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If you are traveling frequently with a pop up camper then you know that replacing the canvas is part of the maintenance of the camper.

Replacing the canvas on a pop up camper is part of the maintenance of the camper and it is important to do it properly so you do not risk damaging the camper or the new canvas that is being installed.

Replacing a canvas on your pop up camper is not an easy task and can be time consuming. To replace the canvas you will need to create or purchase a new canvas, remove the old canvas and inspect the frame, install the new canvas, and then reattach the frame back to the camper.

Maintaining the canvas on your camper is a critical part of properly caring for your camper. If the canvas is not cared for and replaced when necessary, it can lead to problems including mold and the canvas not keeping water out.

The information provided in this guide has been reviewed and tested by industry experts and ensures that you have the proper information for caring for and replacing the canvas on your pop up camper.

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Why Should You Replace The Canvas?

If you have owned your camper for a long period of time or you purchased a used camper, you might start noticing the canvas wearing down or tearing in some areas. These are indications that the canvas may be close to replacement.  It is important to wipe down the canvas and let it completely dry out after each use. This will help to prevent any growth of mold which can lead to replacement being necessary.

As you use your camper more frequently, you may start noticing stitching coming loose or small tears happening. Having this repaired or purchasing a repair kit to repair it yourself is critical to do in a timely manner in order to avoid larger tears or damage occurring.

The canvas on your pop up camper may also incur damage if the camper is not stored properly. When the canvas is out in the sun, it can lead to UV damage which can cause the need for replacement. It is always best to store your camper inside if possible or at minimum with a cover on top in order to prevent UV damage.

How Long Does The Canvas Last On A Pop Up Camper?

The canvas on a pop up camper can last for many years and some people will not need to replace the canvas for anywhere from 10-20 years. How long the canvas will last is very dependent upon how well it is cared for.

In order for the canvas to last as long as possible, it is imperative to clean and inspect the canvas after each use, make small repairs as necessary, and store the camper in an environment without excess moisture and heat.

How To Replace The Canvas On A Pop Up Camper

Replacing the canvas on a pop up camper can be a time and labor intensive job, but it can be done from hard. It is not an easy task, however it can save you quite a bit of money to complete it at home.

1. Prepare New Canvas

Before you begin the process, it is important to have your new canvas ready to be installed. If you are doing the process yourself, you can either cut and sew the canvas yourself or there are companies that sell kits to replace the canvas on your camper.

Buying a pre-made kit will be the easiest option as trying to cut and sew the canvas properly will require an industrial grade sewing machine and be extremely time consuming.

2. Remove Old Canvas From Frame

Once you have your new canvas ready to be installed, you can remove the old canvas from the frame. Depending on the model of camper, you may have to remove zippers, snaps, or potentially cut the fabric away from the frame if it is sewn on there.

3. Inspect The Frame For Damages

Once you have removed the old canvas from the frame, then you will want to inspect the frame for any potential damage. The canvas may hide damage that has occurred to the frame so this is a good time to check for dents, rust, or any bends in the frame that may need to be repaired.

4. Install New Canvas

You will now need to install the new canvas onto the frame. The first step is to pull the canvas over the frame and then secure it. If there are zippers or buttons you will use those or if you plan to sew the canvas to the new frame then you will begin that process at this point.

5. Reattach The Frame

Once you install the new canvas on the frame then you can attach the frame back onto your camper. At this point, the process will be complete and your canvas should be successfully replaced.

DIY vs. Professional Replacement

It can be hard and time consuming to replace the canvas on your pop up camper so some people might wonder what the differences will be between DIY and having a professional complete the replacement.

A professional will be able to complete the process the same day and it could potentially take you a few days to complete from start to finish. However, by completing the replacement at home it could save you upwards of $1,000. DIY replacement can cost anywhere from $200-$500, whereas having a professional replace the canvas can be costly and range from $900-$1,500.

How to Clean Pop Up Camper Canvas

Regular Clean

If you are simply needing to just wipe down the canvas on your pop up camper, you can fill a bucket with water and add one to two capfuls of Woolite. Use a soft rag to clean the canvas on the pop up camper. After you have gotten them clean, you can then use a clean rag or sponge to rinse the soap off of the canvas. If you cannot get all of the soap off, you can use a garden hose to complete the rinse. Let the canvas completely dry out before putting the camper away for storage in order to ensure there is no remaining moisture left on the canvas.

Mildew Removal

However, if you have a small amount of mildew that you are wanting to remove, then vinegar will be the best solution. Mix two parts water with one part vinegar and use a scrub brush to remove the mildew.  If you would rather use a pre-made mildew remover, that is okay to use as well and can be easy to spray on and scrub or wipe the mildew off.

Waterproofing

Waterproofing the canvas on your pop up camper is a critical part of the maintenance of your camper. If you are constantly cleaning the canvas, you run the risk of removing the waterproofing layer. This can lead to moisture getting into the camper, which can not only cause mold or mildew but can also damage other parts of the camper.

If you are camping frequently and cleaning your canvas after each trip, it is a good idea to waterproof your camper twice per year at minimum. You will need a good waterproofing spray and it can be sprayed directly onto the canvas. When waterproofing, you will want to avoid spraying anything onto the vinyl or other areas on the canvas. To avoid this happening, you can tape off those areas with duct tape, spray the waterproofing product, and remove the duct tape when complete.