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Old 09-20-2014, 03:25 PM   #15
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We have them too. I use them about half the time. Other times I just grab the arm and pull it out.
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Old 09-20-2014, 03:46 PM   #16
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I will get a lot of flack about this but people spend much money to buy AS & tow vehicle plus many other things for AS but cry handles to expensive when zip-dee awnings are in $3500 to over $4000 range.
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Old 09-20-2014, 03:50 PM   #17
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I will get a lot of flack about this but people spend much money to buy AS & tow vehicle plus many other things for AS but cry handles to expensive when zip-dee awnings are in $3500 to over $4000 range.
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Old 09-20-2014, 03:51 PM   #18
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Zip Dee awning lift handles - well worth it!

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Old 09-20-2014, 03:55 PM   #19
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Old 09-20-2014, 03:57 PM   #20
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I have them and use them each trip. The 4th notch on the front would be a challenge without the handles at least for me anyway. I too use a small step stool for the round knobs.
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Old 09-21-2014, 10:32 AM   #21
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Ditto on the step ladder for the knobs and the latch. I have a short 3 step ladder that I always carry along. It is much easier than trying to use the hook to unscrew and tighten the knobs.I do have a shout out to ZD customer service. When I bought my trailer it was missing one of the foam handle covers. I gave ZD a call fully prepared to buy one. They sent my a replacement free of charge.
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Old 09-21-2014, 10:46 AM   #22
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Keeping it simple

For me, 5'8", I have no trouble setting up the awning. When the ground slopes away I use the plastic folding step that I carry to access the bed of the truck.

When I first got the trailer the awning hadn't been lubricated in a very long time. It was hard to extend the awning by pushing on the roller. The physics of trying to extend this when lifting on the handle would be more difficult in my opinion. After lubing the arms it is easy to extend.

I could purchase the handles and they might make things easier although I doubt it. My ongoing goal is to keep everything simple. Don't pack stuff you don't need and don't buy things just to be buying things.
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Old 09-21-2014, 11:50 AM   #23
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Old 09-21-2014, 03:42 PM   #24
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I bought a pair a few years ago, and was not as enamored as you.
Mine are still on my awning, but I never use them. I'm 82 and about 5'8" and I still find it is just easier to just push up the awning with one arm and pull the latch with the other hand. I find using the handles very awkward.

I'll probably pull them off some day and flea market them. For now, they just hang there.
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Old 09-21-2014, 07:20 PM   #25
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What? There's a 4th notch? I thought that was why I have the door wheel to roll across the awning 😃
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Old 09-21-2014, 07:28 PM   #26
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What? There's a 4th notch? I thought that was why I have the door wheel to roll across the awning 😃
Yup, fourth notch doesn't need any roller....at least on mine.
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I can reach the top pushing on the roller and would have no use for them. Wifey can't, so they may be useful to her. However we seldom set the awning at the top, normally a notch down for better wind behavior, drainage in a rain shower, and sun protection.
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Old 09-21-2014, 09:23 PM   #28
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Mine rubs on 4th notch on one side and 3rd in the other - I'm still figuring out how I wanna go about fixing that

Door roller vs something g to prop up between the gutter above the door frame and the base if the awning

Or ask dealer to correct under warranty - not sure what they would do

I like the 3 step ladder idea for getting into my truck - and for the awning


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