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Old 11-17-2018, 07:36 PM   #1
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Are folding arm awnings available for RVs?

Considering options for awnings for our Airstream as have never had one and saw this on a business while on vacation.
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Was wondering if these horizontal folding arm awnings are made for RVs or if anyone has modified these to fit on RVs.
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Old 11-17-2018, 07:50 PM   #2
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Old 11-17-2018, 08:04 PM   #3
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Take a look at some of the high end motor homes and fifth wheels. That's all you see. They are electronic and have a wind sensor on the roof that is supposed to tell the awning to retract if the wind is over a certain speed.


Now go out and talk to those who actually have those awnings. Some of them will tell you that there is a difference between theory and reality.
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Old 11-18-2018, 12:14 AM   #4
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Overlander63. Thanks. That's what I was thinking of. Any idea of where they can be purchased (separate from the trailer of course)?

kb0zke. The theory vs reality comment...is that regarding the folding arm awning or the wind sensor? Would be able to live with an impractical wind sensor but if the whole unit is a piece of junk than will scrap the idea altogether.
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Probably a bit of both, Jeremy. My 1993 Foretravel has a Zip-Dee awning very similar to the ones used on Airstreams, which means that the arms on the ends form a triangle. Those cantilever awnings have no support other than the pair of folding arms, so there is nothing to hold the awning down in a gust of wind.


You might be able to put a couple of ground anchors in and run a rope to the ends to help with a sudden gust. Best practice is to take the awning in whenever you aren't actually there to jump up and bring it in.


The other thing I don't like is that they are all electronic. If the motor decides to quit while the awning is extended good luck in getting it stowed. With the Zip-Dee, I AM the motor, and if I die anyone can stow the awning.
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Considering options for awnings for our Airstream as have never had one and saw this on a business while on vacation.

Was wondering if these horizontal folding arm awnings are made for RVs or if anyone has modified these to fit on RVs.
The Fiamma F65 Eagle awning that comes on late-model Airstream Interstates is that type of awning.
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The other thing I don't like is that they are all electronic. If the motor decides to quit while the awning is extended good luck in getting it stowed. With the Zip-Dee, I AM the motor, and if I die anyone can stow the awning.

Good one!
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See the folding arm awnings all the time on high end coaches.
To me it puts tremendous loading on the roof in times of gusty wind. Most have an automatic wind speed closure, but they're not for me.
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ZipDee says they are working on a wind sensor for their Relax auto awning.
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