In the course of stays at numerous camps over the years, I’ve seen quite a few dejected looking RVs with damaged or torn awnings. And yes, I judged the RV’s owner(s) for it.
Any RVer knows how important it is to care for their rig’s components. I mean, RV awnings are expensive investments!
So, if you’re on the hunt for the best RV awning repair tape, you’re already on the right track. Why let a small leak turn into a big problem, right?
Camco 42613 3” x 15’ Awning Repair Tape
5 out of 5
Gorilla Crystal Clear Duct Tape
5 out of 5
Better Boat Fabric Repair Tape
4.5 out of 5
XFasten RV Awning Repair Tape
4.5 out of 5
Incom Manufacturing RE3848 3” X 15’ Awning Repair Tape
4 out of 5
Below, I’ve rounded up 10 of the best tapes for DIY RV awning repair with keeping criteria such as adhesive quality, appearance, durability, and weather resistance in mind. Also, I’ve done my best to include options for repairs of all sizes. Let’s start.
10 Best RV Awning Repair Tape Reviews
Don’t let a little tear get the best of you. It’s much easier to repair than to purchase and replace. Choose a repair tape according to your needs below.
1. Camco 42613 3” x 15’ Awning Repair Tape
This highly rated awning repair tape from Camco is first on our list today. Reasonably priced yet one of the strongest tapes on our list, this is a great permanent solution for tears in your RV awning.
Equipped with an aggressive adhesive power, this repair tape is one that can be expected to hold its own. And, what’s more, this clear repair tape comes in two widths: 3 inches and 5 inches. So if you’ve got bigger tears to deal with, there’s a corresponding size for that!
It’s versatile too: you can use it to repair any canvas product, along with boat sails, rain apparel, and even pop-up campers. It’s also tear-resistant, which is another important marker of a tape worth buying.
The only drawback is that, while this tape is mainly weather resistant, it’s still prone to UV damage. This means that if your awning spends a lot of time in the sun, you might, regrettably, start to notice that the tape is yellowing.
- Available in 2 different sizes for multiple uses
- Versatile; can be used to repair tents, rain wear, boat sails, etc
- Resistant to tearing and impact
- One of the most reasonably priced tapes
- Not resistant to UV rays
When it comes to repair tapes, spending too little is usually a bad idea. After all, the price typically reflects the quality. That’s not the case with this offering from Camco, who have truly created a durable and dependable tape. That said, the lack of UV resistance might understandably be a deal-breaker for a lot of you.
2. Gorilla Crystal Clear Duct Tape
No matter who you are, we bet you regularly purchase or have purchased Gorilla tape in the past. Recognized mainly for their super-strength duct tape, Gorilla is a brand that has nearly perfected adhesives. So it’s no surprise that the Crystal Clear 2.83” x 15 awning repair tape is so popular amongst RVers.
This all-purpose duct tape is the one-stop Gorilla tape for all of your problems, and we’re obviously not just talking about awnings. Offering heavy duty functionality and a weatherproof build, this Gorilla tape is tough and versatile.
You can expect this Gorilla tape to form an air tight and permanent bond on smooth and uneven surfaces alike, every time.
And yet, despite the undeniable strength of this Gorilla tape, it can be torn by hand and is easy to install. And it’s not just ease of use that makes this one of our favorite tapes on this list.
Its crystal clear color also makes it perfect for making repairs without ruining your RV aesthetic. And since it comes with UV inhibitors, you won’t have to worry about this Gorilla tape developing an ugly yellow color.
- Suitable for a wide range of applications
- Super strong Gorilla tape; heavy duty and durable
- Easy to peel and tear by hand
- UV resistant and weatherproof
- Comes with a waterproof backing
- Might not offer a long-term repairing solution
The high rating of this RV awning repair tape speaks for itself. This Gorilla tape is tough, durable, easily usable, and highly resistant to damaging external influences. It’s a little expensive, yes, but it’s easy to see why.
That said, proper application is very important with this Gorilla tape if you want it to protect your awning long-term—so remember to clean before you apply, whether it’s for small holes or big ones.
3. Better Boat Fabric Repair Tape
As anybody with a boat will tell you, upkeep of sails and other fabric-like components can be quite a task. Repairing rips and tears can be difficult, and it’s usually easier to just replace whatever’s broken.
But not with a tape like this. The Better Boat repair tape works wonders to create air tight seals and fix tears and unsurprisingly, it works quite well as an awning repair tape!
Why? Consider its waterproof build, which is a necessary part of its qualification as a marine upholstery tape. And on that note, you can also obviously expect resistance to UV rays. And thanks to its being a crystal clear, transparent color, you won’t have to worry about unsightly marks either.
But it’s not just boat sails and RV awnings that this tape is used to mend; its popularity can easily be attributed to its compatibility with a wide range of materials, such as vinyl and even leather. So from repairing pool covers to seat covers, this thing’s got you covered!
All that said, if you want a more permanent solution, you might want to check out other RV awning repair tapes which are more durable than this one.
- Tough and resistant to tearing
- Suitable for use with various materials
- Waterproof and weather resistant
- Perfect for emergency repairs
- Clear color helps to seal rips inconspicuously
- Low durability
Also, this is a pretty strong tape, it might not entirely be the most durable option. So we would recommend this for smaller rips and tears or for emergency repairs, but not necessarily for large holes. You’ll certainly come away with an appreciation for its hardiness and versatility. The low price tag also helps!
4. XFasten RV Awning Repair Tape
With a tough build and strong adhesive, this awning repair tape from XFasten is one of the most efficient we have come across during our research. But it’s not just its strength that makes this thing so popular in the RV community. Its versatility is what takes the cake.
Why do we say that? Well, this tape comes with an adhesive made from a combination of silicone and butyl, which allows the tape to be repositionable without the accompanying mess.
Yep, you read that right. Most other tapes create a permanent bond, meaning they can’t be removed after application. That is not so with this tape. No wonder the adhesive is patented!
And of course, with a tape as well thought out as this one, you can expect versatile usage out of it. So even if you need to fix up boat sails, fabric, or tarpaulin, you can depend on this tape. Not to mention, it’s resistant to punctures, stands up well to cleaning reagents.
- Tough yet super flexible tape
- Equipped with a super strong adhesive
- Can be repositioned cleanly, unlike other tapes
- Suitable for use with various materials
- Might be a little too thin for a permanent fix
The fact that this tape can be repositioned indeed makes it stand out in our eyes. It’s tough, durable, and not limited to mending awnings. Many claims that this is also a good dupe for the Crystal Clear Gorilla tape we reviewed earlier.
It’s worth noting, though, that this tape is thinner than others we’ve come across; as such, it might not be a good solution for repairing large holes. However, as it’s a roll with a length of 30 feet, you’ll get a long use out of it.
5. Incom Manufacturing RE3848 3” X 15’ Awning Repair Tape
This is a no-frills yet super efficient awning repair tape from Incom. Despite being one of the strongest, this is also a quite reasonably priced tape. It measures 3 inches in width and has a length of 15 feet. Here’s what we like about it.
To begin with, the adhesive on this tape is truly aggressive. And we mean that-- whether it’s for awning repair or for fixing sails, rainwear, canoes, apparels or even seat covers, we believe one roll of this tape will go a long way, and surprise you with the strong permanent bond it will create on your RV awning.
Most importantly, this 3” x 15’ awning repair tape comes with UV resistant properties, which makes it well suited to outdoor use. Not only does this equate to longer durability, but resistance to fading and breakdown as well.
That said, this tape might not stick well if applied on uneven surfaces, and the bond might not always be air tight. Pro tip: proper application is key for a good stick!
- Resistant to UV rays
- Crystal clear color allows for aesthetically pleasing patch
- Thick and aggressive adhesive for long-term use
- Can be used with a wide variety of materials
- Liable to breaking under too much pressure
Without a doubt, this is a standout tape. It’s thick, aggressively sticky and resistant to UV rays, plus its usage is not limited to RV awning repair.
However, since it’s somewhat prone to breakage under pressure, we would recommend fully extending your RV awning before using this to fix any holes on it. That way, there won’t be any unpleasant surprises!
6. 360Tronics Waterproof Butyl Tape
Constantly having to prevent leaks and make repairs in their awning is not something any RVer wants to keep doing. So we say, once you notice a rip in your awning, you should address it immediately.
And the right way to do this is to ensure that the tape you use is thick enough to produce a protective layer that will stand up to wear and tear for a long time.
And for that, you might need to spend a little more for repairing than you initially thought. Yes, this 360Tronics tape is one of the less affordable ones we’ve found during our search, but it has rarely failed to satisfy a user.
And it’s easy to see why. This tough and thick tape is made from butyl rubber and reinforced with an aluminum foil backing. What’s more, it’s entirely waterproof.
Not to mention, its resistance of temperatures up to as low as -40℃ and as high as 120℃ truly make it stand out. And given that it’s flexible too, it’s easy to use as well.
- Waterproof tape resists rainy weather easily
- Butyl rubber construction with aluminum backing
- Resistant to extreme temperatures
- Tough and tensile yet flexible
- Not UV resistant
Thick, hardy and long-enduring, this is a very dependable tape for fixing awning holes of all sizes. Its suitability to both indoor and outdoor applications also makes it suitable for a wide variety of tasks.
Although some people complain about the adhesion quality, the problem mainly lies with the manner of application. Remember, the trick is to have a perfectly clean surface, so you can install without hassle.
7. LLPT Aluminum Butyl Tape
Another aluminum based tape that is sought after by many RVers is this offering from LLPT. Available in a width of 2 inches and a total length of 16.5 feet, this tape is a prime choice if you want a permanent fix for small holes in your RV awning.
What makes this tape so popular is undoubtedly its hardiness. It’s strong enough that it can absorb shock, and it creates an air tight seal that you’ll be hard pressed to find in its alternatives. Despite all this, it’s super easy to install, and easily cover up any holes and rips.
Most impressively, this tape can be used for many more applications besides RV awning repair; it’s compatible with glass, concrete, wood, fiberglass, tight corners and un-coated materials, among many others. It will also stick well to uneven surfaces.
- Easy to install even on uneven surfaces
- Repairs a wide range of materials
- Great value for money in one roll
- Perfect for covering up small holes in RV awnings
- Butyl tape with an aluminum layer
- Not weather or UV resistant
Most people who have purchased this stuff will sing its praises before they make any criticisms. If you’ve decided to get this tape, you’ll also appreciate the high value for money.
It’s thick, will stick on almost any surface besides your RV awning, and can be installed with ultimate ease. If you love Gorilla tape, especially, you’ll love this tape. But do note that it lacks UV resistance.
8. Atack RV Awning Repair Tape
From Atack comes our next selection in RV awning repair options. This is a great choice if you typically take your RV through some serious weather conditions, because not only is it waterproof, it’s made to withstand high temperatures as well (from -16°C to 90°C).
What’s even more impressive is the puncture resistant surface of this tape. And although its thinness might make it seem weak, it actually makes application easier. Plus, the manufacturers promise superior durability when attached to your RV awning.
And yes, it’s UV resistant too. That’s one of the main markers of a tape worth using for RV awning, because what’s the point if it falls apart after some UV exposure? Not to mention, its transparent coloring also lets you enjoy repairs without worrying about it ruining the aesthetics of your RV awning.
- Totally weatherproof and UV resistant
- Transparent coloring blends into the surface
- Resistant to puncturing
- Super durable and strong
- Can withstand temperatures between -16°C to 90°C
- Might not create an airtight seal every time
If you’re a fan of the clear Gorilla tape we reviewed earlier, you will understand the appeal of this RV awning repair tape from Atack. It’s strong, long-lasting, and has an unassuming transparent color. That said, you might have to work extra hard to get an airtight seal with this tape.
9. Hakkax Super Waterproof Tape
While concluding my search for aluminum tapes, I decided that it would basically be a crime to leave out this offering from Hakkax. This tape is the ideal choice for patching up nearly anything on a semi-permanent to permanent basis.
Not only does it have a super hardy butyl adhesive with a reliable aluminum backing, it’s waterproof and UV resistant as well! This is thanks to the tape having multiple layers, including an anti-oxidation film. What’s more, it insulates heat and is resistant to corrosion as well.
As you can probably guess, this stuff is meant for truly heavy duty applications. From roof leaks and punctured plumbing pipes to rips in your air vents and cracks in your window, this tape promises to take care of it all. So imagine how efficient it will be when it comes to RV awning repair!
- Waterproof build with aluminum foil backing
- Suitable for repairs of many kinds
- Easy to peel and install
- Resists temperatures between -40°F and 248°F
- Comes with an ultra strong adhesive
- Tape might separate from the glue
When it comes to heavy duty tapes like this, the main trick is to ensure that the sticking surface has been properly cleaned and is primed for adhesion.
Otherwise, you might end up in an annoying situation where the adhesive remains, but the tape comes off. Other than this small setback, however, everything else about this tape is top-notch!
10. SUNLL Butyl Seal Tape
Your search for the right awning repair tape to purchase is coming to an end. If you decided to stay this long, thank you! You’ll love this final tape we have for your consideration.
Equipped with a strong butyl adhesive, this tape is supremely weather resistant. It can also stand up to chemical corrosion, UV rays, extreme temperatures, abrasion and oxidation, so it’s a great option if you’re looking to make heavy duty repairs.
Plus, since it’s available in 6 different dimensions, this tape can be used to cover up holes of many sizes.
The only drawback of this thing is that it’s not crystal clear, and neither is it black like the other tapes we’ve reviewed today. So if maintaining aesthetics is a concern for you, this might not be the right choice. However, given its superior versatility and ease of use, this is still one of the tapes most worth buying.
- Waterproof and weather resistant
- Can be used for various heavy duty applications
- Suitable for both indoor and outdoor use
- Works in temperatures between -40°F and 248°F
- Bright blue color is a poor aesthetic choice
This tape is extremely resistant and strong, and definitely worth buying if you want a permanent repair solution. A complaint of this tape seems to be that its adhesive does not work properly. Remember, the trick is to ensure that the surface is properly cleaned before you apply the tape.
Things to Consider Before Buying RV Awning Repair Tapes
Here’s what you need to keep in mind before you purchase a repair tape.
Consider the length and breadth of the hole or rip that you’re trying to cover up. Then match that against the tape you’re thinking of buying. Typically, for small holes, you won’t have to worry so much about getting the right size, but the same obviously cannot be said for larger holes.
Thankfully, most brands offer their tapes in a number of different sizes to fit varying needs.
One of the most crucial markers of a good repair tape is resistance to damaging weather influences. Just think about how much sun and air exposure your RV awning gets. A tape not equipped with weather resistance capabilities won’t be able to hold up in such situations.
Particularly if you tend to ride in extreme weather conditions, weather and temperature resistance in your repair tape should be at the top of your priorities. Also, while a permanent bond may be promised, it might not be applicable in rough weather conditions.
On that note, UV resistance is another very important factor in the making of a tape worth buying. Damaging UV rays not only impact the durability and lasting power of a tape, but its appearance too. UV rays cause cracking, drying, peeling and yellowing.
Awning repair tapes are mainly available in two colors: black and transparent. Certain brands make their tapes available in both colors, e.g. Gorilla tape. Now, it’s up to you which color is better suited to your needs.
However, beware of clear tape as it’s prone to yellowing when exposed to UV rays. So if you’re getting clear tape and are wary of aesthetics, search for one with UV resistance.
Ease of Use & Versatility
How easy is it to use the tape you’ve bought? Can it be torn by hand? Is it flexible enough to cover tears of larger sizes? Can it be used on rough or uneven surfaces?
And on that note, can it be used to mend rips and punctures in materials other than RV awnings, such as sail, canvas, tents, backpacks, tarpaulin, vinyl, and leather? You might not think this is an important feature, but the best repair tape is one that can do it all.
No tape should be purchased without accounting for the quality of its adhesive. While many brands will claim that their adhesive is “aggressive” and “tough,” you have to be wary of believing them.
Because it might be the most heavy duty glue in the world, and it might create a seemingly permanent bond, but if it falls apart when exposed to rain or sunshine as all RV canopies are likely to be, it’s not worth buying.
So look into water and weather resistance as well as a tough adhesive quality.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. What Causes Tears in RV Awning?
Answer: Poor construction quality, loose threads, exposure to sharp debris like twigs and rocks, extreme weather conditions. These are all possible culprits of tears in your RV awning.
2. When Should I Use an RV Awning Repair Tape?
Answer: If you notice a tear in your RV’s awning, you should fix it immediately. You should also look out for tiny holes that might not be noticeable at first glance. These mini surface holes are liable to widening into tears at highway speeds.
3. How to Use RV Awning Repair Tape?
Answer: Remove your RV awning. Identify the tears/rips/holes in the fabric. Then, clean the surface and let dry. Next, get someone to hold the edge of the awning forward to create a taut surface. This will make it easier to apply the tape without resistance.
This is a pretty good instructional video.
4. Is It Possible to Remove Awning Repair Tape?
Answer: It’s not recommended, because doing so might damage your awning further.
5. How Can I Prevent Further Rips in My RV Awning?
Answer: Create a small runoff surface on your RV awning to allow water to drain naturally. And remember to keep the awning rolled away during severe weather conditions, e.g. thunderstorms and hurricanes.
We hope you’ve decided, with the help of our reviews, which tape will you’ll install to patch up holes in your RV awning. The Gorilla tape is our favorite pick for the best RV awning repair tape, although we’re also partial to our Income selection.
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