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Old 05-29-2007, 09:42 PM   #29
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Thanks for posting the pics, it looks great!
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Old 05-30-2007, 02:41 AM   #30
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That is a fantastic awning! Thanks so much for the pictures!
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Old 05-30-2007, 11:10 PM   #31
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Thank you. It does work very well. I wish I could take full credit for it but I only came up with the pole system.

It looks like we are about to build another one and refine the poles, etc. as our friends just purchased the twin to our trailer to tow behind their 1954 Ford stationwagon. Ours is s/n 7173 and theirs is 7143. They want the same style awning as mine so while we are doing theirs we will also update my poles and I also want to add scallops that attach with velcro to give it the official old timey look. I'll let you know when we do this (sometime this summer or fall I think) and will note any changes we make.

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Old 05-31-2007, 12:55 AM   #32
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Thanks Barry, it looks great! Please post your final product.
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Old 05-31-2007, 08:11 AM   #33
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Nice job Barry.
Your trailer is so much what I want mine to grow up to be. I'll keep plugging away and maybe someday I will get it there.

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Old 05-31-2007, 04:31 PM   #34
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Very nice, Barry. What I like is that it 'looks' vintage. I can't spring for the bucks to by a new one but to put one together as you have would be very gratifying. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 06-01-2007, 08:45 AM   #35
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I bought a ZIP DEE and found it difficult to operate . definately not a one person thing.
Eventuall the metal fittings needed replacement and then the roll drum rotted out and I just scrapped the thing. never again for a thousand dollars.
It was flimsy and not sibstantial.

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Old 06-01-2007, 09:35 AM   #36
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I bought a ZIP DEE and found it difficult to operate . definately not a one person thing.
Eventuall the metal fittings needed replacement and then the roll drum rotted out and I just scrapped the thing. never again for a thousand dollars.
It was flimsy and not sibstantial.

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I have the oposite opinion of a ZipDee awning.
I installed a ZipDee on my 75 TW and I find that it is very easy to operate. I can deploy the awning in about 2 minutes and tuck it away in less. I did have a problem where I bent the arms when rain collected on it (my bad), but it has performed great. Setting it up and stowing it can be done by one person if it is installed correctly.
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Old 06-01-2007, 11:00 PM   #37
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Setting my old timey up is a good 5 minutes plus endeavour and if I'm real shakey, an easy 10. Fold up is much quicker and that I can do in 5 flat. I'd love a Zip Dee or equivalent but I just can't bear to hang My next step is to replace the metal poles with wood dowling. I've just got to figure out the correct ends to use. I'll go with copper as it suits the set up, but it's getting it all clear in my head, then convincing my wife to drive me over to Home Despot to throw some more money at the trailer (heh, heh). It may end up being a fall or winter project but we'll see.

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Old 06-02-2007, 07:29 AM   #38
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Would you zip dee?

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Setting my old timey up is a good 5 minutes plus endeavour and if I'm real shakey, an easy 10. Fold up is much quicker and that I can do in 5 flat. I'd love a Zip Dee or equivalent but I just can't bear to hang My next step is to replace the metal poles with wood dowling. I've just got to figure out the correct ends to use. I'll go with copper as it suits the set up, but it's getting it all clear in my head, then convincing my wife to drive me over to Home Despot to throw some more money at the trailer (heh, heh). It may end up being a fall or winter project but we'll see.

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I've got a 56 that I'm working on and the awning question will come up next season just prior to putting it on the road. Would you add a zip dee to your rig, assuming you had the funds?

Several vintage folks cringe at the idea of putting them on since they say it was not part of the period.

So what is the cut off year for using a zip dee?


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Old 06-05-2007, 10:50 PM   #39
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I've got a 56 that I'm working on and the awning question will come up next season just prior to putting it on the road. Would you add a zip dee to your rig, assuming you had the funds?

Several vintage folks cringe at the idea of putting them on since they say it was not part of the period.

So what is the cut off year for using a zip dee?


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To answer your question in one quick sentence: No, I wouldn't"

More data input: I've thought about the ZipDee. If I really wanted one I'd just buy it but I keep putting it off. It really isn't a funds thing although my wife will tell you I'm known to be "extremely thrifty", but I'm also not one to look for a ton of work setting up and tearing down every time I go camping either. Every time I look at the trailer ready to travel I like the look without awning parts hanging off of it, and the way mine is set up the awning is very unobtrusive. If the awning were made of silver colored material, or gray, it would be almost invisible which would be even better than what I've got now, but we are close.

If I become physically challenged to a point where it is difficult to put up the awning then I'll go with a manufactured awning, but again I'm not sure I'd go with the type with the arms permanently attached. It is also the "look" I get with this type of awning that is important for me. It is so close to period correct (I need scallops and my wooden poles) or at least the look I remember as a kid out camping with my family and that's what I want. I remember my dad out setting up the awning with us kids under foot while my mom was inside getting the dinner ready and it was a ritual tha allowed them some mindless tasks while they unwound from the days travels. Unless the weather is really sloppy crappy mine is not a boher to put up, and I find after a couple of times of first use each season it goes very quickly as I get the routine back down pat, and like my dad I now realize it's one of those relaxing and mindless things that allows my mind to slow down after the day.

So, for me this is it. I will do the scallops thing eventually, and this summer yet I'll do the swap out to wood poles from the metal I have now, and just doing the wood poles will move it along nicely towards the look I want.

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Question Vintage awnings

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To answer your question in one quick sentence: No, I wouldn't"--
Me either!

"So, for me this is it. I will do the scallops thing eventually, and this summer yet I'll do the swap out to wood poles from the metal I have now, and just doing the wood poles will move it along nicely towards the look I want.
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Barry; thats the look I want too. Could I please have the benifit of your plan/ info for accomplishing it? I can't find the wooden poles or the scalloped, vintage striped material.
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Old 11-01-2007, 11:53 AM   #41
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Hi Barry,
I am interested in much the same awning configuration as what you have got. Could you give me a little info on the bracket under the trailer for securing the diagonal awning arm ( the part the arm slides over or into )?

Thank - You,

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Old 11-01-2007, 12:10 PM   #42
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Now if you really want cheap and easy...
Find an old sail made of dacron.
Most can be had for give away prices.
They have a rope just like awnings.(check size)
And white is not the only color...find a catamaran sail 'Hobie' type, and you can have a rainbow of colors.
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