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Old 02-25-2005, 06:32 PM   #15
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Now I feel really stupid! Palm Springs! I was thinking palm trees on the coast and automatically thought Florida. What an idiot. Johnhd, hand me another beer.
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Old 02-25-2005, 08:27 PM   #16
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Pictures on the web...

Zip Dee has a great web site, with user operating instructions, parts lists, etc.... For complete operational guide to curved (Airstream..) Zip Dee awnings, look at web site:
http://www.zipdeeinc.com/CurvedAwnOp.html

It really is pretty easy to operate alone, but small stool and direct reach is much better than using long metal wand thingie...

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Old 02-26-2005, 12:50 AM   #17
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Thank you John for the link................I will check it out and get more info to use.


I know it can be done by one person but guess I am a bit spooked, hate to look like a fool when the whole thing decides to roll up with me hanging on.

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Old 02-26-2005, 01:01 AM   #18
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Same problem

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Originally Posted by Ericjeeper
Ok Now how does one go about opening a window awning by Zip dee? I recently bought a used AS and it has two awnings one on each side.. The patio awning was pretty much self explantory..But the street side awning has duct tape involved.. what from factory is supposed to hold the awning rolled up? I think I might be missing some hardware.. but unable to find close up photos to see what exactly is either mising or defunct
Ericjeeper,
I had the same problem with one of my side window awning and, after ordering the new parts, etc..This is what I FOUND upon taking it apart..
As mention before, there is a spring inside that is clipped to a very soft metal pin to retain it. On mine, the spring had just slipped off the tip of the retainer..I could've just replaced that but, since I had the new parts, elected to go with replacing it with the new part..
The biggest thing is to take your time and after getting it all back together was "charging" the spring. Just be sure you don't let it didn't slip and kick you in the face...lol
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Old 02-26-2005, 07:28 AM   #19
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So I am assuming, (you know what that usually means) That I should drill out the rivets on the end of the drum and slip the end pieces out and see if maybe something has not simply come apart inside? I rolled the awning out yesterday took each arm loose from the unit..Found no spring tension on either end.. tried to wind the arms.. Seem attached to nothing on the inside. no resistance in either direction... Before I spend any money on repair parts? Maybe mine too has simply came loose on the inside.. Will each end have a spring inside?> Or just the lefthand (front)? Thanks
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Old 02-26-2005, 08:52 PM   #20
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Check Zip Dee for repaits/adjustment

The same Zip Dee website has detailed instructions on how to adjust spring tension of main awning, and window awnings are similar in being wound from left end.. There is also a page for repairs and parts..

If all else fails, they are great at repairs from factory, and it is pretty easy to box up and ship window awning to them in Chicago for repairs. If you're anywhere near that area, they also make appointments for repais in their service and install shop..

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Maybe I misrepresented the type of awning.. It is 17 feet long but does cover the windows.It is not the patio awning.. and would be a real bugger to ship. I will call tomorrow and order a new spring assembly for a 2.5 inch drum. Thanks for everyones replies
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Well I called Zip Dee on Monday. Ordered a new spring assembly. It arrived today, I was going to wait til the weather warmed up above freezing.. But said oh well git er done.. so it was a quick drill out the old three rivets and slide out the broken assembly with help of a broomstick to snatch the broken half stuck inside. slid the new assembly in drilled three holes popped three rivets in gave it 18 winds and put the bolt back in.. Good as new.. The travel latch is going to sit on the shelf a while.. atleast til it gets to 50 degrees. I would like to thank all for their replies.
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I was going to wait til the weather warmed up above freezing.. But said oh well git er done.. Good as new.. I would like to thank all for their replies.
Eric-

Glad to be of help, and glad to see Zip Dee still helpful and able to supply parts and services to keep awnings in working condition..

Really impressed that you'd brave winter storms and cold to head out and work on awning in freezing cold.. That's the kind of passion and dedication that makes this Forum and Airstream owners so much fun! Hope you get a lot of chances to enjoy the trailer after weather warms up!!

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