View Poll Results: Vintage awning type?
Vintage style 29 49.15%
Zip Dee style 25 42.37%
None 5 8.47%
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Old 07-13-2010, 09:15 AM   #15
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One more reason for selecting a ZipDee awning...

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After seeing the poll results I feel like I loose...

The kids ride their bikes right thru it usually, and I have only walked into the support ropes once. . . .
I'll stick to my ZipDee awning for that particular reason...
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Old 07-13-2010, 10:00 AM   #16
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We installed a Zip Dee on the '61 Overlander and the '66 Tradewind came with a vintage style awning.
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We have vintage style awnings on both our trailers. Rope & pole (new) on our 1964 and framed (true vintage (old) & ropeless) on our 1956. I LOVE the look of both vintage awnings and think the ZipDees just ruin the clean-lined, unadorned look of the trailers when the awning is not deployed. We dislike rooftop A/Cs for the same reason.

The Rope/Pole awning is easier to set-up & take down I can do it by myself. The Framed awning takes two people. Both are very sturdy in the wind/rain - but we take them down in inclimate weather (especially at night) because the whole trailer shakes.

BTW, the Rope/Pole awning can be used on either trailer - at International we took both and displayed the "true vintage" one during Open House, but used the Rope/Pole on the other days. With the ability of changing between the two - we can change the look of the trailer on a whim...can't do that with a ZipDee!

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I think, for my Cruiser 1954 ZipDees is one "not go"...
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Old 07-13-2010, 11:15 AM   #19
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After seeing the poll results I feel like I loose. . . .

It does feel more open to me. Meaning you can walk right into it without having to go around any arms protruding from the trailer. The kids ride their bikes right thru it usually, and I have only walked into the support ropes once. . . .
Many of us with Zip-Dee or that type awning have a small plate which we stake to the ground, then detach the awning arm from the trailer and attach it to the plate. This leaves the space open just like a "Vintage" type awning, but there are no support ropes. The bolt which normally attaches the arm to the is replace with a 1/4 inch diameter pin which is also used to attach the arm to the plate on the ground.
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Here is a photo of our Caravel with the Carefree awning arms extended to the ground.
With the Carefree it was necessary to make stand off supports to keep the awning from winding back up to the coach. Not necessary with the Zip-Dee.
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Old 07-13-2010, 12:26 PM   #21
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check this thread out. We have a vintage pole awning that is tensioned with no guy wires and works wonderfully. There are pictures of it in this thread along with our Avitar. There is also a link to a place that can reproduce them. The tensioning and a few stakes in the ground make it very stable in the wind. Also you can lower one side in the rain and the water runs off. We couldn't believe our luck about 6 years ago getting it for free at a garage sale! It took 2 years to get up enough nerve to drill the holes to install the track on the Caravel.
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I found a photo of the plates I made for the Zip-Dee awning on our Excella. I made them from some scrap aluminum channel I had in the garage. I use two tent stakes to nail to the ground. The ones with the green plastic thingy. They are available many places.
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I bought a Zip Dee Awning for our '72 Sovereign with matching Zip Dee chairs. Love the look and ease of use. It really looks good on a vintage 70s Airstream.

However, with the '58 Overlander, we decided to go vintage. Yesterday we ordered a red and white candy striped awning from Marti's Vintage Trailer Awnings. Only $300 (includes shipping) for a 15' awning made of Sunbrella fabric with a storage bag.

Here's her website (you can also find her on EBAY): http://trailerawning.blogspot.com/
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I also had Marti make me window awnings, which just snap onto the windows. You will see this in old rally photos and on a few vintage rigs out there. The window awnings make a huge difference in keeping the trailer cool.
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Hello,
I really like your awnings . How do they stay up?I have a regular roll up awning on the curb side but I would like to use something like yours for my back and street side window. I don't like the look of the roll ups.
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I found a photo of the plates I made for the Zip-Dee awning on our Excella. I made them from some scrap aluminum channel I had in the garage. I use two tent stakes to nail to the ground. The ones with the green plastic thingy. They are available many places.
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Great idea! I now know what I'm going to do next week. Thanks for sharing....Tim
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Great idea! I now know what I'm going to do next week. Thanks for sharing....Tim
The pins that you see in the photo are used to hold the arms to the coach as well as to the plates on the ground. Double duty.

Very simple, and works very well. (One day I will use some thinner and remove the lettering. Kinda tacky.)
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My awning.

I've used a couple awnings with my Overlander. This one is the vintage awning I got on Awnings. I'm sorry, this is the only picture I could find of it, but it's rolled up.
This Airstream has lasted me some great times and situations.
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Well lets see... I just purchased our AS and it has a vintage on the curbside and zip dees on the street side. So the time to put out the vintage was about 10 minutes and that was our time. The breeze came up some and then the rain came up. I did lower the frt corner pole then the 3rd pole to control the pooling of water and I was very pleased with it. I really liked the look of the Zip Dees all around but I really like the way the vintage awning worked and i like the peace of mind that a random gust of wind will not set my awning up over the top of my AS. Maybe time will be different but with my wife and I full timing it the awning will be out for a few days at a time.

So I vote vintage...
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