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Awning install on 2014 23D International

Posted 09-16-2018 at 09:17 PM by GMFL

Here is my Write Up / Unofficial Guide to installing a Zip Dee Streetside and Rear awning on my 2014 Airstream 23D.
First I ordered the awning straight from Zip Dee. Jimmy in customer service was awesome to work with. He asked for the year and length on my trailer. From that information he knew the awning lengths (13' 5 1/4" and 47") color (charcoal tweed) and mounting hardware.
Cost of the awnings was ($892.00 for the street side and $308.00 for the rear) $1200.00 plus $286.00 freight
Awnings shipped eight days after I ordered them and arrived to days later to my home.
This job took a total of 5 hours and 45 minutes to install both awnings and you'll need one person to help you. On a difficulty scale of 1 to 10 I would give this job a 6. This job does not require any major technical skills just the ability to measure accurately and the courage to drill holes in the side of your Airstream. All mounting hardware was included in the kit and all that was needed to complete the job was:

Tape measure and 16' flexible ruler (for fine measuring)
(2) ladders
5/32 inch drill bit
13/64 drill bit
(2) 7/16 inch wrenches
(2) tubes of Sikaflex 221 caulk
painters tape or stucco tape
pop rivet gun ( I have an Alcoa pneumatic rivet gun) which made this job a lot easier than using a manual pop rivet gun.

The awnings arrived into large cardboard tubes

First step was to lay out the awning rail using the measurements provided in the installation instructions. From the top of the window you will establish a mark on each end and the middle of the trailer. I chose to use tape to hold the awning rail in place so that it would lift up like a hinge for cleaning debris out after drilling. Use a piece of tape on the bottom to secure while drilling holes. This would allow me to layout mark and drill all the holes then remove the bottom tape, lift up the awning rail sweep and duster any drill shavings and apply bead of caulk under the rail before I pop riveted in place.
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