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Old 07-31-2015, 08:20 PM   #29
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NWRvr: Youch that's painful. Seems like that would be a warrantee thing. Airstream really ought to put in a safeguard for that.
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Old 07-31-2015, 11:26 PM   #30
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This thread is making me nervous about ordering the power awning. I debated and debated on whether or not to get it and decided to go ahead and try it. Hopefully with precautions all will work fine.
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Old 08-01-2015, 12:19 AM   #31
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I wouldn't be nervous about getting one. We love it - works great and is so easy. It just needs to have a switch on it to unpower it when on the road, and completely avoid this potential (and apparently rare) issue.

I don't know exactly how NWRVR's caused so much damage when it opened, but ours opened at 60 mph and it didn't hurt it at all. Sturdy product. I wouldn't want to try it again though. ;-)
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Old 08-01-2015, 11:18 AM   #32
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About 3 years ago I had called Zip Dee to enquire about replacing the main awning (it being then 25 years old). The Z-D rep mentioned that they had power awnings and that there was a kit that they could retrofit onto my existing awning. I thought about it and came to the conclusion that this would invoke two principles: (1) it would violate KISS and (2) it would trigger Murphy's Law. So I decided against it. My existing awning is easily set up (unlike the awning that I had when I owned a 1994 moho), so why tempt fate.
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Old 08-18-2015, 07:44 AM   #33
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Communicated with ZipDee as well and they do recommend a power cutoff switch, which will also cut the parasitic draw when boondocking. Stopped at Jackson Center where they were unaware of any issues with the power awning, but installed a cutoff switch for me. Something less to worry about!
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Old 08-19-2015, 09:36 AM   #34
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Where did they install the switch and is it the same style as other switches as to "look" good? A pic of it would be nice. I haven't got around to fixing this yet, but do plan on it. thanks
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Old 08-19-2015, 11:05 PM   #35
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Not to say any thing bad about Airstream or the dealers but they always say that they have not heard of "such and such" problems.
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Old 08-21-2015, 10:34 PM   #36
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It seems that if ZipDee recommends a power isolation switch they should have included one in the control panel. Wouldn't you think?
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Old 10-20-2015, 04:21 PM   #37
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fuse for the power awning

We have the 2015 Classic with the power awning and wondered if someone could tell me where the fuse for the power awing is? I would like to remove it while pulling down the road. I did travel to Elk Grove Village and have the updated chip installed, the operation of the awning checked and everything is good to go, just don't want to look in my mirror and see the awning opening.
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Old 10-20-2015, 05:29 PM   #38
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This thread is making me nervous about ordering the power awning. I debated and debated on whether or not to get it and decided to go ahead and try it. Hopefully with precautions all will work fine.
Guess I am wondering about all the concerns here as we do not have, nor ever have had a "power awning". I can get ours up in less then 3 min. by myself and same goes for retracting....what am I missing by not having it powered-- a free hand to hold a beer or what? Maybe the 30' model is more of a challenge?
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Old 10-20-2015, 09:04 PM   #39
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Latest from Airstream on problem

We have been quite concerned about the stories of ZipDee electrically operated awnings opening at weird times. We asked our dealer to check it out with Jackson Center.

The reply was that AS acknowledged the problem and cited the board as the problem. AS told the dealer that the problem is fixed and a new board has been installed in the new models. That seems to fit most of the posts.

We had really considered doing without the electrical operation and going with manual. Since AS recognized the problems and told the dealer about the fix, we are going to take the chance on it. Have not asked about a separate cut out switch.
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Old 10-20-2015, 11:27 PM   #40
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I have not officially taken delivery as yet but I have seen my new Classic. I too was quite wishy washy about the power awning but went ahead and ordered it. The trailer is currently having other goodies added to the trailer but the first thing I added was the cut out switch. So with this switch no power to the awning until I hit the switch first. Getting quite anxious for the walk thru and actually taking delivery.

Dometic has a vacuum that can be installed in Rv's Wondering if anyone has any experience with these. Does not require a lot of space and comes with a 40' retractable hose. Could be a nice feature if it actually works.
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Old 10-21-2015, 12:02 AM   #41
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We have an International 2015 and it is fuse #9. Don't know on your Classic, but they are all labeled on the fuse panel door so guessing yours are labeled too.

Ours is in the shop for some warranty work so having them install a switch. I hadn't heard it was a bad board thing. Still think I want a switch and definitely don't want to keep pulling the fuse.
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Old 10-21-2015, 06:42 AM   #42
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Fuses

I will have to get my magnifying glass out to read the small print on the fuse label, but couldn't see anything labeled "awning". I did notice that the label indicates that every fuse to be 15 amp, but my panel has 2-3 20 amp fuses. We have never had any problems or issues with the awning, used it extensively this summer and we both love it.
Where are you having the switch mounted?
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