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Old 05-07-2007, 09:16 PM   #1
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Problem with awning

I just bought a vinage 74 Land Yacht Tradewinds and I cant figure out how to let the awning down. Does anyone have any tips? This is my first Airstream and I would appreciate any info anyone could give. Please don't assume that I might think what you could tell me is unimportant. I am absolutely GREEN when it comes to this stuff. I tried to pull a couple of levers to let the awning down, but they would not move.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:24 PM   #2
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Depends on the awning......... On a Zipdee there is a release knob at each bracket at the ends of the roller. On a EZ try lifting each arm straight up an inch or two to get it to release.
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:26 PM   #3
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How do I tell which type it is?
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Old 05-07-2007, 09:35 PM   #4
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They are usually stamped somewhere, usually on the end cap or arm bracket at the top end of the extension arm. I think (but am not sure) the factory used EZ awnings that year. There are a few aftermarket awning possibilities too. The bad news is if it is original and you need parts they may no longer be manufactured. In fact I think EZ is out of business.

Post a photo and someone who knows a little bit more than me should be able to help you out at least to pin down what you got.
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The awning doesn't just let down. It's held up with a big spring inside the drum around which the fabric is wound.There is supposed to be a pull tap of awning fabric in the center. You pull on that to start the awning unwinding. If it weren't for the spring, you couldn't retract the awning when you were done with it.
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Post a picture of it and you will get detailed instructions and everything else you wish to know about it.

Thats what happens here.
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I'm new to the forum. How do you post a picture?
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Old 05-08-2007, 11:54 AM   #9
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Don't do anything that seems hard or a little tough.

Done correctly, it is very easy.
I broke the brake loop off doing it wrong, and pulling like crazy.

If photos are not up here latter today, will get you some.
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Does the ends look like this?



Oh...Zip Dee is still open
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Old 05-08-2007, 10:36 PM   #12
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Help with a non Zip-Dee awning

I posted last night with a question about how to unroll a 1974 Tradewinds awning. Not sure what happened to that post. It is not a Zip Dee awning and I can't get it to budge. It looks like the canvas may be in rough shape, but I can't get it open at all. I' am totally new to Airstraming as I have only owned my 74 for 4 days now. It is in need of some minor restoration and I really need some help on how to undo the awning so I can let it out. Any suggestions?
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Is it a Carefree? Link to scans of manual in post 5. Some Airstreams back in the 70s and most of the Argosy trailers had these. Carefree is still in business I think. My Argosy awning is about 7/8ths intact and can be jury rigged with Hold-Awn straps.
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