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Old 08-18-2006, 08:45 AM   #29
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Vintage awning- foldup kind

I am going with this alternative to Zipdee---
it fits my model year (And pocketbook) better!

http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...Code=VTS%2D400
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Old 08-18-2006, 08:29 PM   #30
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Zip-Dee alternative

Carefree of Colorado makes curved arms that fit Airstreams. The arms are extruded aluminum available in several finishes, and the full selection of Sunbrella fabrics is also available. PM me if you would like more info..........
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Old 08-19-2006, 02:17 PM   #31
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Carefree of Colorado says "Airstream puts the awning rail in the wrong place".

We had a heck of a time with Carefree because two different sets of arms would not fit mid 70 trailers.

Carefree refused to take the awnings back, because they said "Airstream doesn't know where to put the awning rails".

After considerable deliberation, and only because of a personal contact, Carefree took the two awnings back.

Strange, Airstream has put the awning rails in the same place for over 40 years.

Seems to us that the awning manufacturer, would design their arms to fit a particular brand trailer, correctly, instead of faulting the trailer manufacturer.

We also take exception the Carefree's warranty program, in that everything and anything is the fault of the installer, or the trailer owner, at least according to one of Carefree's female big wigs.

This is first hand experience with Carefree.

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Old 08-19-2006, 06:39 PM   #32
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and i think zip dee owns sunbrella or is it carefree?

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Sunbrella is owned by Glen Raven Mills we do a fair amount of work for them. They have one plant about an hour from my house dunno if it is a Sunbrella plant or not.

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Old 08-19-2006, 08:08 PM   #33
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hi wahoonc...

yea i was a little fuzzy on this...i knew there was some connection, but couldn't remember what....

zipdee makes a line of house awning...and uses sunbrella fabric. that was my cross connection.
http://www.zipdeeinc.com/House%20Awn...ng-Fabric.html

i think you can select from the full line of sunbrella fabrics and patterns IF redoing the zipdees...

thanks for catching this...

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Old 08-19-2006, 08:25 PM   #34
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Believe it or not my brother has a "ZipDee" home awning He had one on his house in Columbus, OH. When he moved to Denver the house he bought already had one on it He says it is a top quality product and has never given him any trouble. I actually have one of each now, my 1975 has Fiesta by CareFree on it, they are okay. My 80 Excella has a single Zipdee on the curb side (thrifty PO ) for shade on the rest of the windows they made these funky slip covers that go over the bottom corner of the window and snap at the top. but they are made out of sunbrella

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We have a carefree on our 75 it was on there when we bought the trailer and we like it everything works as it should. And I will tell you we have been through some nail biting wind with it and no warp or breaking of the arms but I always tie the ends down just a mama thing I guess my husband always states I'm kinda neurotic about the awning and I tell him better safe then sorry. When it get's time to replace we will go back with the carefree.
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Old 08-19-2006, 09:42 PM   #36
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I am going with this alternative to Zipdee---
it fits my model year (And pocketbook) better!

http://www.vintagetrailersupply.com/...Code=VTS%2D400
That's what we got and are very pleased. I believe in keeping something simple and this fits the Caravel quite well. Plus, I had the awning rail already on the camper so why change a good thing.
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Not really on the former, and yes, to some extent, on the latter. My EZ Awn is looking better to me after reading this thread.
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HHP -- I have a Hold-Awn. Judging by long-ago threads, it or similar devices have been in use by quite a number of Forums members. It's easy to set up. I don't always rig it if the weather seems exceedingly fair or I'm not going to be leaving our camping area. It's in use on most of our multi-night stops. I tend to roll the awning back in if a coming storm seems strong or windy. I also stow the awning if we're leaving for several hours in unpredictable weather. The Hold-Awn provides some margin of comfort but a storm may catch us unaware some day...
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FWIW! and remember this is free advice There is a campground at Myrtle Beach, SC; oceanfront. They have several largish SOB's that they rent out. They all have the awnings "permanently" deployed. They use the Hold-awn tiedows. They use 3 on each awning and the awnings are in the 24'+ range. I have never seen one damaged by a storm down there and they do get some pretty severe storms. They do have the awnings tilted for drainage. I will typically leave mine up unless the storm is going to be severe. I do use holdawn's or something similar. I have had awnings up in 40mph gusts and haven't lost one...yet But is probably better to be safe than sorry.

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ZipDee Update

I talked with Jim Webb (President of ZipDee) today about my awning. He is going to straighten the steel bars (very small bend) at no charge to me. I still need to buy new main arms. I thought this was a nice gesture on his part. My cost will now be $160 + shipping + $20 (UPS old bars to ZipDee today). It looks like I will have a fully functional awning in just a few weeks!
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This is great to hear. Glad its working out for you. Persistance pays off once again. You guys have another outing soon?

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Brad - Sept 23 is Wood Canyon Lake. I should have my awning fixed by then. It does look kind of stange now. It is rolled up and the heads are secured down, but all the arms are off.
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