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Old 02-05-2005, 07:12 PM   #1
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ZIP DEE awning questions

Have an 84 34' limited. Getting it ready to sell. Just bought it, but now sister can't use it. Never had the awning out and don't have any manuals. Found some directions but not sure about certian steps. 'Turn the clamp wheel conterclockwise and swing the assambly toward the center to free the hard ware......also can't find the centerstrap they indicate to pull?????? I am sure I'll figure it out, but any help would be appreciated..........

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Old 02-05-2005, 07:22 PM   #2
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ZipDee is great. If you go to their web site, they have a full set of instructions for setting it up, taking it down, repair, and so on. I printed them off and filed them in our AS manual.
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Old 02-06-2005, 06:39 AM   #3
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Have an 84 34' limited. Getting it ready to sell. Just bought it, but now sister can't use it. Never had the awning out and don't have any manuals. Found some directions but not sure about certian steps. 'Turn the clamp wheel conterclockwise and swing the assambly toward the center to free the hard ware......also can't find the centerstrap they indicate to pull?????? I am sure I'll figure it out, but any help would be appreciated..........

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jmac,
The clampwheels are located on each end of the main awning..You just need to loosen them enough to drop over to the side..
It could be that your centerstrap was caught up inside the fabric roll..You might try a step platform to ease the awning open to fish out the strap..
You should find it there still, assuming it wasn't torn off.
Once you find it, have someone hold onto it while you're extending the end arms. Be careful of hand placement while doing this as it HURTS like H**L if the arm slips back in on you. (grab onto the upper curve part while extending)
One final note..
You may find it tough at first to extend due to the lack of use..There can be alot of crud buildup on the inner surface of each bracket. This would be a good time to really clean this part with a rag of sorts.
Good luck..
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1. Loosen the two screw wheels one at each end of the awning.
2. Pull down the locking mechanism at the front end of the awning.
3. Use your awning tool, the 1/4" aluminun rod with a 90% offset at one end and a curved handle at the other, and hook into your pull strap and pull out.
4. Obviously you haven't found this strap, so go to each end of the awning, two people.
5. Pull down on the awning support, as close to the upper end and as possible, this should unroll the awning.
6. With the awning extended go to the middle and put in the middle support.
7. There is a hole in the awning roll for this support. Put it into the hole and push outward with as much force as you can exert. You should feel it extend and hear it lock into place. Notice the small knurled button on the bottom of the support this is the release and will be on the end supports as well.
8. Go to the end support and place the free support over the rod at the end of the awning tube. Extend this arm the same way you did the middle support.
9. Rasise the support to full extention by pulling the release button and pushing upwards and outward.
10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 at the opposite end only do not fully extend. I leave at least on stop short of full extension just in case of rain.
Putting the awning away is a reverse of this procedure step by step
Hope this helps.
It sounds involved but should take, once used to the procedure, about 2-5 minutes to complete.
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Old 02-20-2005, 03:21 PM   #5
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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
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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
The awning should be spring loaded. A pull strap, like the other side, is pulled and you should have a cleat on the side of the trailer it hooks on to. Could it be that the spring is broken and the awning is duct taped to keep it from unrolling?
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it could be any number of things.. I can not see anything that would act as a retainer to hold it stowed. I have not cut the duct tape as it is back to cold weather here in Indiana. Maybe tomorrow it will hit 70 again.. Who knows. Thanks for the reply.
I am unable to post only to do a quick reply.. so I highjacked this thread.. sorry
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it could be any number of things.. I can not see anything that would act as a retainer to hold it stowed. I have not cut the duct tape as it is back to cold weather here in Indiana. Maybe tomorrow it will hit 70 again.. Who knows. Thanks for the reply.
I am unable to post only to do a quick reply.. so I highjacked this thread.. sorry
No problem. There is nothing to retain the streetside awning, only strong springs. You really have to tug on the strap to pull the awning out and heaven help you if it slips out of your hand.
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Ok, I have read the posts on the procedure to open my awning......but.....can one person do this without getting caught in anything and hanging there for life?
I have seen others struggle with this, and that was two people, but I am just One.
When I pull the middle part out and secure it, then is it ok to hold on to it and walk over to one end and secure that end first?If I have not learned how to do this alone, then during our Rally in GA I might try and talk someone into helping me with this process. Until then I will be awning-less
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I seldom use the middle brace unless there is wind or possible rain. When I do use it, I set it after the rest of the awning is erected. When putting up the awning alone, it is very awkward to try to set the middle brace before the awning is fully erected.

To answer the last post, I pull the awning out fully and simply move to one end while keeping a hand on the awning to prevent it from retracting. This is not difficult as there is little spring tension trying to roll it up. When at the end, it is easy to detach the upper arm and hook it over the axle. With that arm in place, the awning will not retract and I can move to the other end without even keeping a hand on the awning and hook that end.
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ZIP DEE awning questions

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Ok, I have read the posts on the procedure to open my awning......but.....can one person do this without getting caught in anything and hanging there for life?
I have seen others struggle with this, and that was two people, but I am just One.
When I pull the middle part out and secure it, then is it ok to hold on to it and walk over to one end and secure that end first?If I have not learned how to do this alone, then during our Rally in GA I might try and talk someone into helping me with this process. Until then I will be awning-less
As a Free Wheeler, I have always operated my ZipDee awnings solo without incident. My coach is a bit smaller than yours - - 26' 8" compared to your 28' (my Minuet doesn't have its ZipDee awnings -- yet). I typically release each of the lock wheels (I don't have the patience to use the "long-reach" handle so use a three-step mini-stepladder to release the catches), then open the awning to "Rally" position starting with front then rear - - repeating the process to take the awning to full extension. My awning didn't come with a center bow so cannot coment on where that would come into play. The ZipDee is remarkably easy to operate in comparison to its predecessor - - an A & E Travel Awn 5000.

You will likely find a Free Wheeler at your next big rally who will likely be able to give you some first-hand encouragement - - I know that it helped tremendously with my ZipDee during its first deployment.

Good luck with your awning deployment!

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Thank you John and Kevin for your help.

I did not realize it was not necessary to engage the middle support first. So, I will do as you suggest, pull it down and then hold on while walking over to one edge and hooking the arm over the axle.

If it ever stops raining here in beautiful sunny southern California I will practice doing as suggested.

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California?

Sue,
I thought you were in Palm Springs, FL. for awhile?
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No, no........Palm Springs, CA, you know the place that is in southern CA?

Really in a RV park in Indio, CA, just east of Palm Springs, California.
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