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Old 06-23-2006, 04:26 PM   #15
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Finished

...then


Pull down your new awning, puff out your chest, (women take note) bask in the coolness of the shadows, and have your friend take your photograph.



This was an nice day of work, relaxed and rewarding.



Questions? I'll do my best.



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Old 06-23-2006, 06:16 PM   #16
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Nice Work!

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Thanks for the tutorial. Three of us left coasters are doing a Lew order as we speak and we'll all be loooooking gooood soon in our new awnings.
In my case I'm retiring a relatively new SOB awning off the '57 Flying Cloud in favor of the Zip Dee
Anybody want a 'Fiesta" 12' cheap?
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Old 06-23-2006, 07:03 PM   #17
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My new Zip[ Dees...installation guide

Step one. Take to shop.
Step two. Take out check book.
Step three. Take out ball point pen.
etc., etc., etc.

I just got four Zip Dees for the Caravel. It looks like a Gaff Rig Schooner..but I like it.
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Old 06-23-2006, 09:39 PM   #18
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Thumbs up Ya Done Good!!

Nice work Mike!!

If you get any more proficient at that I'll have to put you to work!
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Old 06-23-2006, 09:48 PM   #19
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Great job, Michael!
I installed a curb side patio on my trailer this winter. The good news for me is that I did not have to install the long rail. I remember the first hole I drilled took forever. It was:
read the directions,
measure the spot,
reread the directions,
remeasure the spot,
take a break,,,,,,
ok, read the directions
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Old 09-23-2006, 11:11 PM   #20
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Street side awning installation

OK, I'm impressed. I'm pretty handy also, but I called the dealer, gave the mechanics the last five of my VIN and had them order a matching street side awning. If it leaks, it is their problem. Much easier for me to write that check and feel comfortable that the installation will be done correct.
Nice job, though.
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Old 06-29-2007, 04:54 PM   #21
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Artstream,

Thanks to your photos and the factory assembly instructions my wife and I got our Zip Dee window awning installed in about 3 hours. The only way we differed from you was not using your two types of goop. We used clear silicon caulk/sealer instead....the same thing we and our dealer use to seal leaks.

So thanks for your help.
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We used clear silicon caulk/sealer instead....
the same thing we and our dealer use to seal leaks...
i agree michaels how2visual is pretty good.

not to open a can'oworms but surely you've read here the issues related to sealants and aluminum.

as in clear silicon DOES NOT 'seal leaks' well or at all?

while the reasons are convoluted (acetic acid in the sealant) most seem to agree...

polyurethane sealants adhere better? seal better? and just work better with our exterior bauxite bits...

zip dees are still aluminum right?

and once silicone sealants have been applied and failed,

it's a BEEEEECH to resolve because every last bit must be removed with solvents or abrasives...

before resealing with the right stuff...

common sealant gurus, is this true or a/s urban legend?

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Old 06-29-2007, 08:15 PM   #23
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Great job Michael and great step by step. Looks great. Makes me wonder why I didn't have that added when built....it does keep the Airstream cooler when in direct sunlight!
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Enjoyed the play by play Michael. Just wondering if Irv is available for other awning installations, if he brings his tool with him, and how much he drinks during the process .

Thanks

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Don't break the yoke

Thanks for all the kudos folks, it was a fun project!

Barry, I passed, along your request to Irv. He"ll be checking his schedule and tightening up his "yoke" as long as you supply the "Moose Tryipings" and "Old Milwaukee" beer, Irv is from Wisconsin you see

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Enjoyed the play by play Michael. Just wondering if Irv is available for other awning installations, if he brings his tool with him, and how much he drinks during the process .

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You know, I may really consider this more seriously. I took a look at the Safari and Airstream seems to have put the top awing rail on up top already on the streetside. So looking at your methods, I may be able to skip some of the steps. I may put a call out to Zip Dee and see what that price might be and how brave I'm feeling. But I'll be honest, it took this from for sure having someone else do it to, hey, I may give it a wack! If that rail isn't the right one, it may be for an actual full size awning. Might go that route too.
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You know, I may really consider this more seriously. I took a look at the Safari and Airstream seems to have put the top awing rail on up top already on the streetside. So looking at your methods, I may be able to skip some of the steps. I may put a call out to Zip Dee and see what that price might be and how brave I'm feeling. But I'll be honest, it took this from for sure having someone else do it to, hey, I may give it a wack! If that rail isn't the right one, it may be for an actual full size awning. Might go that route too.
Twink, I have seen that railing on some of the newer trailers. I have also seen streetside awnings on these units and they added an additional rail and did not use the one installed at the factory. The one from the factory appears to be upside down.
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Bummer, it did seem too good to be true....thanks for pointing that one out!
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