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Old 08-18-2013, 02:43 PM   #1
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Zip dee awning

Is it just us, or should would think about replacing our zip-dee awning with one that's easier to put up and take down. We have a 2007 classic 30' and it's only our 4th time using the trailer and we already dread dealing with the awning. It looks nice once it's up.
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:53 PM   #2
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Is it just us, or should would think about replacing our zip-dee awning with one that's easier to put up and take down. We have a 2007 classic 30' and it's only our 4th time using the trailer and we already dread dealing with the awning. It looks nice once it's up.
Perhaps your doing it wrong.

One person can extend the awning, have the support arms in place and have the center support in place as well, in about 3 to 4 minutes.

Call Zip Dee at 800-3382378 and ask for Linda.

Ask her for the step by step instructions.

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Old 08-18-2013, 02:56 PM   #3
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We completely understand what you are talking about. We took our trailer to a private spot and practiced until we got it. Gloria holds the strap and I work with the arms. I don't think she could pull the arms up because it is so heavy.

We understand that the 2014 has an electric awning and that the dealer has one on the show room floor. We talked to the dealer about replacing it with the new electric zip dee but the retro kit has not come in yet. They said something about it would cost around 3k. That is a lot of money but it might be worth it.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:47 PM   #4
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They are a bit fiddly but easy once you get the hang of it.
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Old 08-18-2013, 03:52 PM   #5
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They are really not that much trouble if nothing is bent and one has the hang of it.

Easier than any other brand to me.

Search for operating zipdee awning on YouTube. The factory has a video there about how to do it. I'd post the link but I am on a tablet.

If the main arms are difficult to pull out of the tubes, try silicon spray lube, if that doesn't help they may be bent. They are easily replaced or straightened.


I do my alone in about 3 minutes.


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Old 08-18-2013, 04:18 PM   #6
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Here is an excellent video on how to set them up and take them down.

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Also ZD makes some inexpensive handles that will help tremendously.
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Old 08-18-2013, 06:51 PM   #8
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Also when pulling out patio awning , roll pull strap up it will keep awning deployed, then can proceed to set up awning all by yourself, handles makes job much easier. I have ruptered bicep rt. arm also rotator cuff rt. shoulder comp. destroyed. I do not have any prob. deploying awning. Much easier than carefree that took 2 persons to deploy. Bill
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:20 PM   #9
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There is an apparent love affair with many owners and the ZipDee. I am NOT one of them. (We just had a back and forth on the claw fitting that is made of pot metal and breaks....for some of us, fairly often.) One guy posted that he always has two spares with him. Others will say, it's designed that way so you break the claw instead of something more expensive. I say, "hogwash!" I've broken two of these (actually my son broke one). We are not stupid and not mechanically savvy either. Putting the awning up takes a series of very specific choreographed steps that are done in a specific sequence. I believe it also takes a fair degree of upper body strength to "spear" the arm and catch the right pawl and LIFT the awning into a position high enough to clear the door. If you have heavy coin you can buy their new electric version...it's somewhere around $3,000.
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Old 08-18-2013, 07:28 PM   #10
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I usually put the awning out solo on the 75 sovereign. I agree that practicing is a really good idea...we keep the arms lubed with silicone spray just as JD suggests. It is an expensive replacement...
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Old 08-18-2013, 08:47 PM   #11
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The Zip Dee awning is easier to put up than the other brands once you are used to it- less steps.
Mine was easier this trip. It may just getting a little easier because of use. Maybe it was a little stiffer when new. I put the center support in first to hold it out then extend the arms and raise it up until the door clears.
The parts all seem to be lining better now. Maybe they are sort of settling in. The little clamp wheels and travel hooks seem to be easier to do. Maybe I have adapted to the routine.
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The ZipDee is a piece of cake if you do it right. Mike posted a deployment video above, and here is another video for some good tips. I've been setting up my 20' awning for 7 years and still learned some good ideas from these videos. How to Setup and Take Down Your Awning - YouTube
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:41 AM   #13
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The claws were broken when we took delivery of our trailer. They had been broken by someone at the dealership who didn't know how or wasn't paying attention.
I know they are brittle cast metal so I am Extremely tender and careful with them and make sure they hook exactly where they are supposed to hook.
I have seen people with the claws hooked in the wrong place.
I am concerned that high winds while the awning is "deployed" could break the claws. I never have the awning out in the wind.
The road side awnings are easier to "deploy" and the back awning is really easy to "deploy".
The front window cover is also easy to "deploy".
Sometimes I put out all but the "big top".
Sometimes I put the "big top" out during the day, but put it in at night because I don't want dew to fall on it.
The trailer is beautiful when all "unfurled".
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Old 08-19-2013, 07:23 AM   #14
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The only awning you are going to find that is "easier" to deploy is the fully automated ones that extend and retract with the touch of a button. Yes, they are pricey.

Another option might be to remove your Zipdee altogether and get hold of a "vintage" rope and pole awning (I think VTS sells them). If you can set up a badminton net, you can set up one of these, but you have to store the poles and awnings, and you will typically need two people to set it up.

I have an old A&E awning, and it looks like it deploys effectively the same as the Zipdee. I don't have any problem putting it up by myself, but my wife would be very reluctant to try it by herself.
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