Welcome to the forum Jjboggs!
Originally Posted by Jjboggs
Hi I am new to the rv awning thing and have an older 1986 b class dodge with awning mounted on the side ....how in the heck do I operate it ....
Just guessing from the age of your rig, your awning is most likely deployed and retracted manually through the use of a crank.
Generally the crank is 4-5 feet long with a small shepherd's crook (hook) on the end that catches into a loop at one end if the awning. I allows you to crank the internal gear mechanism.
It could be you did not inherit the crank, but then again, maybe you just haven't found where it's stowed yet. Can you ask the former owner?