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Old 05-30-2011, 06:08 PM   #1
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Will a Zip Dee from a 1974 Airstream work on a 1961, assuming the length is correct? Is the curvature of the body the same?
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Old 05-30-2011, 06:33 PM   #2
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Will a Zip Dee from a 1974 Airstream work on a 1961, assuming the length is correct? Is the curvature of the body the same?
The arms are for a different curvature, but with a little effort, they can be reshaped.

Work with one of the arms, so that you can see the issue.

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The body style changed in 1969 and the trailer became a little wider, but it should be close. Length might be an issue since trailers in the 60s were mostly even length (yours is 24') and in the 70s they were mostly odd lengths.
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Be real careful if you are taking the awning off the 74. If the spring is wound it can do some serious damage to you and the Airstream. Also if the length is too long it can be cut down and an upholsterer can cut the awning fabric.
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The arms are for a different curvature, but with a little effort, they can be reshaped.

Work with one of the arms, so that you can see the issue.

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Old 06-02-2011, 07:48 AM   #6
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A call to Zip Dee confirmed different body shapes and lengths. FYI a guy on Mpls Craigslist is selling a brand new, still in the box, awning for 1968-1993.
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Also if the length is too long it can be cut down and an upholsterer can cut the awning fabric.
what does it take to "cut down"?
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what does it take to "cut down"?
The length of the roller tube can be shortened as well as the awning. Just cut the non spring end. Make sure the shortened length will line up with placing arm brackets over a rib in the body of the coach. The spring for the roller is under tension. It has to be CAREFULLY unwound and wound up again or you can easily get hurt. See my thread "Airstream Owies" if you like photos of blood and broken bones.

The awning fabric should be about an inch shorter on each end than the roller tube, and the aluminum flex guard a little shorter than the roller and a little longer than the roller fabric.

Somewhere I might have the exact dimensions, but maybe someone will chime in here. Or call Zipdee they will give you the specs.
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Just cut the non spring end.
...with a hack-saw? is it just a hollow tube at that end?
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...with a hack-saw? is it just a hollow tube at that end?
A hack saw would work. I used an angle grinder. The whole roller tube is hollow. Just make sure you make the cut equal and square. I measured it at least three times. You can cut it shorter, but not make it longer.
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Last fall I finally ordered a new Zip Dee awning. A dealer gave me a better price than ordering direct. So I ordered it through the guy who is nice enough to give advice and answers on this site. After providing him my s/n, he knew the EXACT length to order. GREAT! (I thought).
After receiving my long awaited packages and beginning the installation, I found that the tube was too long!!! UGH!!! After exchanging emails and photos it was found to be about an inch too long.
Now I wouldn't have my awning for my first big trip, DANG!
When I spoke to the nice lady at Zip Dee, the first question she asked was how I had measured my coach. Well, I didn't measure it because the dealer knew EXACTLY how long it should be. He didn't have me measure it. She told me that back in the day, not all trailers were built EXACTLY the same.
The dealer was good enough to cover the shipping costs back to Zip Dee and have it fixed. I received my corrected awning in good shape - after my big trip was over.

WORDS OF CAUTION: When ordering an awning, ALWAYS MEASURE YOUR COACH - no mattter what ANYBODY says.
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