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Old 01-31-2013, 12:09 PM   #1
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Zip Dee Awning Main Arm clarification

Hey all,

sorry to post this possibly dumb/obvious question, but I've searched and I can't seem to scare up the correct answer.

My *Main Arm* at the *Rear* of my Zip Dee awning on my 2013 Airstream is suddenly difficult to open and close. I called Zip Dee and they figure its slightly bent, and that I should attempt a fix rather than replace.

they pointed me to this video:

Straightening a Bent Zip Dee Awning Arm - YouTube

and I also reviewd this video:

Adjusting Arms On Zip Dee Awnings - YouTube

of course, the video refers to the Main Arm at the *Front* of the Airstream, which isn't under any tension.

After reviewing the manual and forums here - it isnt' clear to me whether I can unbolt and remove the Main Arm from the Rear *while* the Awning is rolled up without damage or concern for the tension.

Do I need to extend the awning, remove any tension from the spring arm, and THEN remove the main arm? or can I leave the awning up and in place [closed] and remove it as simply as the front main arm is removed?

thanks for any clarification! I have this vision of unbolting the main arm at the bottom and the thing suddenly spinning around and smashing into the AS!


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Old 01-31-2013, 12:26 PM   #2
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Use great caution, that rear arm can instantly become an arm-breaking, face smashing device.
Unwinding the spring is best accomplished by two men, one with good upper-body strength.
Best to find a helper who has done this before.

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Old 01-31-2013, 01:12 PM   #3
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I suggest you call Zip Dee and talk to them, as mentioned this is a coiled bomb that could cause serious damage to you and your trailer if not done correctly.
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