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10-Minute Tech: Awning Guard Duo

Originally Published in Trailer Life Magazine

We recently had to replace the awning on our 2008 travel trailer due to damage caused by storing the trailer outside in inclement weather. To prevent deterioration, I made a cover for the new awning for when the trailer’s being stored. I used 4-inch galvanized stovepipe that I bought from Lowe’s. I bought enough sections of the pipe to cover the entire awning. One edge of the pipe fits into the rain gutter, while the rest wraps around the awning tube. When it’s time to travel, I remove the sections.


David Gance, Morehead City | North Carolina

After years of storing our old travel trailer outdoors, the weather took its toll on our awning. To protect our new RV’s awning from sun damage, I bought two 10-foot sections of 4.875-inch K-style vinyl rain gutter from a home-improvement store. I installed them upside down over the awning, which protects it from the elements. Each section cost less than $5, was easily cut to length and fits snuggly over the awning while being stored. Just don’t forget to remove the rain gutter sections before hitting the road!

LaMoine Harms | Ames, Iowa







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