or masking tape. This prevention will help not to scratch your RV side.

  • Now, turn the shaft by using the vise grips Make a mental note of how many times you must uncoil the torsion spring before you can rewind it with the same frequency.
  • Using an electric drill or a screwdriver, you can remove the bolts attached to the end cap. Once the spring hampers, you can now take the end cap off.
  • Remove the roller tube’s spring assembly by pulling it out. Note as well the location of the valence and awning in the rails.
  • Drag the valence out, followed by the tube from the fabric. If the fabric is stuck in the tube, ask someone to get on a ladder to pull it off until it smoothly slides out. Ask for assistance in removing the tube from the RV, and make sure you have enough space around you.
  • Then, place the awning tube on the floor.

Step 4: Replacement RV awning roller tube

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First of all, make sure you get a silicone spray and use it on the new roller tube for RV awning tube replacement. From this, the fabric and valence slide in easily.

  • As it’s ready, slip the roller tube on the fabric.
  • Reinstall the spring assembly and end cap to their original positions.
  • Secure the end cap with the bolts using either a drill or screwdriver
  • Reattach the torsion spring in the same number of unwinding.

Frequently Asked Questions

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What is an awning tube?

An awning roller tube on a camper is a tube that holds the awning fabric. This tube can either undergo an RV awning roller replacement by its own or change the roller with the fabric as well.

If the fabric experienced a defect or was already worn out, it is best to change it to a new one along with a new roller.

What are the parts of an RV awning called?

The following are the parts of an RV awning:

  • Awning rail
  • End cap
  • Fabric
  • Awning tube
  • Spring assembly

What is the diameter of an RV awning tube?

This will depend on the model and brand of your old roller tube. However, if you have a 20′ RV awning roller tube, its diameter will likely be an approximate of 3.5 inches.

How do you measure an RV awning roller tube?

Measuring the awning tube is one of the most important steps in replacing it. If you get the measurement wrong, it’s a hassle and additional cost for you.

Before taking any measurements, you can check first the model and brand of your previous roller tube. If it has the specified details, you don’t have any problem at making an incorrect measurement!

However, if you don’t have the details, you need to measure it on your own.

Keep in mind that when determining the size of an awning tube, you do not use the length of the tube or even the fabric. Instead, you’ll take it from the center of both the front and back arms.

Usually, the measurement tool has the feet as a scale of measurement. If your tool doesn’t have it, consider using a conversion tool.

Conclusion

If your awning tube needs a replacement, we hope that we have helped you learn how to replace RV awning roller tube and regain your good experience with your RV!

With some tools and a series of steps, it is definitely possible to lay on your back again while admiring a good view outside your RV.

As a result, having a damaged or old roller tube is not a major impediment to enjoying your RV trip. You simply need to repair or replace it, and you’re ready to go!

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Yessenia Blanda

Hi, I’m Yessenia. I love traveling and being on the road, and I want to share my experience with people who are looking to have some adventures of their own. 

Whether you’re a new or experienced RVer, I hope you’ll find something here that helps you on your journey.

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