RV Sunshade

The rv sunshade, hangs from the awning and is a great addition, especially if you are parked in the baking, hot sun. The problem is the price! They are really expensive. Save money, a LOT of money with this simple, DIY version. 


Age: Adult

Time scale: 2 out of 5

Difficulty: Easy


  • Tie up rectangle sun shade (called a coolaroo shade sail.  (Bought this one at Costco)
  • Soldering iron
  • 9, 1/4 inch Grommets and grommet tool (can buy in a set) also known as eyelets
  • Hammer
  • 9 Awning hooks
  • Pliers
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape 
  • two tent pegs

If you purchase the sun sail shade, you won't have much to do, to turn this into an RV sunshade. If you buy material from the fabric store, it will need seams, sewn around the edges. The actual shade sail was so reasonably priced, it was probably cheaper than making this right from scratch. It's also way easier!

Do it Yourself RV Sunshade

There are ropes on all four corners of the Coolaroo shade sail.
Determine which will be the top and cut these two ropes shorter. You will only need these top ropes, long enough to tie around the arms of the awning. You may want to wait to cut the ropes, until after you have attached the shade cloth to the awning, so you don't cut them too short. The length of rope required, will depend on the width of your awning. 

Leave the bottom ropes full length. You will need this extra length for securing the bottom of the shade cloth. (Use tent pegs to stake the ropes to the ground to angle the rv sunshade as much as you like.)


Along the top there should be a folded over seam. This is where the grommets will be added.

Measure the length of the shade cloth and divide so you will have the grommets start about an inch in from the sides and then evenly spaced, all the way across.


To install the grommets, you will first need to make holes. This sunscreen material is fabric that melts. It's Polypropelene, but it doesn't feel like plastic.

The perfect tool for making the holes is a soldering iron. Heat it up and push it through, centered along the seamed, top edge. The melted hole, will be the exact size needed for a 1/4 inch eyelet. Bonus... There is no fraying!


Place the eyelet with the popped up end, through the hole. Lay on a hard surface. Place the other piece of the eyelet on top. Use the eyelet tool, over top. Now, give it a smack with a hammer. The two pieces of the eyelet, should squish together.

Work your way across the entire top edge, until you have all the eyelets installed.


The top edge of the awning hooks are designed to slide into the groove in the awning roller. They should also come with the metal hooks.


Slip the metal hooks through each eyelet hole in the awning hook piece and squeeze the hook closed. This will not only keep them in place, it will also save time, when installing and removing the shade cloth.

Slide the awning hooks into the groove in the awning roller.


Now, slip the hooks through the grommets on the RV sunshade.

Slide the hooks across, so the material is hanging evenly. 


Tie the top ropes to the awning arms, to keep the cloth from sliding back and forth.

Attach the bottom ropes to a stake in the ground.

To remove, simply unhook the shade cloth from the hooks. Slide the awning hook pieces, out of the awning roller.

Warning: Do NOT leave the awning hooks in the awning, when you roll it up. This will damage your awning!

This easy, rv sunshade, works great to block the hot sun. The price was approximately $35.00 versus the $150.00 for an actual rv sunshade. That's quite a deal!

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