View Poll Results: What brand do you have?
Zip Dee 89 68.46%
A&E 11 8.46%
Old style with poles from catalog, please tell us about it. 5 3.85%
Carefree 10 7.69%
What awning? 15 11.54%
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Old 09-05-2005, 10:37 AM   #1
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Awning brand

What brand do you have on your trailer??
If I don't have an option that fits, let me know here.....
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Old 09-05-2005, 11:16 AM   #2
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What brand do you have on your trailer??
If I don't have an option that fits, let me know here.....
How about BROKEN?
Can we have that as an option?
Ours is purported to be a Zip Dee, of some description, although all I can be sure of, is it doesn't work.
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Old 09-05-2005, 11:21 AM   #3
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What awning?

I would like to get a Zip Dee, but the cost is a bit high. Can someone tell me about the A&E? What are the advantages / disadvantages between the two brands?
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Old 09-05-2005, 12:14 PM   #4
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Rivet Different years ... different awnings

My 1985 Sovereign has the original ZipDee.

My 1965 Safari has the original CareFree.

I have had the A&E's on my SOB motor home & personally am partial to the ZipDee's for the Airstreams.
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Old 09-05-2005, 12:16 PM   #5
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I just had my awning replaced on our 1971 Safari, it was made by Dometic. I didn't know they made awnings until I got one from my local RV repair shop. It cost about $900 including new hardware and installation.
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Old 09-05-2005, 01:15 PM   #6
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I just had my awning replaced on our 1971 Safari, it was made by Dometic. I didn't know they made awnings until I got one from my local RV repair shop. It cost about $900 including new hardware and installation.
That is the old A&E awning.
Also, I went out to the trailer, and it seems I was in error. I have a Care-Free like Norm's, but it is still broken...
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Old 09-05-2005, 01:55 PM   #7
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Mine is a CareFree, the trailer orginally had ZipDee's on it and some PO changed them out I will be putting ZipDee's back on it in the future.

azflycaster,
ZipDee stands behind their product! It is a very high quality product and you can buy replacement parts for units 15+ years old...try that with A&E or CareFree.

This is one of those cases where you really get what you pay for


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Old 09-07-2005, 09:50 PM   #8
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Talking Well, the slots are there....

... and we're looking forward to the day that we'll be able to utilize them. Of course, we also have to get all the attendant hardware.

Really want Zip Dee when we're ready, preferrably in aqua stripe. After all, we need to be color coordinated in this business.
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Another vote for ZipDee

I'm a fan of ZipDee as well, despite higher pricing.. Their awnings designed for Airstream, they're designed with better components and fabrics, and they stand behind with parts, replacement assistance and even instructions for use and maintenance on their web site... With screw-down retainers, odds of having unit deploy while driving on a highway are very slim.

There are almost 75 fabric patterns and colors available, not just the gray and blue stripey versions most common.. If you're serious, get a color sample booklet, and be amazed...

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Old 09-08-2005, 05:59 AM   #10
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A&E

We have an A&E on ours. I am impressed with the quality (and fit) of the hardware. The vinyl "fabric" is ok. But I suppose ZipDee is the true original Airstream awning.
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Old 09-08-2005, 08:34 AM   #11
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I have a dometic, however, it looks pretty sketchy to me and Im afraid to fool with it at this point....
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Old 09-08-2005, 08:59 AM   #12
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awingns fine

The material on my 18 year old curb side zip dee awning is in good shape, but the stitching is dry rotted and is beginning to break. Besides completly replacing the entire canvas, any suggestions to having the stitching repaired?
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Old 09-08-2005, 09:46 AM   #13
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Post Vintage zip dee hanging in there still!

Our zip dee awnings are doing fine, just one spot near the top we're watching. We wash ours with the rv awning wash, that's about all besides sweeping it after use. I'd love to hear stiching repair options too Ponz for the day we need to take care of ours.
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Old 09-09-2005, 08:10 AM   #14
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We still need to buy a toilet! The awning comes later. We will be buying a pole awning, want to keep the original look. I want Pacific Blue Fancy, the husband wants something less "Carny".
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