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Old 06-08-2004, 06:56 PM   #1
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Looking for a New Awning

I have a 31 foot 1971 International with no awnings or hardware. I would like to get a solid blue or blue with vertical white stripe awning. Can anyone recommend a competitive source for my needs. I'm located in Northern California.

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Old 06-08-2004, 07:06 PM   #2
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Looking for a New Awning

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I have a 31 foot 1971 International with no awnings or hardware. I would like to get a solid blue or blue with vertical white stripe awning. Can anyone recommend a competitive source for my needs. I'm located in Northern California.

Thanks, John
Zip Dee produces a premiere awning product for Airstreams and has for several decades. Unlike several of their competitors, they continue to support their products long after the customary 10-years for replacement parts availability. Their awnings are very high quality and are quite easy to deploy and stow. I had an A & E Travel Awn 5000 prior to the Zip Dee, and Dometic/A & E supported no parts for the awning other than roller tube and fabric (the awning was original to my '64 coach). You can find Zip Dee on the web at the following:

Zip Dee RV Awnings

You can contact Zip Dee through their web site to find their nearest dealer. Your coach may be recent enough that ordering can be handled without measuring the trailer for the awning, but there is a potential that the dealer may want to measure your coach to insure a proper fit - - I know that when my dealer, Ace Fogdall RV, ordered my Zip Dee awnings (patio and two window awnings) their technician spent the better part of two hours measuring and communicating with the personnel at Zip Dee. The result is a set of awnings with fabulous fit and finish. The awning on the bathroom window on my coach is pictured below - - I believe that it was referred to as "Airstream Blue Fancy".



Good luck with your awning decision!

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Zip Dee is the typical awning source...

John-

You'll probably hear lots of references to Zip-Dee Awnings (made outside Chicago) which are the single most common on Airstreams. They use durable canvas material in solids or blue/white stripes, and have long track record of fitting curved side arms and attachments designed specifically for Airstream trailers.

Their web site is http://www.zipdeeinc.com/Index.html

I suspect they're not the least expensive alternative, and that honor probably goes to "Carefree of Colorado" vrand, or potentially A&E. They use vinyl fabric, often in horizontal patterns, and I'm not sure they handle curved sides of Airstreams as effectively as Zip-Dee does. Zip-Dee also generally provide metal housing sections for retracted awning, which help a lot to protect fabric when awning stowed in Calif sun or winter rains...

We have Z-D on ours, and fabric pretty durable, structure pretty solid (spring-tensioned bars and locking braces..) and are pretty happy with it. They can refer you to local dealer from web site, or independent shops may be able to install if you have unit shipped from factory.

Camping World and others sell Carefree or A&E lines, and I'd have a LOONG talk with them about fitting to your trailer before ordering anything or committing to an installation appointment... (They reneged on published install quotes and refused to install Fantastic Fans in our trailer, due to curvature of roof...)

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Thank you for the reference to what sounds like a the right manufactuer for Airstream Awnings. This is the info I needed.

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Thank you, John. ZipDee sounds like the right match!

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The folks at ZipDee are great......

As they explained to me, the founders were formerly linked to Airstream in some fashion, saw a market need, and went independent. I needed new brackets and some hardware for my main awning. All I did was explain my dilemma and the salespeople took it from there. Fast, courteous and friendly, and good-quality merchandise. I didn't find their prices too alarming. They will send you a catalog if you ask.
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The zip dee awnings on my unit are 22 years old and I don't think you couldtell them from new. I've had to order and replace the pull straps. Otherwise, they're in great shape. I also echo the friendliness and efficiency you get when contacting zip dee. I recently ordered chairs and an awning mat from them. You might want to consider those purchases as well. Quality, Quality throughout.
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I am looking at buying two zip dee Chairs to fit under the pull out table in my 1993 Soverign. Does anyone know if the Standard fits or can I order the Wide zip dee Chairs?
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I am looking at buying two zip dee Chairs to fit under the pull out table in my 1993 Soverign. Does anyone know if the Standard fits or can I order the Wide zip dee Chairs?
The extra-wide chairs (1CH-200) are 2" wider than the standard chairs. I don't have a measrement for these, but a quick call to the factory will provide the answer.
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