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Originally Posted by cldaustin
We just bought a 1967
Overlander, and I'd love to buy my sweetie a side-attached awning for it. I don't have a clue where to start. The Zip Dee site is not much help, to say the least. I'm in Austin, Texas. Thanks in advance--Chris
There is really only one viable choice in new automatic "roller-type" awnings for our Vintage Airstreams and Argosys - - Zip Dee. The other major RV awning manufacturers have abandoned our market segment in that they no longer make or support the special curved awning arms that are necessary for our coaches. In reality, it has been my experience that Zip Dee is a superior product - - at least when compared to the A & E Travel Awn 5000 that was installed on my Overlander in the mid-1960s.
My suggestion would be to find your nearest Vintage Friendly Airstream dealer or nearest Zip Dee dealer who would be willing to measure your coach for the awning. The repair technician at my Airstream dealer, who has been selling Airstreams for several decades, took his time carefully measuring and checking with Zip Dee to be sure that my new awnings were properly fitted (for my '64 Overlander) - - at the time, I was advised that this was necessary to be sure that the awning arms would fall at the proper attachment points. It was worth having the job done correctly as all three awnings have been absolutely trouble-free (I also purchased two sets of window awnings) - - after four seasons, I have no regrets with this upgrade as the Zip Dees are fantastic awnings. The awning on my Overlander is actually a few inches narrower than the length of the factory installed awning rail to allow the arms to be at the correct attachment points - - the previous A & E Travel Awn 5000 had bee sized for the maximum allowed by the awning rail and the arms fell outside of the structural supports causing the arms to continually need mounting attention.
Good luck with your coach!