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Old 05-06-2016, 12:07 AM   #1
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ZipDee awning release replacement?

Recently had my awning release break off. The piece you pull down to roll the awning out or push in to put awning in. Anyone know where I can purchase a replacement piece? Also any idea on how to replace it? Thanks fellow streamers.
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Is this part at the end of the roller? Photo would help. It sounds like the part you are talking about is the "Z lock". Most Zipdees don't have one. You need to get it from Zipdee. They are usually installed at the side of the roller not spring loaded. (In my case I have one on each end. Working on the spring loaded side requires unwinding the spring which can hurt if you are not careful) Pretty easy to replace. As I remember what I did was: extend the awning, tie off the awning so it does not retract, use a brace such as a stepladder to support the roller, remove the nut and bolt that holds the roller to the main arm, drill out the rivets that hold the Z Lock on with a 1/8" drill. Reverse the procedure for installing your new Z lock.

FYI/ the lever on one of mine broke off years ago. I used epoxy putty to do a "temporary" repair. Still works.

It can also be replaced with a non locking end cap, also from Zipdee.
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If you are talking about the strap with a loop that matches the awning you can get it from Zip Dee directly for about $25. They come in direct replacement colors and have installation items and instructions included. I replaced the ones on our '76 and have an extra one "just in case".
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That is the Z lock, although it looks like an older one. I may have an extra new one I can sell if you are interested. Send m a PM.
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Thanks all! Called ZipDee and they shipped me a repair kit for around $25.
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