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Old 03-16-2010, 08:49 PM   #1
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Zip Dee support arm stuck

Unrolled awning after removing duct tape from arms. Pulled the pin to extend arms/raise awning and arms are stuck in the tube. The support arms extended freely. Having already broken some things by using force, decided to come here for advice. Am I missing something other than pulling the locking pins? Used slight pressure to pull, but neither side would budge. Good news is is that fabric looks great with only mild mildew after being rolled up for eight years. Any help appreciated. Thanks. Jack
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:06 PM   #2
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Unrolled awning after removing duct tape from arms. Pulled the pin to extend arms/raise awning and arms are stuck in the tube. The support arms extended freely. Having already broken some things by using force, decided to come here for advice. Am I missing something other than pulling the locking pins? Used slight pressure to pull, but neither side would budge. Good news is is that fabric looks great with only mild mildew after being rolled up for eight years. Any help appreciated. Thanks. Jack

When I was at the Sarasota Rally I watched the Zip Dee mechanic use silicone spray. He made sure the AS owner knew he was to use pure silicone, no additives. I would spray it and leave it to work then try to move it. If no go contact Zip Dee, they seem to have good service ethics.

I hope this is of some help.
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Old 03-16-2010, 09:15 PM   #3
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Good advice airdreamers, we had our awnings installed at Zip Dee and that is what they told us. to use silicone once each month on all moving parts.

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Old 03-16-2010, 09:48 PM   #4
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I agree...give the silicone spray a try before more drastic measures...we lubricate our ZipDee arms regularly because they do get "sticky" over time...it really works!
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Old 03-17-2010, 10:20 AM   #5
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Is it wrong to go out in the dark to work on your Airstream? Sprayed silicone down each arm. More silicone came out than went down the tube. They are a tight fit. Resprayed this morning and still very little is actually going down the arm. Will probably call Zip Dee. Will let you all know what happens. Thanks. Jack
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:10 AM   #6
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My arm is stuck too, and still can not seem to free it!I used wd40, should I just buy a new arm or is there a hope it will come free?
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Old 03-17-2010, 11:35 AM   #7
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If the Zip Dee arms are "stuck" it usually means corrosion, which would be rare, or. bent arms.

If the arms are bent, they can, within reason, be straightened.

If the straigtening routine doesn't correct the problem, then the only recourse, is replacing the arm.

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Old 03-17-2010, 12:11 PM   #8
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My Zip Dee arms were hard to adjust as well ... however, I found these videos on You Tube and just doing what was shown fixed the problem completely. That is if you have a bent arm. There are several videos out there. A must watch for Airstream owners with Zip Dee awnings.

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Old 03-17-2010, 01:56 PM   #9
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Spoke with Zip Dee. First try to spray with silicone. WD40 attracts grease/dirt. If that fails, then he suggested to remove arm from awning where more "force" can be used to try and separate the arms. The power of the spring is in the left (rear) arm. The uncoil action can cause some serious harm to person and camper. Will have to think about this one and get some more advice. Will update with more. Did give the arm a gentle whack with a rubber hammer to see if that could loosen up the corrosion.
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Old 03-17-2010, 02:30 PM   #10
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We have used aerosol Teflon mold release for lubricating some items that you don't want oil residue on. This might work, as it is a dry coating.

If you can't find it at a hardware store, check hobby shops. It is also used as a candle mold release agent.

Hmmmm, wonder if this would work on the toilet flap...
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:48 PM   #11
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I have to slightly push the arm away to extend mine. There is an angle issue which jams the mechanism. Don't see why but there is with mine.
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Old 03-18-2010, 06:06 AM   #12
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WARNING...DANGER....DANGER! Even though I knew to unwind the left arm to take tension on the spring before removal I did NOT unwind it enough. The result was not pretty. Do not have to worry about "new car's first dent". The spinning end of the awning flew to the ground after putting a nasty gash on my left wrist and then placed three dents along the bottom of the camper. Thought the spinning and bumping and crying would never stop! And I knew better. At least I got one support arm working. More on this later. Stupid Jack
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:33 AM   #13
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Thumbs up Arm helpers....

Ran into the sticking problem several Seasons ago, learned the lesson...
Keep 'em lubed!!!

Got a pair of these from the AS Store, they help a lot, easier up and down action and prevent those NASTY skin pinches which can ruin your day!!!
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Holy cow, Jack - what a rude awakening. I think we are all feeling your pain.

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