There are video instructions on YouTube and .pdf instructions at the ZipDee website. Here is how I do it. Your setup may be a little different. WATCH YOUR FINGERS! KEEP THEM AWAY FROM ANY MOVING PARTS! These aluminum arms and rafters can really pinch you.
Deploying the ZipDee
- Use the pull rod to rotate the retaining wheels at each end of the awning to release them and move toward the center
- Release the travel hook with the pull rod
- Pull the awning strap down as far as it will go with the pull rod.
- Roll up the strap and tuck into the loop. (someone may need to hold the awning to keep it from rolling up but I am able to do this myself)
- Lift a rafter arm from its stowed position and put the hook onto the awning shaft.
- Lift the other rafter arm from its stowed position and put the hook onto the awning shaft.
- Pull each rafter arm toward you. It will "click" on the catch when fully extended. (mine takes a good sharp pull)
- Lift the horizontal arm by the door about halfway up.
- Lift the other horizontal arm all the way up, then down 1 click
- Lift the horizontal arm by the door the rest of the way up.
You should be able to open the door at this point.
Stowing the ZipDee
- At the horizontal arm by the door, pull the retaining "wheel/button" on the arm out, away from the arm to release the catch and lower the arm.
- Lower the other horizontal arm the same way.
- On each rafter, pull the retaining "wheel/button" on the rafter out, away from the rafter to release the catch. Rafters will now be loose and not supporting the awning.
- Unfurl the rolled up strap and let it fall to the ground.
- Lift a rafter from the awning shaft and stow on the travel support
- Lift the other rafter from the other side and stow on the travel support. (Awning can start to roll up, grab the strap on the ground while holding the awning shaft.)
- Put the pull rod into the loop of the strap and let the awning roll up
- Attach the travel hook on the awning
- Raise travel stow wheels into their travel grooves and rotate clockwise until tight
- I have short bungee cords I attach to the arms and rafters for travel because I'm a belt and suspenders kind of guy.
Hope this helps. Safe travels, happy streaming.