Setting up your Awning is one of the simplest things to do in the van, however there is an exact order to follow. You need to follow these steps exactly, otherwise it can turn into a very frustrating exercise.
Below is the step by step guide to setting up your Dometic Awning –
- Loosen the brace knob – approx. 2 turns. Do not loosen completely
- Release the support arms by releasing the travel lock– repeat process on both sides
- The Ratchet dog (placed at the end of the roll / cylinder) controls whether the awning is coming in or out. This needs to be needs to be flipped into the roll down position.
- Look for the awning pull strap, and gently pull on the awning.
- Roll out the awning all the way out until the entire fabric has been spread out properly.
- Push the slider assembly until it slides over the travel lock.
- This is a great time to put on your de-flappers if you are using them.
- Repeat process on both ends.
- With the awning fabric in place, you need to move the tension arms. Start on one side, slide up stopping halfway, then move to the other side and slide to the top, coming back to the first side and lift the remaining height. Make sure the clip fits into the respective joint at the end of the cylinder’s head.
- You also have to adjust the tension in the support arms and then lock it in place by applying the locking mechanism.
- Use the lever to release some length of the support arm. This is an important step because the releasing of the support arms helps to prepare it for final placement on the ground.
- When everything has been put in place with the right tension being maintained for each arm and segment, remove the safety clip (placed at the point of attachment of the support arms and the caravan) and bring the arms down on the ground. During this step, try to keep the pressure in the opposite direction of the caravan because the tension in the arms tends to bring it closer to the caravan, resulting in the caravan awning being rolled up again.
- Now that the arms are firmly placed on the ground, you can easily adjust the height. If you need to raise the height further, then increase it to the desired level and fix it in place by using the locking mechanism.
- Once everything has been set up, you will find some length of strap hanging from one end. Just wrap it around the support arm and tie it to prevent it from getting in the way.
Please be mindful that the Awning is purely a shade device – If you experience heavy rain or strong winds, we recommend rolling the awning up. If you have a little bit of rain, it is a good idea to lower one side of the awning (generally furthest away from the front door) a couple of notches, just enough to create a little bit of a slant allowing the rain to run off and stop any pooling of water on top of the awning.
When it comes time to roll the Awning up, it is simply the reverse of setting it up.