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Old 09-08-2006, 03:49 PM   #15
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I ordered our Zip-dee from fellow forums member Lewster in June. It arrived in a week or so and was easy to install. I'd suggest contacting him for a quote after checking out Zip Dee's website for color choices (there are many!) The awning is simply awesome. Easy to setup and take down. Hard to imagine camping without it now! --dave
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Old 09-09-2006, 04:05 AM   #16
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Looks like a care free.
I replaced the canvas with the vinil that is also used on the big truck trailors.
It's a bit more weight than the original canvas but verry strong.
It comes in diverent colors and even a silver gray ( that's what I used )
Just ask a trucker where to find a shop that makes those things

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Old 09-15-2006, 03:46 PM   #17
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Since we are on the subject of awnings can some one give me some advice?

I have the original Zip Dee awning on our 73 Overlander and the canvas is solid no tears or holes, a little stained (no biggy) but the stitched are coming apart. To replace or not replace? Either way I need some suggestions on having this repaired whether I do this or pay someone and how much should this cost and if I have it replaced whether I do this or not how much should it cost????
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Old 09-15-2006, 04:23 PM   #18
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How many stitches??

If you had a helper friend or two and a couple of good ladders or step stools, you could remove the awning fabric from the roller and trailer, and take it to a local auto or marine aupholstery shop where they could re-stitch some of the key seams or edges much cheaper than you could replace the entire awning material.. The cost of poly sunbrella fabric at retail at local fabric store is pushing $35 to $50 a yard, in 5' widths, so the fabric is really expensive...

If ALL the stitching is bad however, you're going to need to over-stitch all the seams, or you'd be removing and reworking again fairly soon, and that would be a pain...

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Old 09-18-2006, 01:32 PM   #19
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Sorry it took so long to reply. Thanks for the info. It is a lot of stitches. I called Zip Dee and got a quote for a new canvas roller w/ spring and cover for $854. I like your idea better, to take it down and have it stitched, and I guess I will look in the phone book to see if I could find someone. Where could I find instructions for proper removal of the canvas?

Another issue however is that there appears to be a leak in the outer case when rolled up because once unrolled the canvas has a mildew spot ever 4-6" where water appears to be getting in? Maybe I could take a picture or two and get some advice?? Also when raining some of the fabric appears to be repelling the water and some does not??

Any help?
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Old 09-18-2006, 02:42 PM   #20
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Zip Dee has a good website with maintenance information and instructions...

Look at http://www.zipdeeinc.com/RV%20Produc...ance-Page.html

There should be some upholstery places listed in local yellow pages who can stitch sunbrella fabric. It is not as heavy or thick as cotton canvas... If not, call around and find an upholstery shop that does convertible tops for cars, as they should have the machines and room to handle awning... I figure you can pay for several hours of labor before new fabric is better deal, though if original fabric starts to tear, the overall replacement would be advised...

Removing the fabric means separating it from the roller, and then sliding it our of the pinched slot on the side of the trailer. Easier to do with a helper. Search here for threads on "awning replacement"...

As for fabric and water, it is not really intended to be waterproof, and maybe a thorough cleaning with warm water and some very gentle soap (like woolite mix..) would help..

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Old 09-18-2006, 05:09 PM   #21
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Post if you have any more questions.

Be careful with any Sunbrella fabric as it is acrylic and will fray and peel when cut. You have to use a hot knife to cut the stuff so that the edges seal as they are cut. Be sure the canvas shop you use (if you do this) is so equipped.
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I have the awning off our 1979 27' Argosy to have some minor fabric repair done. Other than color, your photos look identical to our awning, and the decals on our arms are from Carefree of Colorado. With that said, the instruction Carefree sent to me don't match the awning though. Best of luck!
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Hi All,

I have a 22' Argosy that has an awning in a box, no external legs coming down the trailer, everything folds up in a U-shaped channel that is at the leading edge of the fabric. There are two clips under the canopy box that the telescoping rods fit into, but nothing on the bottom of the trailer for the angle support legs. These legs are made of a U-shaped material also, and the telescoping rods fit into that, which all fold into the big channel. Can anyone identify the manufacturer for me, and more importantly, share where the legs are supposed to attache? They have a slot that looks like they should fit into a bracket, but there isn't any sign that a bracket was ever attached to the trailer. Searching everywhere for a picture of this type of awning, but no luck on that.

Thanks! Tom
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