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Old 01-20-2015, 05:20 AM   #29

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I have found the handles are just as helpful when taking down the awning. Much easier releasing the locks. Silicone on the arms also makes up & down less stressful.
I always retract the center support first.


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Old 01-20-2015, 08:07 AM   #30
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I just watched the video and discovered that I have been doing it all wrong. Went out to the trailer and opened and closed it the correct way. Amazing how much easier it is.

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Old 01-23-2015, 10:51 PM   #31
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I too, hated to fool with the big and long clumsy Zip Dee. It was a real PITA, especially during an approaching thunderstorm. So, I bit the bullet and had the Mothership install an automatic kit. They use your awning, tube, and rail with all new hardware. Nothing shows as the electronics are all hidden in the front end kitchen counter cabinet. When my wife is walking up to the trailer during set up, I just say "Abra Kadbra", press the remote switch in my pocket to extend, and were are ready to sit under the awning. The first time I convinced her the awning deployed automatically as she approached the trailer door. She is an awning freak, so now I can keep Mama happy. Otherwise, when Mama ain't happy, nobody is happy. The Automatic awning can be positioned at any amount of extension, tilted for water run off, front or rear, or be retracted with a standard electric power tool in an emergency. I am already used to the larger thickness arms that hold the electric drive motors. It uses vey little DC because of the high geared system. If the arms get out of sync, just extend the awning out fully and redo what you wanted. This has not been a problem. So far we are pleased with the set up.
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Old 02-19-2015, 11:10 PM   #32
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Thanks. I'll look into getting a set. Should be standard equipment.

Absolutely! It can save you hand gashes on every use ... especially when tearing down.

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