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Old 08-29-2004, 07:41 PM   #1
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AS Awning Suppliers

My wife and I are new to Airstreaming, having purchased our '69 Overlander just last April and only 15 miles from home. Fortunately, the AS was in excellent condition, needing only normal cleaning and upkeep. We would however, like to add an awning as it never had one. Our problem is finding a dealer who can not only help but can return a call. Over the last 6 weeks I have phoned one in Illinois, one in Minnesota, one in Iowa, phoned and e-mailed one in California, (yes, the one that is frequently on this forum) and am still waiting for a reply. Even the local dealers are of no help.
Who were the original suppliers of the awnings and are they still available? If so, do they sell direct and how difficult are the awning arms to install?
Would appreciate your input.
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Old 08-29-2004, 08:52 PM   #2
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Try www.zipdeeinc.com they supplied the awnings for all the Airstreams as far as I know.
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Let's leave this open to folks who can add what they have experienced in installing their own.

Minnesota's Airstream dealer isn't very interested in working on vintage units. Many are very satisfied with Ace Fogdall in Iowa and my few experiences with them have shown them to be very responsive.

If you can justify a self-installed unit I'd suggest run, don't walk, your phoning fingers to Andy at Inland RV. He'd messaged this last week that Zip Dee was raising their prices (I believe) 16% come September 1. I'm not sure -- can he drop-ship them from the factory to you without routing through California? I have found Andy to be very good on giving out the wealth of his experience. Ask him if this is a do-it-yourselfer project. But you will have to rely on some inherent skills you have developed as well.

Do a search on combinations of 'zip dee install' and 'zipdee install.' There are not a lot of threads that fill the bill but that is a good starting point. I have an old Care Free and envy mainline Zip Dee's -- no chance to add that to my list as I'm in the middle of major returning to usability.
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Greetings krajnik!

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My wife and I are new to Airstreaming, having purchased our '69 Overlander just last April and only 15 miles from home. Fortunately, the AS was in excellent condition, needing only normal cleaning and upkeep. We would however, like to add an awning as it never had one. Our problem is finding a dealer who can not only help but can return a call. Over the last 6 weeks I have phoned one in Illinois, one in Minnesota, one in Iowa, phoned and e-mailed one in California, (yes, the one that is frequently on this forum) and am still waiting for a reply. Even the local dealers are of no help.
Who were the original suppliers of the awnings and are they still available? If so, do they sell direct and how difficult are the awning arms to install?
Would appreciate your input.
In the days when our coaches were new, there were several manufacturers who supplied awnings for Airstreams. Today, however, ZipDee is about the only manufacturer who supplies awnings with arms having the proper curavature for our Vintage coaches.

When the A & E Travel Awn 5000 on my Overlander failed, there was no question in my mind that ZipDee was the best alternative. Only one other manufacturer even indicated that they could/would manufacture an awning with arms of the correct curvature for my coach, and I was not overly impressed with the quality of their products that I had seen at a recent rally. One thing that I did learn when purchasing the new awnings for my coach was that my installing dealer had to make a number of measurements on my coach to verify the correct size awning (the measurements were requested by ZipDee to insure a correct fit). Ace Fogdall RV in Cedar Falls, Iowa handled the complete process on my coach from the pre-order measuring to the final install for the main patio awning as well as two window awnings. The awnings have been on my coach for nearly four seasons and I am thrilled with both their quality and performance.

The photo below is of the streetside bedroom window awning:



The photo below is of the patio awning in the travel position:



Good luck with your research!

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I got my awning from Arizona R.V. salvage (602) 272-0301. It's a ZipDee and it was new old stock. I got a good deal on it and Big Ed was a lot of help. I was so happy that I went ahead and ordered the window awnings too. They have a big selection of awnings at reduced prices because they bought out the stock from a dealer that went out of business. However; you will have to install it or have someone do it for you. I did mine and it was not that dificult. Good luck.
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If you live close enough to justify the travel, have the ZipDee factory install the new awnings. We saved a bundle on shipping.... and..... ZipDee will let you park overnight, and hook up to their electric & water at no additional cost.... no sewage facilities but still.......
Cost of shipping the main awning tube to Fogdal RV alone was over $110 ..... not even 300 miles.
ZipDee also did some custom fabrication for us at a most reasonable charge.

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I was fortunate enough to purchase a used Zip Dee from an owner who just wanted out from under his '66 Overlander that was in sorry shape. I got the awning from him to help him recoup his losses. I had the awning cut down two feet and put it on myself. Easy enough to do if you have the installation instructions, which came with the awning. Took an afternoon and I don't know why I took so long. I had the awning for over a year. Now I need to install a drip pan for the AC. Wouldn't you know it, the condensate runs down the side on the rolled up awning. Another project, another day.

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I had the awning cut down two feet and put it on myself.

Did you have a local shop do the cutdown, or was it easy enough to DIY?
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A local awning guy did it for me. I had intended to cut the roller tube myself and have him cut the material and reseam it. He offered to do it all for $90. I couldn't pass it up. Heck of a deal. Zip Dee's are easy to cut down providing you cut off from the end without the spring.

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krajnik.

If you are referring to us, we have never received an e-mail from you.

However, we offer a 10 percent discount. Zip Dee does not.

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If you'd like to speak to someone in Illinois I can recommend one. I believe the company is called "Earhardts".

The provided my replacement two years ago and their sales guy went WAY above and beyond by meeting me there late at night and even helping me install it as I was leaving the next day.

Great people! Let me know if you want them and I can confirm the company name and location/phone number.
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Zipdee installers in Michigan

We bought a 66 Safari this summer and we want to get a Zipdee, preferably by next summer. Has anyone had in any experience with getting them installed in Michigan, specifically at Woodland or Weekley Motors. I haven't had the opportunity to use them yet and wanted to know if anyone had any experience and if they would have them install a Zipdee on a vintage coach.

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John.

Your trailer would use a 12 foot Zip Dee awning.

You could save the trip and the money by installing it yourself. You would need a helper for about 5 minutes and the rest you can do alone.

Complete detailed instructions come with each Zip Dee awning.

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You could save the trip and the money by installing it yourself. You would need a helper for about 5 minutes and the rest you can do alone.
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You better be one of those people who can do things right the first time. I figured my dealer would "do it right", and ordered a street side awning for my '01 Safari. I went to pick it up and the service manager took me over to it and showed me the four new rivits that I gained. Apparently the person installing the awing positioned the arms too low. It was caught before the awing itself was mounted but the holes for the arms had been drilled.

As it ended up I probably would not have realized the extras were there since they were in line with other rivits. I'll give credit to the service manager in showing me the rivits and fessing up. To say the least I wasn't a happy person.

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