Last fall the corner of an outbuilding jumped out at me as I towed my 2010 Bambi Int'l around it at low speed, and ripped an arm of my Zip Dee awning. This was on the forward arm; the rear was spared. Fortunately the cast metal upper and lower mounts are brittle and simply fractured, so damage to the skin and what's behind it could have been much worse.
Damage on the awning parts seems limited to the upper and lower mounts and the forward arm assembly, and some deformed skin. Can I get these from Zip Dee as separate components? I'd call them but they aren't open now, and the forum is
But before I order parts, this is where the forum comes in. Should I try to use the existing mounting points, or can I fill those in and relocate the mounting points for the arm(s)? Obviously this depends on just what sort of damage was done but I'm just looking for some general advice and trying to find out what's possible. While I haven't thoroughly investigated, it's possible the existing screw locations are still usable (but that post sticking out from one hole at the lower mount confuses me... what is that?)
Should I bang the skin back into shape and attempt to mount the replacements there, and see if they hold? And if they don't, find Plan B?
I'm mechanically handy but I have my limits; given the spring tension and weight involved, is this something best left to an Airstream dealer?
Lastly, what sort of costs might I expect to face? Plan B could simply involve making a frame of PVC pipe to support the awning, or removing the awning entirely and using a completely detached shade/shelter.
Upper mounting point:
Lower mounting point: