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Old 01-14-2015, 11:17 AM   #15
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WD40 is *not* a lubricant. It's a penetrant that displaces water. It was developed by chemical engineers looking for a way to drive moisture out of electrical contacts. They tried 40 different compounds before they got one that worked. Hence the name: "W"ater "D"isplacement, "40"th attempt!

I stopped using WD40 when I was sailing, because the stuff stains gelcoat so badly. Switched to LPS products. Highly recommended. They make 3 grades; LPS1 is a dry lube, LPS2 is a good multi-purpose aerosol, and LPS3 is sticky chain lube. Great products.

http://www.amazon.com/Lps-No-1-Greas.../dp/B000SKZI72
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Old 01-16-2015, 12:01 AM   #16
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We have ZDs all the way around on two units. Had the final awning installed on the rear of the 34'er just before going to TX for 10 mos, and it was a life-saver--well, AC-saver, anyway. The awnings all around kept the interior much cooler; also helped keep rain out and allowed the windows to be kept wide open, especially on the street side.

I admit the big awning with the center support is a pain to put up and down, but I learned to do it since my husband was gone all day at work and I didn't want to have the extra sun/heat from keeping it furled all day. So even us females can do it, and while not a shorty, I am older and not as strong as I used to be.

You have to be careful what you leave under the path of a falling center support: ours popped out during some wind gusts and as it fell, tore a hole in the seat of a ZD chair that was in just the wrong place. That was an expensive mistake.

Those lift handles look like they're worth a try....

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Old 01-16-2015, 07:30 AM   #17
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WD40 not a lubricant?

Ummmm

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Old 01-16-2015, 08:03 AM   #18
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It does say it's a lubricant on the list of uses on the can. Go figure. Sal
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Old 01-16-2015, 08:15 AM   #19
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From the WD-40 web site,
Myth: WD-40 Multi-Use Product is not really a lubricant.

Fact: While the W-D in WD-40 stands for Water Displacement, WD-40 Multi-Use Product is a unique, special blend of lubricants. The products formulation also contains anti-corrosion agents and ingredients for penetration, water displacement and soil removal.
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Old 01-16-2015, 08:49 AM   #20
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You have to be careful what you leave under the path of a falling center support: ours popped out during some wind gusts and as it fell, tore a hole in the seat of a ZD chair that was in just the wrong place. That was an expensive mistake.

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I'd rather my center support had hit and damaged a chair rather than slamming against the side of my AS. I see many new AS without the center support. I guess its optional and maybe it helps in windier conditions. Most of the time I don't deploy it. Seems more trouble than its worth.

Putting a chair in the way may be a good preventative action to more scratches when deploying the center support.

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Old 01-16-2015, 09:35 AM   #21
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The most annoying Zip-Dee concern I had was how it was installed.

The rear support arm was not plumb causing the awning to roll up like a crooked window shade, the rear wheel could not be locked down.

Moved the lower mount forward to follow the rivet line all the way to the top.


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Old 01-16-2015, 09:53 AM   #22
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New AS owner, 2015 22 sport. Tell me more about electric awnings, plz.
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Old 01-16-2015, 01:43 PM   #23
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My center support fell against the side of the trailer once. All it did was mar the belt line trim in exactly the same spot along the belt line where it is stored for travel. It seems if I stretch the center support out tight and click it into place it does not fall.
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Old 01-16-2015, 02:17 PM   #24
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MAGIC FIX and cheap too.

Pool Noodles - Slide them over the rails - (be especially thorough with the center support and get it right down to the free end, if it falls and hits something it's cushioned!

Head bonking can probably be avoided due to the garish color of pink or lime green pool noodles.... and is much less painful when it happens (after dark only of course.)
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What she said...
The pool noodles on the awning arms can protect yo head...
I got a blue noodle specifically to match the Airstream blue.
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Pool Noodles - Slide them over the rails - (be especially thorough with the center support and get it right down to the free end, if it falls and hits something it's cushioned!

Head bonking can probably be avoided due to the garish color of pink or lime green pool noodles.... and is much less painful when it happens (after dark only of course.)
Woohoo! Great idea! I'll put a noodle on that pesky center support and at least it won't mar the side if it pops out again.

Thanks Foiled!

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Don't buy the handles.

Hi, I pushed and pulled on the awning arms and it was always difficult to deploy my awning. Until I saw a video showing that instead of pushing and pulling on the awning arms, try pushing on the awning roller. [it goes up so easy] Try this, and you won't need, or want, those awning handles.
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I saw that same video, and it made a HUGE difference--I can raise the awning a lot easier by pushing on the roller--but I wondered if the handles would give me a better angle to push and allow me to push the awning higher since the handles are mounted on the arms? What do you think?

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