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Old 08-27-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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Adding an awning if not originally installed.


I am wondering if I can install a complete awning, hardware and all. My 1967 26' Overlander doesn't have one. I'd like to add one. Is it possible to do?

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Old 08-27-2013, 01:58 PM   #2
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the quick answer is yes.
you will need to get one with curved arms that fit against the AS when in the closed position. if your AS does not have an awning rail then that will need to be installed first. I am not sure if ZipDee is the only ones making awning that fit the airstream.
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you can go with a vintage style that has poles and ropes. it is removed completely when not being used.
here is a source for the vintage style. Vintage Trailer Awnings
they also have the awning rail if you need that.
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Old 08-27-2013, 02:40 PM   #3
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I have a "period" Carefree of Colorado awning on my '75, and it works pretty well and the arms are quite sturdy, I'm happy with it and not considering changing it.

However, my '76 has no awning at all and I'll likely go with ZipDee. I don't think Carefree or A&E are manufacturing new parts shaped to match the curve of Airstreams, but even if they were, their new price is a big enough fraction of the ZipDee price that (to me) it's worth paying the difference for ZipDee's reputation of customer service and support, and their use of Sunbrella awning fabric.
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Old 08-27-2013, 04:45 PM   #4
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Zip Dee has the only "permanent" awnings for your trailer, and they require a little custom fitting to get them right. Otherwise, you will be looking at pole awnings that you will have to slide in the awning channel and stake it in the ground.
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Old 08-27-2013, 05:19 PM   #5
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I installed Zip Dee awnings on our 65 Safari and it was a pretty easy install. Take your time, read directions well and it helps to have a buddy to help with the heavy lifting.

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Old 08-29-2013, 05:52 AM   #6
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That's great! Thanks for the confirmation and tips on how and where to do this.

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