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Old 03-24-2012, 03:27 PM   #1
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Zip Dee Solar Shade Panel

I haven't seen anything on this Solar Shade when I do search and I am thinking about getting the 15' one.
Do any of you have this product, and what do you think about it?
I'd like to hear your Pro's and Con's on the item.
Here's a link to the Solar Shade:
http://awningsbyzipdee.com/4485/20385.html
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Old 03-24-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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The best solar shade fabric I've seen out at Burning Man is called Aluminet. The big advantages are that it lets wind through, doesn't reradiate heat, and is pretty sturdy. It is also a comforting, relaxing aluminum color .

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Old 03-24-2012, 04:05 PM   #3
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Drat. I was thinking this would be a solar panel installed on a zip dee awning.
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:00 PM   #4
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The best solar shade fabric I've seen out at Burning Man is called Aluminet. The big advantages are that it lets wind through, doesn't reradiate heat, and is pretty sturdy. It is also a comforting, relaxing aluminum color .

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Do you have experience with working with this material? E.g. It have you just heard I the conceptual material possibly being used by RV'ers??
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:19 PM   #5
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Very interesting !
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Old 03-24-2012, 06:31 PM   #6
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We have one from Zip Dee. LOVE IT. Had it at Burning Man in '10


Easy to install. Zip Dee sends snaps one installs on the awning roller, and the sun screen snaps to them. Drive 4 stakes and your done.

Typical Zip Dee quality.. Great.

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Mrs. barts here...

We haven't actually sewed with aluminet but have friends who made a shade for their camper van with great success. We plan to make a freestanding shade structure for the Tin Pickle for those hotter camping locations.
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Old 03-25-2012, 12:24 AM   #8
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We have one from Zip Dee. LOVE IT. Had it at Burning Man in '10


Easy to install. Zip Dee sends snaps one installs on the awning roller, and the sun screen snaps to them. Drive 4 stakes and your done.

Typical Zip Dee quality.. Great.

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Thanks for the feed back.

Did you drill holes in the roller to install the snaps?

What size shade do you have? 10' or 15'?
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The best solar shade fabric I've seen out at Burning Man is called Aluminet. The big advantages are that it lets wind through, doesn't reradiate heat, and is pretty sturdy. It is also a comforting, relaxing aluminum color .

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Thanks Bart and Mrs. Bart.
Did you see the Zip Dee material also? I'd like to hear a comparison of the 2 products if you have seen both.
I noticed the Zip Dee also comes in a silver color. Wondering if it's the same stuff?
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Other options?

We bought our Airstream about a year ago and the PO's gave us the shades they had. (They also had end caps but were unable to find them).
The screens were not made by Zip Dee but had been made somewhere down in "The Valley". (For you non-Texans that is below Corpus as you get closer to Mexico) PO's said they gave the lady the measurements and shortly thereafter had their screens. They are a fabric but a very sturdy fabric. They breathe and air does flow thru easily. You can sit under them and still see out just fine. Made to slide into the awning rail and get staked down in multiple points. Very nice for those hot Texas summer days. We need to figure out who did them and see about getting end caps made as well. Hoping to slow down the relentless bug attacks in the summer.

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I like the idea of the ZipDee Tropic Room! Awnings By Zip Dee
Our trailer is so small that it would be a tiny little room but to be able to stay away from the bugs......
We are thinking about it.
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How funny Bruce, I just finished watching your video... Yeah Skye priced these out for us and ZIP Dee is very PROUD (read that as $$$) of their products. But they do make very good stuff (we bought chairs instead) I cannot figure from the pics how the screens would attach under the trailer. And to keep out bugs you would have to seal that off as well...
Either way, congrats on your purchase and as I have said often..."This is the most expensive free site I have ever been on."
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... I cannot figure from the pics how the screens would attach under the trailer. And to keep out bugs you would have to seal that off as well...
Either way, congrats on your purchase and as I have said often..."This is the most expensive free site I have ever been on."
Casa3805 "Chuck?",
I wondered about this too, if you look at the picture of the tent, it seems that it is a 4 sided tent with zip up doors to get into the trailer and to get outside. The sides of the tent actually hit the ground and they have some kind of "water balloons" (my term not theirs) to keep the sides weighed to the ground without stakes.

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Yes, drill holes in the roller tube, and rivet snaps in place. The snaps are installed on the screen at Zip Dee, with grommets along the bottom edge for ropes.

We have a 27' trailer, and the actual length of the awning is 18'. I chose the 15' screen.

Not that big a deal to make, I would guess. If one can sew.

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