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Old 04-28-2016, 11:45 AM   #57
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I operated my ZD the hard way for the first 6 months I had the trailer. Someone here graciously posted a link to Colonial Patrick's videos. What was pretty much a PITA became very easy and quick operation. Learned a few more tips and tricks from the ZD rep at the Florida State Rally. Biggest, lubricate, lubricate and keep lubricated.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:53 AM   #58
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Can someone post the link to this helpful instructional video? 😃


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Old 04-28-2016, 12:53 PM   #59
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https://www.airstream.com/setup-take-awning/
Here is a different video, which also shows the caravan position for the awning.


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Old 04-28-2016, 01:22 PM   #60
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Ditto what AWCHIEF said - especially about lubricate. If the parts don't slide, then the spring is strong enough to bend the arm.

Once I realized that (and re-bent the arm to match the front arm angle) I reinstalled and now clean and lubricate with spray silicone regularly.

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Old 04-28-2016, 01:31 PM   #61
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Very helpful video. Thanks!


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Old 04-28-2016, 01:45 PM   #62
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This Video is a lot better than the one by Zip Dee. It includes using the awning half way out, (caravan position) which I often do when raining to keep the doorway dry. I actually had to show a Zip Dee dealer how to do this. I call it the storm mode.

I would like to see a remake of this video done during a steady 20 mph wind.
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Old 04-28-2016, 01:51 PM   #63
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Been using ZD awnings for over 20 years without any problems. Following advice from factory reps as several rallys I clean and lubricate the moving parts with silicone spray every now and then. If it appears that the wind will be strong enough to need tie-downs I just roll the awning up.

Then again I sometimes swim up-stream. I put paper down the toilet and shut off the propane when travelling. I have never seen a paper-plugged toilet, or spoiled food after a days travel. But I have seen destroyed awnings still attached to the tie-downs. I guess in the final analysis ya gotta do what feels good for ya.
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Old 04-28-2016, 02:05 PM   #64
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I think they have been posted, but if still in need go to YouTube and type in "ZipDee Awnings".
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I think they have been posted, but if still in need go to YouTube and type in "ZipDee Awnings".

Got it Chief, thanks!


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Old 04-30-2016, 12:13 PM   #66
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Discovering WHY varies from one person to the next

I have never needed to lubricate the inner rod. I will pull the loose sliding inner rod out of its sleeve and wipe it down with a clean rag. Aluminum as it wears will produce 'back residue' which combined with dust can create friction and the inner rod does not slide easily.

You can also SEE if there is a bend in the inner rod as it wears differently... Make sure you slide it back the same as it came out.

Add some lubricants and they are dirt and dust magnets. Also messy to deal with.

After some years or awning use, the ratchet process to lock the movable arm gets worn. I have filed the front edge down when it becomes dull and rounded.

The complaint of the rear awning support bending needs some understanding. Both ends support an equal share of weight distribution. So why the rear inner slide bending and creating problems? Maybe it is that most people start with the front side first and then to the rear?

The ZD Video sure makes using the extension pole to detach the awning to set up... look easy. Both my 23 and 25 foot round wheels had one side that was off a 1/4" or more. The awning appears to be off just a little when installed. The round wheel over the door I stand on the door entry and tightened that one. The other I am on a five gallon bucket to get the rear wheel tightened. Although with the 2006 23 footer it was not as high as my current 2014 25 footer. The 'crab claw' screw becomes loose on the 2014 and I need to tighten it from time to time so it does not fall off in transit. Takes some imagination to tighten the philips screw for access.

I tired some years ago to move the center pull down strap back and forth... and it ended up wrapped within the roll of awning. Now I lead it up manually, stand on the five gallon bucket and release a foot or more from fully rolled. It snaps shut and never has left any ridge from the pull down strap keeping it wrapping over itself and not moving it back and forth.

There must be reasons why some owners have difficulty and others do not. It will be something I will watch for this year. Much like lug nuts torque on trailer wheels... some having lug nuts loose on a trip and others not.

One thing I learned about mechanical things that are designed by those who are handy. When in the control of those who are not handy and never were... things can go wrong... a lot. Once the individual is eliminated as the source of the problem(s)... only then can the fix be discovered.

My first awning issue was when purchasing NEW, rear awning inner shaft was bent and the RV dealer said to 'lubricate'. It would 'loosen up'. Wrong. It was bent and I, the individual, did not know. I eventually pulled the inner rod out, laid it flat upon the floor, inside the trailer to see the arc of the bend. The arc of the bend was almost centered in the middle of the rod. I used a rubber mallet, a 2"x4"x10" stud, (outside the trailer) put it onto a thick piece of 2" x 12" x 24" lumber and literally 'beat' the bend as level as possible. It was not a 100% fix, but worked and I eventually needed to replace the inner rod.

The replacement rod worked perfectly for seven years, until I purchased the 2014. Never another issue.

My step by step inquiry would include:

- Is the Individual doing something I would not?
- Is the awning being set up differently?
- Is the awning left at the fourth notch 24 hours a day?
- Is there anything that is being done differently?
- Is there one person on each end, or all done by the same individual?

We all learn from our own mistakes. Or the mistakes of... others. Admitted or not. Otherwise nobody would know how to fix a problem, as the problem would never exist or occur. Sometimes you have to disassemble the inner system, move one to the other side and... test it out.

Elimination by trial and error is the proper way to find the problem.

Again... even a ZD video does not contain all of the answers. I will GUARANTEE YOU... that the video awning is CENTERED perfectly and set up to look easy with the pole in use. Had they tried to do this on my 2006 or 2014... there would be some red faces. It is not as easy as it looked on the video.
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In my case, I was breaking camp early in the morning and there had been a heavy dew. Water is not a good lubricant in a tight space, such as on the inner sleeve. The inner and outer parts bound up on me and I was slow to recognize why the awning failed to settle in properly. That is when I probably bent the arm - when I was trying to get the danged thing up.

So I clean and use a little silicone applied with a rag and wipe clean.

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