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Old 08-25-2008, 05:09 PM   #15
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I think you made a wise choice. However, If you would like to pursue the idea of 'armless' awnings, I can set you up with a lateral arm awning from Girard Systems, Zip-Dee or Carefree of Colorado (they all make them now). These have no vertical support arms and are held in place by lateral or horizontal arms that extend from the underside of the awning.

They are all electric, and have integral wind sensors that bring the awning in when a certain wind threshold is reached.

Be the first on your block to have one on your Airstream. They are standard equipment on all of the high-line motor homes.....
Hi Lew,

Yeah, I'm familiar with them all and Girard is the top of that list for me. I was looking at a Monaco Dynasty before we got that Airstream. Girard, Aqua-hot, Aladdin, and tag axle were the minimums I would do on a Class A unit. I would say that the Roadmaster chassis rides better than a pickup with the airstream, but something about an Airstream drew us to the close...

I did ask if Zip Dee's "Evolution" system worked on Airstream, but they told me "not yet" due to the curvature, which I understand. They do say they are "working on it" and should be "soon"...

We'll see....
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Old 08-25-2008, 05:17 PM   #16
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If you would like to pursue the idea of 'armless' awnings, I can set you up with a lateral arm awning from Girard Systems, Zip-Dee or Carefree of Colorado (they all make them now). These have no vertical support arms and are held in place by lateral or horizontal arms that extend from the underside of the awning.

They are all electric, and have integral wind sensors that bring the awning in when a certain wind threshold is reached.
Lew,
I've seen these on motor coaches and did like the fact that there were no arms on 'em... Seems though, that with an awning fully extended, there would be an awful lot of stress being placed on the side of the Airstream where the assembly attached since there's no support at the front end of 'em. But what do I know, I'm not an awnologist...

How much do one of them puppies cost anyway?
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:10 PM   #17
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I've seen these on motor coaches and did like the fact that there were no arms on 'em... Seems though, that with an awning fully extended, there would be an awful lot of stress being placed on the side of the Airstream where the assembly attached since there's no support at the front end of 'em. But what do I know, I'm not an awnologist...

How much do one of them puppies cost anyway?

$5K +.............

And yes, there would have to be a certain amount of 're-inforcements' made on the top of the A/S to mount one of these units...........
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Old 08-25-2008, 06:57 PM   #18
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$5K +.............
Yeeowza! I could probably get one of them Barnum & Bailey circus tents for $5K! 'Course... packing up and hitting the road would take a few days more... Girard's mighty proud of 'em, huh...

Hey... there's this guy who's got an Airstream for sale in the classifieds... $240K cheap! I'm sure he needs one of them!
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Yeeowza! I could probably get one of them Barnum & Bailey circus tents for $5K! 'Course... packing up and hitting the road would take a few days more... Girard's mighty proud of 'em, huh...

Hey... there's this guy who's got an Airstream for sale in the classifieds... $240K cheap! I'm sure he needs one of them!
No doubt that they are pricey....but so are the same type units from Zip-Dee and Carefree of Colorado (yes ............ Zip-Dee makes a lot of other styles than what Airstream uses on the silver bullets).

But don't forget, that for that lofty sum, you get a fully automatic, motorized awning with remote control, a rain/wind sensor....and you never actually lay a hand on the thing again!!
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Old 08-19-2011, 03:22 PM   #20
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for someone who's never had to replace a regular awning on an Airstream, what would one of those run Lew?
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Skye and I left our awning up and went a mile or so down to the river at Pedernales Falls State Park (TX). Horrible wind hit and I knew we were on trouble. When we got back the awning was still attached but check out the bracket. I think the only reason it was still on the trailer was we had ratcheted it down to stakes in the ground.
Luckily, there were perfect trees for "SLOWLY" working the support arm back into shape. And you gotta luv doing repairs on site. But I still think there may be some internal damage to the Zip Dee, seems to have a bit more slop when unrolling and rolling it up.
Never again we will leave it up when we leave, and I like the advice of rolling it up at night.
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Although this is an old post I would like to say I have been doing this for years with no ill effect to the awning on my CCD. Common sense dictates that you do not leave the awning out unattended. As far as how fast you can put the awning away with it ground staked - I'm sure I can do it as fast as the regular setup attached to the side of the AS. I have a quick release pin for the ground mount and the AS bracket (yes, one in each location so I do not have to worry about dropping it and picking it up in a wind). I know I have done the quick retraction faster than many neighbors who have three strings of lights, pool noodles on the arms and a wind sock attached to their awnings. I've seen many a RV'er out in a rain storm pulling that stuff off and mine is tucked away safely. So, maybe they do not recommend this method but it does work and keeps me from walking into and damaging the arm that way.
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