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Old 06-26-2008, 11:13 PM   #15
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You can put an awning rail just below your clearance lights. Make arms much like Zip Dee arms that attach to the coach via a bracket riveted to the coach and in place of bolts, use 1/4 pins. At the coach end of the awning material sew in the same flexible plastic they always use. At the outer part of the awning material, sew a pocked about an inch wide the full width. Make the awning about five inches longer than the pocket to allow for the part that hangs down. Drill a 25/64 hole hear the outer end of each arm. Get some 3/8 inch aluminum dowel to slide through the awning pocket and the arms. Make it a little longer than needed, drill holes near the end and use hair pin clips to keep the arms from sliding off the dowel.

To hold the awning out from the coach, make two stand-off rods that are in pockets along each end of the awning.

To put it up, slide the awning into the rail, attach each arm to the coach, slide the stand-off dowels into their pockets, slide the arms onto the aluminum dowel, secure with the hair pin clips and you're done. To remove, reverse the procedure, put it all together and roll it up. You can roll the arms and stand-off dowels up inside the awning. You can leave the outer dowel in the pocket.

It will be completely independent of your rear window.
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Old 07-05-2008, 12:42 PM   #16
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Thumbs up awning up look good

Got it on and looks good kind of tight ,but not bad and if you did not know to look for it you would never notice it.
Now all I need is a 14 ft window awning Billy
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Old 10-21-2012, 11:55 AM   #17
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I was searching this subject as I have exactly the same original issue. Answers above seem a bit contradictory. So can I put on a Zip Dee rear window awning with the distances in post #1 without moving the marker lights and not significantly interfering with rear window opening? Anybody got a photo?

I have a similar issue with the roadside awning. ZipDee installation instructions call for the awning rail 4 3/4" above the window frames. This would put the awning right underneath the kitchen stove vent. Problem?
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:22 PM   #18
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Zip Dee says they have mounted lots of rear awnings without moving the low lights with no problem. Said you can also mount the awning rail upside down.

They also said I can lower the awning rail on the roadside awning. Just not so low it interferes with window operation.
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