Camper/rv awnings are expensive and protecting them to make them last is a must. here is a very inexpensive way to create your own protective awning cover to keep the awning from breaking down prematurely.
before the awning is exposed to rain and sun, which will break it down fast.
You can also use pvc:
or you can use a section of household gutter.
It really takes about 25 minutes from start to finish and will protect your expensive awning for years!