When you buy an RV, it is important to buy the best RV awning available. Without a reliable RV awning, you won’t get the protection from the elements that you need for the RV lifestyle.

In this article, we will review some of the best RV awnings available on the market. After that, we will discuss what you should look for when searching for the right RV awning for you.

Without further ado, let’s take a look at our top picks!

Find Some Shade with These RV Awnings

Best RV Awning Best For:
Solera V000168106 Black 8’ Overall Value
Dometic 98000EX SlideTopper Most Durable
Carefree LH0890042 Slideout Cover Most Affordable
Universal Slide Out Awning Fabric Awning Replacement Fabric
Solera V000168109 Black 13’6” Large Awning

Our RV Awning Reviews

Let’s take a deeper look at each of our recommendations and what we liked and didn’t like.

Best Overall Awning

Solera V000168106 Black 8’

Although somewhat pricey, the Solera V000168106 Black 8’ is definitely a return for your investment, as it is not only sturdy and durable, but also offers reliable protection.

We like how it is capable of fitting slide-outs ranging from 66 to 192 inches and comes with an awning rail, topper, and all mounting brackets. Unfortunately, the instructions can be clearer and the awning fabric is only water-resistant, not waterproof.

Solera V000168106 Black Slide Topper Awning - 8'...
  • Black 8' Solera Slider is 96" inches wide and has a box width range of 86" to 91¾" (Box width is...
  • Select the size that extends a minimum of 2 ½" beyond each side of your slide box width

Pros:

  • Created with heavy-duty vinyl fabrics
  • Automatically retracts and extends with the slide-out
  • Can extend up to 50 inches, which is eight more inches than most other brands out there
  • Universal fit for slide-outs ranging from 66 to 192 inches
  • Can be installed up to 5 inches above the slide box trim, so it is very flexible

Cons:

  • The awning fabric is not waterproof, but is water-resistant
  • The awning cannot provide adequate protection in heavy rainfall or snowfall
  • Sometimes ships with missing or damaged parts
  • Instructions could be clearer, particularly for newcomers to installing RV awnings

Most Durable

Dometic 98000EX SlideTopper

Affordable and durable, the Dometic 98000EX SlideTopper is made of durable vinyl. Dometic is well-known for its compact and lightweight yet durable awnings. Like our other picks, we love that this awning is easy to install. We also like how it is durable and can withstand long winter trips. It will be able to provide you the shade and protection you need from the elements.

There were some things we didn’t like about this product. Dometic’s customer service leaves a lot to be desired, since they do not provide a lot of guidance about how to install and use this product. Further, this slide topper does not ship with all of the parts you need to install the product, so if you are a newcomer to installing RV awnings, this may not be for you.

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Dometic 9800018.401B EZ SlideTopper Slide-Out...
  • Product Type:Auto Accessory
  • Item Package Weight:2.631 Kilograms

Pros:

  • Durable – will last you many trips
  • Compact, lightweight
  • Easy to install

Cons:

  • Not the best customer service
  • Does not come with instructions
  • Need to buy fabric separately

Most Affordable

Carefree LH0890042 Slideout Cover

This product is our pick for most affordable. We like how despite its size and large range of capabilities, this slide-out awning is quite affordable. It automatically extends with your slide room and has a built-in automatic roller lock that prevents billowing, making it flexible and easy-to-use.

However, we did not like how there were no instructions provided, making it hard to install for those who have never installed an RV awning before. Like the Dometic 98000EX SlideTopper, this product also does not come with everything you need to install it properly.

Carefree LH0890042 White Slideout Cover,82 Inches...
  • Carefree Slide out Cover Roller
  • The Slide out Cover combines worry-free, dependable protection, easy installation, dependable...

Pros:

  • Keeps your slide room cool and clean
  • Roller lock prevents billowing when traveling
  • 42-inch extension
  • Locks automatically when the slide room is closed and automatically unlocks when the slide room is used
  • Dimensions are as follows: the roof size range: 82 inches to 89 inches; flange size range: 87 inches to 94 inches; fabric width: 93 inches.

Cons:

  • There are no instructions provided
  • Does not include mounting brackets, contrary to what the company claims in its Q&A

Best Awning Replacement Fabric

Universal Slide Out Awning Fabric

This vinyl awning is easy to cut to fit and install and comes with cords pre-installed at both ends of the fabric.

We like how easy it is to install and how the cording is secured with a welded seam on both sides, so it will not easily slip out when you are cutting the vinyl. This product is our pick for best replacement fabric because it is made of sturdy, tough vinyl and is easy to set up on any kind of RV. Unfortunately, this product only comes in white and may not be the most durable.

Universal Slide Out Awning Replacement...
  • Universal, Cut to fit-No specialty ordering required
  • Fits slide outs with a Fabric that measures 200" or less with an extension of 30" or less

Pros:

  • It is made of vinyl, making it perfect for winter trips
  • Weighs 12 oz. per square yard, so it is quite durable
  • Great replacement fabric due to durability
  • Easy to install – comes with instructions

Cons:

  • Only comes in white
  • May not be the most durable type of fabric out there
  • Does not come with its own instructions – you should follow the instructions from your awning manufacturer

Best Large Awning

Solera V000168109 Black 13’6”

This product, also from Solera, is a great option for RVers with larger areas to cover. At 162 inches wide with a box with a range of 152 to 157.75 inches, the Solera V000168109 Black 13’6” comes in two colors: black and white.

We really like how flexible this awning is and how suited it is to larger RVs. Like the other Solera awning above, this awning also can extend up to 50 inches, which is 8 more inches than competitive brands. However, the fabric quality could be better.

Solera Black Slide Topper Awning - 13'6" (13'1"...
  • Select the size that extends a minimum of 2 ½" beyond each side of your slide box width
  • Features solid black awning fabric and black hardware

Pros:

  • Perfect for larger RVs
  • Created with heavy-duty vinyl fabrics
  • Tested for durability – can withstand -25 degrees Fahrenheit, so it is perfect for winter camping trips
  • Comes with everything you need to set it up – awning rail, topper, and mounting brackets
  • Leak-resistant seams

Cons:

  • Fabric could be more durable
  • Lock mechanism could be stronger

Recap: The Best RV Awnings


Factors to Consider When Buying RV Awnings

In this buying guide, you will learn about what you need to look for when buying an RV awning. You should consider all of the factors below before deciding which awning is the best bang for your buck, since there are so many choices out there.

Material Used

First of all, you need to pick the right kind of RV awning fabric for the kind of road trip you’re planning to have with your vehicle.

For example, if you are planning a summer trip, you should get a breathable acrylic fabric, so you get the shade that you need during hot sunny days.

However, if you plan to go on winter trips, you will need an awning that is made of durable vinyl fabric, such as the Solera or Dometic awnings listed above.

Your awning fabric should also be durable enough and have a protectant to protect against UV rays that can wear it out and fade the color over time.

You should also look at whether the RV awning material is waterproof or just water-resistant. For longer trips, you should look into getting an RV awning that is waterproof, so it can withstand heavy rainfall and snowfall. Most vinyl fabrics are waterproof (since vinyl is a laminated fabric), but some are more waterproof than others.

Your RV Dimensions

Secondly, you should look at what your RV’s dimensions are. After all, you wouldn’t want to purchase an RV awning that does not fit your RV. You need to know the exact measurements of your RV or your existing awning.

If you already have an awning that just needs to be replaced, use that awning to guide your next purchase. On the other hand, if you have never had an awning before, you can measure ⅓ to ½ of your vehicle’s length to determine the size of the RV awning you should get. Usually, RV awnings range from 2 to 5 meters.

You can also ask your RV’s manufacturers about what the size of the RV awning you should get.

Ease of Installation

You should also look at whether your RV awning is easy to install. Is it easy to wrap the fabric around the roller tube? Does it come with the correct mounting hardware? Are the instructions easy to follow?

If you have never installed RV awnings before, you should look into getting an RV awning that comes with easy-to-understand instructions.

Flexibility

Another factor to consider is whether the RV awning is retractable. Can it be placed above the slide box trim? Does it automatically retract and extend with the slide-out?

Having a retractable awning that is flexible and can automatically retract and extend with the slide-out will make your life much easier, particularly when you are moving from one camping site to another.

Budget

Last but not least, you should consider your budget when buying an RV awning. You should not look at the price to determine the quality of your RV awning – not all affordable RV awnings are poor choices. Similarly, not all pricey RV awnings are best suited to your needs.

Final Thoughts

You deserve a great RV awning so you can have enjoyable camping experiences in your RV. A good RV awning will provide you with a comfortable area to relax and enjoy nature, as well as protect you from harsh weather conditions.

We hope this review and guide has helped you to locate the right awning for your needs. For more reading on awnings, check out the articles below.