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Old 05-27-2004, 11:48 PM   #1
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Adding an awning to 1970 Overlander

Does anyone know if I can add an awning to a 1970 Overlander? If so, how and how much? I have heard that Zip Dee is best. Also would appreciate opinions on the value of awnings?


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Old 05-28-2004, 12:49 AM   #2
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Does anyone know if I can add an awning to a 1970 Overlander? If so, how and how much? I have heard that Zip Dee is best. Also would appreciate opinions on the value of awnings?
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As you might imagine, having an awning enables you to extend your time outside~ In the early evening hours, sitting outside under the awning is just Kewl~It's also add value to your unit~
You should be able to have one installed..
I'd take the unit to a Airstream dealer or, the factory for their advise for best results~
You didn't say which, or how many window awning you're thinking about adding but...Cost wise, it's not gonna be cheap.. It depends on which type, and how many windows you want the awning to cover.
You're on the right track as far as Zip Dee, they are by far the best one suited for the Airstream. Besides, the folks at ZD are simply the "Best" people to deal with.. Not only now but, even later, many years down the road, should you ever need anything..(I don't know of anyone who has ever had a bad word to say about them, period~!)
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Old 05-28-2004, 05:20 AM   #3
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Hi Ken ! I replaced the awning on my 71 Tradewind last year ,there should be no problem installing one on your rig.As for Zip-Dee being the best ....... My 74 Tradewind has a Zip-Dee and my 71 has an A&E , Both are nice awnings personally I like the A&E better , the Zip-Dee is a little bit more awkward to put up and down. Tom
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Old 06-13-2004, 07:34 PM   #4
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Ken, I'm bring my 73 Tradewind in this week to have the awning replaced for it came off in a windstorm. The price wasn't too bad. About $1500.00. It's a 14ft awning and also its an A&E for it the one that came off.

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Old 02-12-2015, 05:05 PM   #5
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Reviving this thread to add: I have a 70 Overlander as well, and I'm wondering what was available for this model on the day it was sold to our prior owner in 1970. Or where do I go to find out? We've kept the thing pretty original. If it was only ropes and poles, I guess we'll go with that. If it was either, I'd prefer zipdees all around. TIA. Helen
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Old 02-12-2015, 05:58 PM   #6
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Zip-dee best there is. I had carefree on my 76 When I pur. new, some people like them but they install at bottom thru rub rail w/lag screw in time they pull loose any amount of effort or ideas will not work to keep them secure at bottom. I had one of original zip-dee awnings that Henry installed himself at our farm. I got rid of carefree several yrs. ago now zip-dee all around not cheap but best. Carefree no longer makes curved arms so something else to consider when buying & how long parts avble. Zip-dee employ owned not going anywere.
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