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Old 08-19-2013, 08:34 AM   #15
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Also ZD makes some inexpensive handles that will help tremendously.
Ditto, tremendously.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:54 AM   #16
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I recently had to replace the roller tube on my Zip - Dee....I left it up in the rain - major bonehead manuver,I did most of the work myself. And I have to concur with Andy, Linda at Zip Dee was extremely helpful. The you tube video posted above was an eye opener.

There is now a motor that can be retrofit on any Zip Dee awning that automates the process. Assuring that the arms are properly lubricated - with Silicone only according to Zip Dee - is crucial to ease of use of these things, the claws on the rafter arms attach to the top of my roller tube, and I have had no issue with breakage.
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Old 08-19-2013, 08:55 AM   #17
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The mechanical portion of my Awning is probably 30 years old...
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Old 08-19-2013, 09:01 AM   #18
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I recently had to replace the roller tube on my Zip - Dee....I left it up in the rain - major bonehead manuver,I did most of the work myself. And I have to concur with Andy, Linda at Zip Dee was extremely helpful. The you tube video posted above was an eye opener.

There is now a motor that can be retrofit on any Zip Dee awning that automates the process. Assuring that the arms are properly lubricated - with Silicone only according to Zip Dee - is crucial to ease of use of these things, the claws on the rafter arms attach to the top of my roller tube, and I have had no issue with breakage.
I was told by Zip Dee that they not have a retrofit kit for my motorhome awning since it is a 1984.
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Old 08-19-2013, 12:42 PM   #19
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I recently had to replace the roller tube on my Zip - Dee....I left it up in the rain - major bonehead manuver,I did most of the work myself. And I have to concur with Andy, Linda at Zip Dee was extremely helpful. The you tube video posted above was an eye opener.

There is now a motor that can be retrofit on any Zip Dee awning that automates the process. Assuring that the arms are properly lubricated - with Silicone only according to Zip Dee - is crucial to ease of use of these things, the claws on the rafter arms attach to the top of my roller tube, and I have had no issue with breakage.
Ah yes, the school of hard knocks is still in businees.

Extending your awning out to be parallel with the roof, is fine, "IF" you will be at or near the trailer.

If your going to leave for a while, the drop the rear support arm, so that the awning has a good "TILT" to in as it goes rearward.

Or, to play it real safe, check with the weather bureau to see if any storms are forcasted for your area.

If so, then return the awning to it's travel position, before you leave.

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Old 08-19-2013, 12:44 PM   #20
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I, too, like the look of "deployed awnings." For sure, I'm not prone to leave the trailer if there's any possibility of major wind. Using them, though, is definitely a learning experience. Like the optional rear and awning with the two aluminum support rods. If you aren't very careful it's easy to miss the small bracket the support rod fits into. If you miss it, you have now get some permanent dents in your trailer. I guess people will know I at least have used them!
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Old 08-19-2013, 01:53 PM   #21
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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.
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Old 08-19-2013, 02:36 PM   #22
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Use the video to learn the correct (easy) sequence. Basically unlatch and pull the awning out, hook on the support arms, and push and lock the upper extension arms one side at a time (keep a hand on the roller so it doesn't roll back). Then push up the roller to the desired height while holding out the release knob, on side at a time (you may need a step stool if you're short). Taking down is the opposite. Pretty easy.

One feature I really like about the new power option is the ability to stop it's deployment at any position.

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