I haven't found it difficult to "unfurl" the rear awning and stick the support rods in place.
First, I get the rods from behind the bolts and let them dangle free.
Next, I pull the little awning out.
Then, I swing the little rods 360 degrees away from the trailer all the way around and let them come to rest in the support brackets. I ain't wantin' to get anywhere near the skin with a tensioned rod.
2013 Classic 30 Limited
2007 Silver Toyota Tundra Crew Max Limited 5.7 iForce
2006 Vivid Black Harley-Davidson Road King Classic
1999 Black Nissan Pathfinder LE
WBCCI #1811, Region 6, Unit 56