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Old 07-09-2014, 03:39 PM   #1
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replacing my Zip Dee

Anyone replaced the fabric itself, loosening the first track and sliding the fabric out of the end? I am considering and don't want to bite off more than I can chew. It could possibly save me between $400-500. I am pretty competent with my hands, but still a bit hesitant. Thanks guy
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:07 PM   #2
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Having installed a Zip Dee ourselves, I would not hesitate to replace the fabric ourselves. I'd start by calling Zip Dee and see if they have a replacing fabric instruction sheet they can send you. They are extremely helpful.

I can't see it being all that difficult when compared to doing a full new installation. The biggest issue I can see would be untensioning the spring on the roller. Make sure you have at least one other person to help with the project. Two might be better.

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Old 07-09-2014, 06:35 PM   #3
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ANY good awning and tarp shop can help you....and cheaper than you think. Buy your choice of material on Ebay and press on.
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I would be very careful if you choose a shop. I thought I chose a reputable awing shop
and in the end they had know idea what they were doing and screwed up the alumiguard track. Fortunately I have a friend who's a professional tig welder. I learned allot from the whole experience and if I could do it again I would order the awning from Zip Dee and install it myself.
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Old 07-11-2014, 09:50 AM   #5
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Thanks guys, i have always been the person to jump onto a project... That being said, Airstreams aren't something that you do that with I'm finding out. Small mistakes come with BIG price tags... Thanks for all your comments, I talked with the "boss" last night and we will most likely go with a Zip Dee purchase, and I will face this project with the greatest confidence, haha, figure it out. It is not on my priority list as yet, I am mid way through my interior reno. I will keep you guys posted though! Thanks again Streamers!
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Anyone replaced the fabric itself, loosening the first track and sliding the fabric out of the end? I am considering and don't want to bite off more than I can chew. It could possibly save me between $400-500. I am pretty competent with my hands, but still a bit hesitant. Thanks guy
Call Linda at Zip Dee.

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If you can wait until next February, the Zip Dee people should be at Alumaflamingo in Sarasota. You may get a discount on pricing, as well as installation help or advice from them.
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Old 07-11-2014, 12:18 PM   #8
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Just curious, we have factory awnings all around and use them a lot.

How many years should we expect the fabric to last?
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Just curious, we have factory awnings all around and use them a lot.

How many years should we expect the fabric to last?
What brand?

Airstream used more than one brand.

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If you have a ZipDee awning, then you have Sunbrella fabric, which lasts a very long time. In fact the warranty from Sunbrella is 10 years.

Warranty: How to: Sunbrella fabrics

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We have Zip Dee awnings.
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We did our replacement ourselves, from fabric to aluminum channel to awning. There might be parts of our process that will help you in your decisions and in doing whatever you decide to do.

Our blog about it is here.
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Just curious, we have factory awnings all around and use them a lot.

How many years should we expect the fabric to last?
Depending on a lot of things, up to 30+ years. Our originals were still functional on our '74 when we got it in 2007, though they required replacement soon after we started using them.
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