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Old 09-16-2012, 09:52 AM   #29
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Peter,

I'd like to say I did everything right when I was taking the awning off but I wasn't thinking (tired actually) and I pulled the left arm off and the spring totally unwound. I'm assuming it is possible to rewind the spring. If you have information on how to assemble the zip dee awnings I'd sure like to hear about it

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Just was wondering how you got the torsion released. Your "way" was probably the safest way to do it, short off opening the awning and slowing rotating the torsion arm. It is something to be very vigilant about, since doing it the wrong way can really hurt you. And yes, you will be able to rewind it after you reinstall it.

Here is some info about this topic:
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Brad,
The pixs give us all a great advantage if we need to trace a bunch of wires, etc. Great info!
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Old 09-17-2012, 08:02 AM   #32
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Just was wondering how you got the torsion released. Your "way" was probably the safest way to do it, short off opening the awning and slowing rotating the torsion arm. It is something to be very vigilant about, since doing it the wrong way can really hurt you. And yes, you will be able to rewind it after you reinstall it.

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Peter,

Thanks for the link! Just the information I was looking for. I also found these posts on airforums.

shortening-a-zip-dee-awning

shortening-a-zip-dee

I'm hoping to try the installation sometime in October.

Thanks!

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Old 09-19-2012, 06:51 PM   #33
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Now the pictures are really starting to get graphic

I finally started removing the outer shell this evening. Along the way I realized I had pictures of three potential models of the 345 that no one has probably seen before.

Here we have the short bed pickup version of the 345. Good for hauling small things or you could make the back into a hot tub

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Next we have the full sized bed pickup version of the 345. You could haul a lot of stuff in the back of this thing

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Last but not least we have the convertible model of the 345. I don't think it would handle as well as my Triumph TR4 but I'm sure it would get a lot of looks going down the highway

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This coming weekend I plan on removing the rest of the walls and hope to have the engine and transmission out as well. I'll try and get pictures of the engine removal process so you can see what is involved.

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345 El Camino...
And did you say you are doing all this by yourself ???
Did you just cut the aluminum frames as you went along?
If you can, try to save the curved frames above the windshields. They are a priceless item...
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Old 09-19-2012, 07:07 PM   #35
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345 El Camino...
And did you say you are doing all this by yourself ???
Did you just cut the aluminum frames as you went along?
If you can, try to save the curved frames above the windshields. They are a priceless item...
That would be a good model name

Other than my wife removing some of the trim bits and misc small items I've pretty much dismantled the whole thing myself. I used a sawzall and cut the top into sections and then cut down the sides and across. That way it sort of came off in sections. Only used my front end loader to lift the back section off, the rest are light enough to just lift off by myself.

One of the reasons I stopped where I did was so I could try and figure out how to remove that front frame work in one piece. The front section that runs across the engine compartment was busted up in the wreck but the upper frame work is intact. I figure if someone busts up the upper front of the their motorhome this might make a good repair section.

The tricky part will be finding some place to store it for the long haul.

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Old 09-19-2012, 07:26 PM   #36
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Ahoy, Brad,

This is all above my pay grade but I camped next to Smartstream at the VAC rally in Wenatchee in August, and had my own Carefree awning problem. Dan (Smartstream) is really knowledgeable about cutting down awnings, having done it at least once, maybe twice! He was helpful to me and knows waaay more than I do and has a beautiful 280 to boot!

You might PM him about cutting the awning.

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Old 09-21-2012, 05:55 PM   #37
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Dave,

Thanks for the info. I'll get with Smartstream when I get ready to cut the awning. That probably won't happen until I finish disposing of the 345.

One project at a time...

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For those of you who didn't know, there was also a 345 Flat Bed model. Fortunately not to many of them were made, possibly just one...

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Next is removal of the engine and transmission. Turns out both the engine and transmission are Mr Goodwrench replacement units. It would be nice to know how many miles are on them but I don't know of any way to find out.

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The engine ID number could give you at least a date of manufacture?
I wish you many happy years at your current home, imagine what a move would be like.
I am glad to have witnessed your massive untertaking first hand, because I wouldn't believe it otherwise...
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These are some pretty hard-core graphic pictures Brad!!
Did you get any shots of the insides as they became outsides?




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Next is removal of the engine and transmission. Turns out both the engine and transmission are Mr Goodwrench replacement units. It would be nice to know how many miles are on them but I don't know of any way to find out.

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Old 09-24-2012, 07:22 PM   #41
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These are some pretty hard-core graphic pictures Brad!!
Did you get any shots of the insides as they became outsides?
Hope I'm not scaring too many people

I've taken a lot of pictures, way to many to post here on the forum. Is there an area you're interested in? I might have a picture available.

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The engine ID number could give you at least a date of manufacture?
I wish you many happy years at your current home, imagine what a move would be like.
I am glad to have witnessed your massive untertaking first hand, because I wouldn't believe it otherwise...
Peter, there is a metal id tag on the side of the block that has a date stamped in it. I just haven't been able to make it out and I keep forgetting to take my magnifying glass down to the shop. Soon I hope!

Moving really sucks. Back in 2008/2009 when we moved from Arkansas to Kentucky for job transfers the moving company moved our household goods and part of the stuff we had in the garage. It took me another 10 months and more than 24 trips with 24' and 18' trailers to finish moving the garage and all of my shop. I put over 24,000 miles on the truck (and me) during that time period just in moving. Drive to Arkansas Thursday after work, get there at 2 am, start loading Friday morning and then getting up at 4 am Saturday morning and drive back to Kentucky. Two weeks later do a repeat. I don't EVER want to make a move like that again

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