Solera Standard Awning Roller and Fabric Installation - 2008 Keystone Montana Fifth Wheel

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How to Install the Solera Standard Awning Roller and Fabric on a 2008 Keystone Montana Fifth Wheel


Today in our 2008 Keystone Montana, we're going to be taking a look at the Solera, 14 foot sand fade RV awning, roller and fabric, part number LCV000223179. We're also going to be using the universal awning hardware for Solera hybrid awnings, part number LC434726. We're also going to be using the protrusion to mount our awning to, and that's going to be part number LC281928. Here's what our awning looks like when it's fully installed. It's going to give us plenty of shade and keep us protected from the elements. Whether you're looking for an upgrade or even a replacement, or maybe just putting an awning on your RV or camper, because it doesn't have one, our Solera awning and arms are going to be a great option and a great choice. We'll have all the different sizes available on our website to fit your needs. The awning we're working with today it's going to be 14 feet wide.

Our awning's going to stick out about 8 feet. It's going to be plenty of protection against the sun, or any other elements so we can enjoy the weather outside. Our awning kit is going to come with the awning roller and the fabric, but the arms are going to be a separate item. The fabric on our awning is going to fade from a sand color to a white gradually as it gets towards the camper or RV. The fabric itself is an anti-scuff fabric. That's going to be nice because we're not going to have to worry about tree branches or anything else scratching up the fabric.

It's also going to have an anti-mildew coating on it, which means that we're not going to have to worry about any rain setting in and causing that nasty smell. When it comes to cold weather, our fabric's going to be rated up to negative -25 degrees Fahrenheit against cracks. Even in the cold seasons, we're not going to have to worry about any damage or anything happening to the fabric. The awning assembly, consisting of the roller and the fabric itself, is going to fit both flat and pitched awning applications. In conjunction with our Solera awning, we're using the Solera hybrid arms, which I really like. As you can see, we have plenty of clearance to walk back and forth, and they don't interfere with the door or anything, opposed to other awnings, where a lot of the arms will have to come down all the way to the bottom, as well as all the way to the top.

Then you have a big arm that's sticking out right here. As you can see, we're free to move around, and we don't have any restrictions. The awning arms themselves are going to be 60 and 1/2" long, which is going to be nice. Even if you look right here, we have a fifth wheel camper here. Towards the front, we do obviously have a little bit less room than we do in the back. That's where these short arms are going to come into play and still allow us to have a full length awning available to us. Unlike most awnings where they're spring loaded and you have to grab a tethered piece and pull it down and then to get it back up, you got to pull it down again and let it retract, ours is actually going to provide us with a pole with a hook on it.

We're going to have a little slot we're going to go into. Then all we have to do is start twisting it up, and it'll roll our awning up for us. Then we're going to remove our tool and we're ready to go. To extend the awning out, we're just going to twist it the opposite way and give ourselves a little bit of shade. Our Solera hybrid arms are going to work with several different kinds of awnings. They are going to come with the end caps so that you could attach your roller to these arms and all the hardware necessary to get everything in place. Now that we've gone over some of the details and benefits of our awning, let's show you how we got it installed. To begin our installation, we took our protrusion piece here. I went in and took some Butyl tape and put it on the back of it. That way it'll help keep out the moisture and it won't have any leaks. Now with an extra set of hands. We're going to hold up our protrusion about where we want it. It is a little large, so it may sag in the middle. I'm just going to make sure that the two ends are lined up. Then I'm going to put in a self tabbing screw from the Butyl tape into the protrusion. We're going to go ahead and go to the other side and put another screw in. Now that we have one on each side, I'm going to come to the middle and put another one in. Double check to make sure that everything is nice and level. Then we can work on putting our screws in the rest of those remaining holes. Our next step is going to be attaching our roller to our arms. In the end of our arms, we're going to have a post coming out. It'll have a hole drilled into it. We're going to need to line that up with the roll. We're going to take our roller and we're going to slide it into place. Slide the arm onto the roller making sure the hole is lined up. Then we're going to take our square head cap screw here and we're going to go ahead and screw it into place making sure that the roller and the arm, the hole is aligned. We're going to repeat the same thing for the other side. You're going to want to grab several extra hands if you can. Since the arms are attached for an awning, we're going to have a few people holding that while we have someone else feeding our awning fabric into the track. Once we get everything in place and get it into about the position we want it, we're going to make sure the arms are nice and level. I'm going to put one screw on each side to hold it down, then we can come back and put the rest of our hardware in place. Now that we have one on each side, I'm going to go ahead and put another one in just to make sure everything is nice and secure. We're going to do the same thing for the other side as well. We're going to go ahead and cut this zip tie that's holding our arms in place. You want to make sure you have a firm grasp on it because if you do cut them, there is a chance that they could come down. At this point we're going to grab our awning roller and we're going to start rotating it, allowing our awning to come out. We're going to want to extend it all the way out, so we can get the rest of our hardware in place on the lower and upper section. With the awning extending, we can gain access to our lower mounting holes and we're going to be using the same hardware that we used to use on the top. You're just going to want to make sure that you put in some Butyl tape or some silicone so we don't have any leaks. We're going to go ahead and repeat that for the other lower holes and the middle holes on each arm. You're going to want to use all four mounting locations on the top. There's going to be two in the middle and two on the bottom. Now that we have all of these done, we're going to go ahead and the other side as well. With all the mounting hardware in place, we're going to roll our fabric back up and make sure that everything is nice and straight. There's no kinks or wrinkles or anything like that. Once it is and it's rolled up, I'm going to take a couple self tapping screws, I'm going to put them in place at the end of the channel where the fabric lines in place, that way it won't slide around. Now that we have that screw in place to keep that fabric from moving, we're going to go ahead and put one on the other side as well. That'll finish up our look at the Solera 14-foot sand fade RV awning, roller and fabric, part number LCV000223179, on our 2008 Keystone Montana.


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