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Old 10-12-2010, 09:01 PM   #1
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Lubricating Zip-Dee?

On my newly acquired '25 2006 Safari, the awning takes two men (literally) to get the arms up. Is the problem that it has probably been unused for some time?

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Old 10-12-2010, 09:23 PM   #2
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Yes, the lack of use will cause the arms to stick because corrosion sets up inside where one piece slides into another.

Spray silicone seems to be the best lubricant, and if you don't have any, try WD-40....it's mostly silicone.
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:33 PM   #3
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There are a series of videos on youtube on how to care for your zip dee awning. I believe it is the president of the company that does the videos so the info should be reliable. Here is a link to the one on lubricating the awning. Enjoy!
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:47 PM   #4
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Um, I dont think there is any silicone in it Steve.




WD-40's formula is a trade secret. The product is not patented in order to avoid completely disclosing its ingredients.[2] WD-40's main ingredients, according to U.S. Material Safety Data Sheet information, are:The German version of the mandatory EU safety sheet lists the following safety-relevant ingredients:
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:50 PM   #5
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A big thank you for this info. We also have had trouble getting our awning up. Looking forward to trying this remedy. Susan
PS what silicone do you use???
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Old 10-12-2010, 09:59 PM   #6
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A video? Wow, this forum is fantastic! Thanks much.
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Old 10-13-2010, 12:31 AM   #7
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I wouldn't use ANY WET lubricant on the Zip-Dee arms. I use a product called DuPont Teflon Dry Lube. It sprays on and dries quickly, leaving a very slippery dry film on the metal. Will NOT attract dirt like a wet lube (silicone) that will jam up the slide mechanism. Available at most Lowes.

And WD-40 is NOT a lubricant! It was formulated to displace water on electronic circuit boards (WD stands for water displacement, formula #40. Will penetrate and free rusted fasteners to some extent, but there are far better products for that purpose also. I don't even carry it on my service van, as it does nothing well except it's designed use....TO DISPLACE WATER ON CIRCUITS!
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And WD-40 is NOT a lubricant! It was formulated to displace water on electronic circuit boards (WD stands for water displacement, formula #40. Will penetrate and free rusted fasteners to some extent, but there are far better products for that purpose also. I don't even carry it on my service van, as it does nothing well except it's designed use....TO DISPLACE WATER ON CIRCUITS!
Everyone, please do what you want, but I'm telling you I've used WD-40 on the sliding arms and it works great.
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I could never get the cetnre support to snap tightly in place before I gave all the arms on ours a good shot with silicon spray lube (generic, from Canadian Tire),

It also helped make the entire opening and closing easier.

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You need to check the arms to be sure everything is straight. Even a slight bend will cause the arms to stick. Check it out.
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If you don't have a pair or Zipdee handles on the arms, they really make a big difference.
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