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RV Awning Drapes, Screens, & Sun Shades

Helpful Answers to Common Questions

If you're looking to make your RV vacation experience more enjoyable then no doubt you appreciate the need to install a quality set of drapes on your coach's awning. Awning sun shades can give you privacy, shade, & cooler temperatures. They can protect you and your family from the intense heat that comes from the sun's uv rays. In addition, they can help keep the overall temperature level of your trailer more comfortable and decrease your AC from having to cycle on and off as often.

A quality set of RV Awning Drapes keeps you comfortable while you BBQ, picnic, read, or just hang out with family and friends in the outdoors. They can also save you money & protect your investment in your RV!


But you may have some questions . . . What should you look for in a good set of RV Awning Drapes & Shades
? What is the best kind of material? How long should a good set last? Who sells the best quality drapes for Awnings? And where can you find the best price?

Please read the helpful links and articles we have gathered for your enrichment. And if you still have a question then please don't hesitate to give us a call at 800-789-5588
. One of our RV Awning Experts will be happy to answer any questions or issues you may have!

Are They Really Necessary?

If you RV just to enjoy a camping vacation with your family, then your goal is to spend time with them in the "Great Outdoors". But what if it's blazing hot outside? Or what if mosquito's are eating you alive? Well, installing a set of drapes & end panels (also known as screens or sunshades) to enclose your coach's awning 'patio' is a smart choice.

But what if you're a full-time RV'er? You, too, would appreciate the need for a good drape system for your motorhome. As anyone who has ever lived in small space knows, sometimes you have to just "get out" or cabin fever can get to you. By installing drapes on your RV's Awning, you effectively "enlarge" the square footage of your home. In addition, even when it's sweltering hot outside, How Sunshades & covers save you money & energyyou can enjoy the outdoors while others are stuck within the cramped confines of their motor homes. And have we mentioned how nice it is to have a little privacy?

You may NOT need drapes for your RV's Awning if . . . . . .
  • you enjoy being stuck inside your RV when you could be enjoying the fresh air, trees, and nature at its best.
  • you kind of like the pain from multiple mosquito bites because it makes you feel alive.
  • you're one of those people who enjoys sweating like a pig.
  • you prefer the "sunburned" look over lightly tanned.
  • you think you look good walking around with no shirt in front of others.
  • or are just plain crazy :)
Enjoy the outdoors, save money, and buy quality with Sunpro brand awning drapes from Sunpro Mfg!

(And by the way . . . if you haven't noticed already . . . you can get them right here at Arizona RV Parts Center's online store or by calling us directly at 800-789-5588.)


Finding the Right Size & Shade

How does the process of picking the right RV awning sun blocker work?
Quite simply actually. Picking the right size and type of awning shade system is only a matter of knowing the right questions to ask. Here are some ideas that will help you make a good choice. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to give us a ring at 800-789-5588.

  1. Pick the Best Material
  2. Select the Right Size & Color
  3. Order
  4. Install !
What type of material or brand would be best for your RV awning sun shade?
The answer to this question basically depends on how long you would like the RV awning drapes & end panels to last. Over time, they can become brittle, rot due to exposure to the sun or bad weather conditions, fade, rip or tear. RV awning screens take a good beating from the sun's intense heat and uv rays as well. Therefore, pick a high quality material that is up to the challenge. avoid duct tape repairs. buy sunpro brand rv awning drapes and end panels

Often the difference between low quality drapes and higher quality ones isn't very much when you factor in the fact that you may have to replace cheap ones over and over again. And while you're probably not overly concerned with what the neighbors think, we're pretty sure you don't like the impression using duct tape to patch a tear may give to others.

This having been said, then, what brand would be best? Sunpro Mfg's brand is a great choice! (Obviously, we are partial. But for good reason.)
The materials that we make them out of are durable, tear-resistant, and come with a 5-10 year warranty depending on your choice. You'll find that this a better guarantee than many other manufacturer's of RV awning shades, drapes, & solar blockers. Material choices include Protex 85% and Suntex 90%.

How do I pick the right size?
The first key is to properly measure the length of your RV's awning. Usually, the best practice is to measure the length of the awning's roller tube. We custom cut the length of the drape material to fit, but we do prefer to cut to the nearest foot. In choosing the correct length it is best to round DOWN from your measurement to the nearest foot. (Of course, if you have special reasons for having it slightly longer than your particular awning's roller tube, we'll respect that.)

sunpro rv awning sun shades & end panelsNext, consider how close to the ground you want your motorhome's awning shade to hang. Some prefer to have it hang a little higher than the ground by a few inches or even a foot. Others like it a bit longer so that they can tether the end down to the ground at a slight angle away from the trailer. However, this may be a factor to consider if you choose to add awning end panels to completely enclose your RV's patio.

In our online store under Awning Accessories, you will find two groups of categories. One will be Awning Drapes and the other will be Awning End Panels. The basic choices will be similar in both. But, basically, here's what you'll find. Under Awning Drapes, after determining which type of material you prefer (Suntex or Protex), you can then choose the height of awning shade that you need based on the distance from the roller tube to the ground. We refer to this as the Drop. Then you will be able to select the length you need based on the length of the roller tube. They range in length from 10 feet to 20 feet. (But we are able to cut custom sizes if needed. Just call us and we can talk about your particular needs.) From there it is clear sailing! Pick a color. Check out!

If you would like to enclose the awning area, you can choose to purchase end panels or sun blockers in the same material by going to this category of products and choosing the general size that would fit your needs.

rv awning utility groove for attaching shades, screens, drapes, sun blockersHow do they attach to the RV awning?
Often, the shades will simply slide into the utility groove of the awning's roller tube. However, if your RV's awning does not allow this, then give us a call after you check out and let us know. We'll find a solution that will work for your particular brand of RV awning. We're happy to help.

Enjoy the outdoors, save money, and buy quality with Sunpro brand shade & cover products from Sunpro Mfg!

(And by the way . . . if you haven't noticed already . . . you can get them right here at Arizona RV Parts Center's online store or by calling us directly at 800-789-5588
.)


Sunshade Material - Protex & Suntex - Which?

Which type would be better for my RV?
  • Suntex 90% is ideally suited for high end, luxury coaches and RV's. It is designed to last for years and is a better choice for those who are full-time RVer's who use their awning drapes often and value quality. We consider it the logical choice for most RV's since it is by far one of the best quality materials that can be used for awning drapes, shades, & covers.
  • Protex 85% is ideal for campers and RV enthusiasts who are looking for an economical sun shade / drape ma terial that will block the sun's strong rays and keep them cooler as they enjoy the outdoors.
They come with a 5-10 year warranty for a reason.

These are high quality drape and sunshade materials that are designed to last and endure the elements. They are made of woven fabrics that are easy to maintain and that resist water and tears. (Although it isn't Kevlar, granted.) Even though we had the option of other materials to use for our custom cut & sewn RV sun shade products, we've chosen Suntex & Protex because they were the only ones we felt we could back.

We've been in the RV accessory business for a long time. We've seen which materials weather well and which ones have proven to be a joke. We are confident we can make durable sunshades & covers for RV's with these high quality fabrics that our customers will be proud of. And did we mention they have a 5 - 10 year warranty?

What makes Protex & Suntex fabrics better for sun shade materials?

Quality: The materials that we make them out of are durable, tear-resistant, and come with a 5-10 year warranty depending on your choice. You'll find that this a better guarantee than many other manufacturer's of RV awning shades, drapes, & solar blockers. Material choices include Protex 85% and Suntex 90%.

What is the difference between your Suntex 90 & Protex 85 sun shade fabrics?
  • Protex 85% - High quality PVC mesh material that resists tearing and cracking. 5 year warranty. Comes in many colors and can be cut to many sizes. Allows you to have privacy while allowing you to see out. It blocks out about 85% of the sun's light hsuntex 90 material sampleelping to give you shade and cooler temperatures. It can be used to completely enclose an area to even give some protection against mosquitos!
  • Suntex 90% -SunTex is a unique woven mesh that can block about 90% of the sunís hot rays before they enter your windows. SunTex is ideal for use as a shading fabric on windows, doors and porches and offers good ventilation. This heavy-duty fabric made of strong vinyl-coated polyester is resistant to pet damage. Developed originally for use in outdoor furniture, SunTex is mildew and fade resistant and needs only an occasional cleaning with mild soap and water.

    Comes with a 10 year warranty. This special fabric is designed to endure the sun's strong rays for years. They allow you to have privacy while enjoying the outdoors and still let you see out! These screens come in any size needed to fit your motorhome, travel trailer, fifth-wheel, RV, or even home patio. They can be used for any application that Protex 85% can be used for.
  • What does the Percentage mean? The percentage indicates how much UV light it blocks out. 90% UV indicates that 90% of the sun is kept out, only allowing 10% in. We do not inflate our UV ratings, they are lab tested and accurate. Some companies inflate the numbers to give the perception of added value, when in fact, it clould have a lesser value.
Enjoy the outdoors, save money, and buy quality with Sunpro brand shade & cover products from Sunpro Mfg!

(And by the way . . . if you haven't noticed already . . . you can get them right here at Arizona RV Parts Center's online store or by calling us directly at 800-789-5588
.)


Why Sunpro brand?

We've been in the RV business for many years. It's our family tradition.
We've seen products come and go. And one thing we've learned over the years is that RV enthusiasts prefer higher quality materials over saving a few dollars. However, we believe that it is possible to have both. We're happy to answer any questions or adjust to better meet your needs. Let us share our expertise in the RV parts & accessories field with you.

What makes Srv awing drape suntexunpro brand better? Two Words - Workmanship & Material

Workmanship:
We custom cut, sew, and manufacture Sunpro brand RV awning drapes, screens, & sun shades ourselves and pay attention to the details. They can be cut to fit the size you want. The materials we use come in many colors and can be made to fit any application you can imagine. Not only can we make awning drops to shade you while you enjoy the outdoors with your motor home, but if you ask us, we can even make BBQ covers, residential A/C covers, large shade panels for patios and car ports, aluminum framed screens, pool shades, window covers for mobile homes, RV Skirting, pouches, pockets, and more!

Materials: The materials that we make them out of are durable, tear-resistant, and come with a 5-10 year warranty depending on your choice. You'll find that this a better guarantee than many other manufacturer's of RV awning shades, drapes, & solar blockers. Material choices include Protex 85% and Suntex 90%.

Enjoy the outdoors, save money, and buy quality with Sunpro brand shade & cover products from Sunpro Mfg!

(And by the way . . . if you haven't noticed already . . . you can get them right here at Arizona RV Parts Center's online store or by calling us directly at 800-789-5588
.)