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Old 10-05-2010, 10:38 AM   #1
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Rock guard & Zip Dee awning parts, availability/costs?

We are looking at purchasing a '70 tradewind that is pretty original. There is no rock guard but it has the arms and outer frame. Is it possible to purchase just the replacement plexiglass? We have found a complete replacement at $495, hoping to reduce that cost!
This also has a awning and arms but does not have the clam shell that covers the awning. We have priced a Zipdee replacement at $1,200 for roller, awning material, clam shell and springs. Anyone out there now if you can just purchase a Zipdee clam shell?
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Old 10-05-2010, 10:51 AM   #2
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Check Craigslist under Columbus OH - there is a guy from a closed RV dealership selling the awning and housing - various sizes - for under $500 if I recall correctly.
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Old 10-05-2010, 12:04 PM   #3
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We are looking at purchasing a '70 tradewind that is pretty original. There is no rock guard but it has the arms and outer frame. Is it possible to purchase just the replacement plexiglass? We have found a complete replacement at $495, hoping to reduce that cost!
This also has a awning and arms but does not have the clam shell that covers the awning. We have priced a Zipdee replacement at $1,200 for roller, awning material, clam shell and springs. Anyone out there now if you can just purchase a Zipdee clam shell?
The original clear 1970 rockguard was junk when it was first install.

All to many times, the plastic crack and flew off when traveling.

Replace it with a current style, is the best answer.

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Old 10-11-2010, 05:43 PM   #4
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Smile Rockguard

Welcome to the forum. I agree with Andy. The replacement is much more durable. Look at the avitar of my Caravel to see what it looks like.
At one time I think I remember one of the vintage club members discussing maybe making a vacuum mold to do a replacement in polycarbonate; but since the softing temperature for this plastic is so high it would likely have to be aluminum; a pricey undertaking. I had an adapter machined out of 5000 series aluminum to my design for a classy fit.
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