Thanks to all of you who responded to my dilemma of "Zip Dee or Vintage". I learned an awful lot about both types of awnings thanks to the forums vast, collective experience. Ironically, I'm going for a third option. My mind is made up and I'm setting my course for relatively unchartered territory, even if I have to manufacture it myself, I'm going for a: Rope-less, Frame Awning!
I've seen a couple of examples, (Shari's and R J Dial's) and have concluded that these awnings are both very cool and functional, especially on a small Caravel
. This is what I'm thinking:
Bigger shade foot print (the Zip Dee I have is only about 79" X 79").
No support arm to run into by the door.
A clean uncluttered look to the trailer when the awning is not in use.
Much lighter (my very small Zip Dee weighs 62 lbs.).
I can store the awning easily in my pickup within a tube mounted to ceiling
of the shell over the trucks bed.
I can mount it without having to remove or modify the stove vent cover.
It will occupy less space without the guy-lines staked beyond the awning.
I will save lots of money.
Someone will get a new Zip Dee awning for a less than new price.
( I see this as a positive others would see it as a negative).
Less complicated, less to go wrong, don't need a service technician to repair.
Replacement parts are cheap.
Aesthetically, for me, it's just totally cool man.
It is less convenient
Special pockets for the frame poles will have to be sewn into the canvas.
The frames are not readily available (I may have to make it myself).
They take a bit more time to set up and take down (however, what else are you going to do at your campsite all day).
And finally, the wind issue is still up for debate, no clear winner here.
Thank you for indulging my personal dilemma, hopefully you have found some information here useful. Please feel free to add, edit, correct, or enlighten me further, but for now...