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Old 08-27-2006, 12:02 PM   #1
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Removing Old Awnings

We are going to be purchasing new awnings in the spring and figured we would get a head start on removing them before we store it for the winter. What is the easiest way to remove all 5 of our awnings?
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why not just get new fabric and leave the hardware in place?

just curious.

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Agree with John.. it is a lot of work..
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Yes, that is what we plan on doing. Sorry i did not mention that on the original post. How should i remove the fabric from the awning frames?
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To remove the fabric completely, you will be performing double labor. You will have to take everything apart, pull out the old fabric, put everything back together for the winter, and then take everything apart again next spring when you put the new fabric on. Your best bet would be to wait until you are ready to switch fabric, then do the off and on at one time. If you want to space out the work, you could do one awning at a time.
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To remove the fabric completely, you will be performing double labor. You will have to take everything apart, pull out the old fabric, put everything back together for the winter, and then take everything apart again next spring when you put the new fabric on. Your best bet would be to wait until you are ready to switch fabric, then do the off and on at one time. If you want to space out the work, you could do one awning at a time.
Thanks for the info Terry. Exactly how do we go about removing the fabric from the hardware?
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Thanks for the info Terry. Exactly how do we go about removing the fabric from the hardware?
If I'm not mistaken, the fabric is riveted to the crossbar using some broad-headed rivets. I've heard of some folks using smaller rivets and flat washers to re-attach. Obviously the spring tension will have to be relieved first, and is definitely at least a two-person job. There's a thread somewhere that describes this - haven't been able to locate it as of yet.
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call zip dee and see if they will send you instructions.

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I agree- call Zip-Dee (assuming that is your brand). They sent me complete instructions on how to replace the fabric last summer, free. It goes through it step by step, simple to follow. Good luck!-tim
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Zip-Dee replacement fabric

Lizzy,

When you purchase replacement fabric from a ZipDee dealer or ZD directly, you will get a very detailed direction sheet on the removal of your old fabric and it's replacement. It DOES involve disassembly of the awnings, unwinding the spring tension and drilling out the old rivets that hold the fabric on the roller tube, then removal of the fabric from the aluminum cover.

It is a rather lengthy process and will require 2 people (minimum) and I would recommend leaving the awnings right where they are until you receive your new replacement fabric.
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I just purchased my Overlander '73, The Awning came out of the track. During the process of retracking it the the roller lost it's tension (quite violently I might ad with 9"c-clamps getting thrown, one hit me.) The condition of the awning is good to excellent, but reattatching to the track, and resetting the tension I am a little at a loss.how do I reattatch it? and set the tension back?
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I just purchased my Overlander '73, The Awning came out of the track. During the process of retracking it the the roller lost it's tension (quite violently I might ad with 9"c-clamps getting thrown, one hit me.) The condition of the awning is good to excellent, but reattatching to the track, and resetting the tension I am a little at a loss.how do I reattatch it? and set the tension back?
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Was the track the one on the coach, or was it the one on the roller? As far as rewinding the springs, just rewind them both equally so the awning doesn't bind. If it doesn't seem like enough, take each end off, and wind them up another turn or so, if it seems too tight, back each one off a turn or so.
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I just purchased my Overlander '73, The Awning came out of the track. During the process of retracking it the the roller lost it's tension (quite violently I might ad with 9"c-clamps getting thrown, one hit me.) The condition of the awning is good to excellent, but reattatching to the track, and resetting the tension I am a little at a loss.how do I reattatch it? and set the tension back?
Zip-Dee awnings have one spring located at the rear of the awning. To wind it, you take the support arm off the lower hinge, leaving only the section that is bolted to the head casting that says 'Zip-Dee' on it.

With the awning fully extended and a helper holding it (use a ladder as a brace also), wind the awning arm clockwise as you are facing it 1 turn for each foot of awning length. If the awning spring was completely unwound, then add 7 turns for smaller awnings and 9 turns for larger ones (like yours).

Re-assemple the arm and reinsert it into the hinge. The awning should stay extended by itself. To retract it, you gently push it up while holding the strap about 12" and the spring should do the rest. It might need more or less winds to accomplish this, depending on the condition of the spring.

The winding process should be done with the awning arm only, as any other method requires removing this arm from the head casting and the spring will helicopter as you try to reinsert the arm after it is tensioned. It's a great way to break your hand when it lets go .
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for Zip Dee repairs or parts they have a great web site, and if you still have questions just call. Very helpful vendor!

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above is Zip Dee repair site, hope it comes thru OK

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