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Old 06-05-2015, 08:47 AM   #1
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Who has a Zip Dee Relax 12v Automatic Awning?

Does anybody have one of these? If so do you like it and how much was it? I'm also looking at the retrofit.

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Do a google search on issues. There have been some reported.
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:08 AM   #3
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So far works great on my new Classic. You can stop it at any point as it extends and the ends will tilt so that you have a natural runoff in case of rain.

One caution I got was making sure that your batteries, if you have stock batteries, have a good charge. I haven't checked to see what the amp draw is but guessing somewhat significant. I was told you don't want it to stop from lack of power.
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Old 06-05-2015, 09:24 AM   #4
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Is there a manual crank method available as a back up?

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Jackson Center wants $5,500 to install on our new 2015 FC 28. Think I'll stay with manual for now.
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Checked mine this morning. Looks like it draws 7-8amps when operating.

There is a manual crank process. They give you a flex shank with a nut driver on the end. it would need to be used in an electric drill. Also included is a 12V cable so that you can run it from a car battery.
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Old 06-05-2015, 12:39 PM   #7
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Works great. When closing after being somewhere a few days you'll need to stop it periodically to sweep it clean. You can't drop the whole thing to sweep like a manual awning you'll only be able to sweep the exposed end. Still it is convenient.
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Jackson Center wants $5,500 to install on our new 2015 FC 28. Think I'll stay with manual for now.
Ouch...That's a little out of my price range.

I have a 19' Bambi and I would try to do the retro fit. So probably a little cheaper.

Has anybody done the retrofit using the existing awning?
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Does anybody have one of these? If so do you like it and how much was it? I'm also looking at the retrofit.

Relax 12v Automatic Awning
Just another motorized gadget to break and require expensive repair... and drain your battery. My experience with auto-awnings with my Foretravel wasn’t good, especially when the “wind guard” function malfunctioned (sucker was extending/retracting every 5 minutes). Then after a couple of years, had to replace the motor. Don’t know about Zip Dee but Girard was extremely proud of their motors!

Extending the awning manually has never been a difficult chore nor problematic. I try to keep things simple with minimal maintainence.
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Ours came with this awning. It's quite nice and we've been very happy with it so far. Given the price tag, I might also look twice, because the manual awnings I've seen have their charm as well.
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I am with Jaxon. Just on this forum there have been failures. Even if that is only a small percentage of the installed awnings, when you want the awning to move, you want it to move, especially if it is stuck deployed. I doubt I would ever be near a dealer or ZipDee when it failed. I do not think the manual awning was ever a problem looking for a solution.

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We have backpacked and tent camped for most of our lives. We have also had a small camper and then one larger, now our Sovereign. We do not mind putting out our Zip Dee awnings as long as we are able. No problems with what others prefer.
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Ouch...That's a little out of my price range.

I have a 19' Bambi and I would try to do the retro fit. So probably a little cheaper.

Has anybody done the retrofit using the existing awning?
One of our customers had us install a Relax on a then-new 2014 25' Flying Cloud. They liked it enough to order a new 28' with the power awning.
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We have one, wish we didn't, although the electronics are pretty cool (when they work). It is not a good thing to wonder each time you want to deploy the awning if it will work, it is even worse worrying on the morning you are set to pull out, if the thing will retract...both have happened to us, although now with the "new and improved" motor and brain Zip Dee has replaced twice, they say they have the bugs worked out.
I, like others, have become a firm believer in the old tried and true awnings.
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