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Old 10-21-2004, 09:33 AM   #15
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Our metal awning "stick" is in permanant storage. The knobs never seemed to get tight enough using the stick, so I just carefully stand on one of our fold-up chairs and hand tighten the rear knob, hook/unhook safety hook. The front knob, I stand on the entry step, and reach to tighten that one. This is on a Bambi, so on longer trailers, using the step may not apply. If we leave our campsite, or are going to sleep, I always roll up the awning. If for no other reason, to keep it dry in case of rain. Unless we are camping in the Mohave Desert.

Set up time is now under three minutes for our awning.


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Old 10-21-2004, 10:19 AM   #16
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Our 1983 34' Avion has the original Zip-Dee awning. It took all of our combined strength to open the 23' awning until we realized that the spring was wound entirely too tight!! We released the tension to the factory recommendation (1 turn for each foot of awning length) and now we can open it single handedly. By today's standards, the Zip-Dees are dinosaurs, but then again, isn't that what attracts us to our silver beasts??

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Old 10-21-2004, 01:57 PM   #17
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Originally Posted by crazylev

I just carefully stand on one of our fold-up chairs and hand tighten the rear knob, hook/unhook safety hook. The front knob, I stand on the entry step, and reach to tighten that one. This is on a Bambi, so on longer trailers, using the step may not apply. Jonathan
I found a two step aluminum "A" frame ladder, with an Airstream blue top step at Home Depot. It weighs nothing and fits easily in your rear storage compartment. It looks like it is a custom accessory.

The ladder makes take down and storage a breeze. Especially when you are trying to do a quick lock down because of an approaching storm.

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Old 10-21-2004, 05:51 PM   #18
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Originally Posted by nettepdx
OK, tell me the truth, have any of you ever had the wind tear off or damage your awning?
Not us, but our neighbors in the next campsite had their Zip-Dee twisted like a pretzel in a severe storm summer before last. I helped him dismantle it with as little additional damage as possible, he was not a happy camper!
BTW, Southwest Florida is warm and dry this time of year. Corps of Engineers campgrounds here are about $15/night, with water and 50 amp electric.

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