Thursday, October 6, 2022


Simple shade cuts temperature inside your RV

By Jim Twamley
One of the easiest ways to stay cool in your RV is to extend your awning. Reflecting the sun away and shading one side of your RV really cuts down on the heat.

To make your rig even more enjoyable add a curtain to your awning tube. You can roll these up with your awning or remove them, fold them up and stow them until the next use. You can tie the curtains down or just let them flap in the breeze. Either way, they will provide you with more pleasant temperatures during the dog days of summer.

When the wind comes up I always roll up my main awning because I’ve seen too many RV awnings ripped by the wind. However, I usually leave my window awnings down in light- to moderate-wind because they don’t have as much surface area as the main awning. You can also have snap-on window covers made that will even stand up to heavy wind. Window covers and awnings are an important asset in lowering the inside temperature of your RV.



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2 years ago

There are two designs of sun shade and you need to check how to access the slot is the roller to find out what kind of screen you can use. On my first motor home the extra slot was accessible from the bottom making it easy to slide the screen in and out. On our current motor home the slot was only accessible from the top when the awning was all the way out. We had to purchase a screen that had a section with a zipper. We first installed the section with a 3 foot drop that rolls up inside the awning without an issue. When we want full shade we simply zip in the additional screen that reaches almost to the ground.

Bill Semion
2 years ago

And what kind is recommended? How does this roll up into the awning??? I would be afraid it would jam the awning.

Ed Mays
2 years ago
Reply to  Bill Semion

You don’t roll it up

2 years ago
Reply to  Ed Mays

Yeah since my awning gets wet when when rolled up in the rain I would never roll the curtain up with it.

Last edited 2 years ago by Snayte