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Old 04-15-2017, 11:26 AM   #1
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Adding Zip Dee awnings

Hi all we want to add awnings to the other side windows and rear would love some pictures is it better to put one long awning or individual ones,your ideas and tips on installing would be great thanks

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Old 04-15-2017, 12:45 PM   #2
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Long awning on street side is preferred, protects from sun and heat. Long on door side, single on back as only one window.

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Old 10-03-2017, 05:24 AM   #3
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"Is preferred" is a sweeping generalization.
My home region in Virginia has some pretty horrific wind gusts, and the long door-side awning is a monster untamable. Actually, in a previous TT, a sudden storm at 2 am caught the awning, flipped me out of bed and would have rolled the trailer over had the support arms not broken, letting the entire awning go over the roof.
I'm not saying you should do as I do. However, I wish ALL of my awnings were short and manageable.
More fasteners through the skin... sure, but less stress overall on those fasteners.
What I really wanted was rivets, by heaven! Rivets. To get on with the work... to stop the hole.
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Old 10-03-2017, 05:47 AM   #4
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Old 10-03-2017, 07:36 AM   #5
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We put a long awning on our streetside, and find that it doesn't catch the wind as much as the curb side awning - less surface. That said, the mistake we made was not making it long enough. We have it from the front side window to the back of the rearmost window - should have gone to the next rib. Reason is that when it rains, if there's any wind, we can't keep that back window open because rain will blow in. That's our bedroom window, and we like to have it open at night. When you look at that side of your trailer to measure for the awning, you have to go rib to rib for support of the arms.
We don't have a rear awning, but have thought about it.

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Old 10-03-2017, 12:09 PM   #6
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We have a full awning package on our 2016 27FC. The street side awning is one continuous length. Love to deploy all awnings, weather permitting, to keep AS shaded as much as possible especially on the side that the refrigerator is at. One continuous awning would be good if allowable. Functional as well as esthetically pleasing. It looks cool to have all the awnings opened, especially at night! We place string lights on curb and street side awnings. Very Airsteam'ish! Tips-wrap Velcro straps around curbside awning arms while not in use. These awning's arms are vulnerable to getting damaged when towing or in storage in high winds. When curbside awning is opened and we're debating the breeze, we use the pull strap and stake it into the ground. One time we attached it to a picnic table. This helps to stabilize this awning. Clean off any tree sap, bird droppings and the like ASAP. Awning fabric cleans easily and dries quickly. And don't leave your AS and/or go to bed with especially your curbside awning left open.


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