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Old 10-21-2002, 12:03 PM   #1
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Has anyone experience with the Carter Super Shade Mark IV (model 349) awning system. We've had some difficulty with roll out and getting the arms to lock properly, which is cetainly not a smooth task at least. However this may very well be due to age alone.

In the area of aesthetics I am interested in eventually replacing the awning fabric, although I am not opposed to replacing the whole unit with a Zip-Dee, which appears to be the leading choice. i am wondering what kind of expenses we can expect going either route, keeping in mind we are in an area with limited resources, certainly Airstream specific.

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Old 10-21-2002, 07:18 PM   #2
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Greetings Carmen!

I can't claim to be familiar with the Carter Super Shade Mark IV awning system that you have, but I had similar experiences with the A & E Travel Awn 5,000 that was on my Overlander when I purchased it nearly 8 years ago. I was determined to maintain the original equipment awning on the trailer since it had been there ever since I first met the trailer in 1964. After spending more than 1/2 the price of a new Zip Dee awning in repairs on the Travel Awn 5,000, I finally gave up and replaced the awninng with a new Zip Dee - - ended up splurging on window awnings for the bedroom and bathroom of my coach as well. The Zip Dee operates more smoothly and is much more attractive in its closed position than the A & E. The choice was even easier when the A & E rep told me that the only parts of my awning that would still be supported via new parts would be the roller tube assembly and awning fabric.

While it may be difficult to give up on the original equipment awning, it may be financially prudent as it doesn't take too long to invest a great deal in repairs before you know what is happening. The Zip Dee is an extremely high quality unit, and the three (main curbside, rear bathroom, and streetside bedroom) awnings were less than $2,700. installed - - my dealer called Zip Dee to get the precise instructions for measuring the awnings prior to ordering to be sure that he ordered the precise size with the proper hardware.

Good luck with your decision!
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Old 11-15-2002, 09:26 PM   #3
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I recently purchased a full set of zip-dee's used from colaw Rv salvage in carthage missouri . The full set with all hardware was about 800 dollars. A 21' and a 8' for the double windows and a 4' for the single window. I did not get the rear window awning because we have the original blinds in the back. They had a 2002 32 that they had just put on the lot the day we went. It was wrecked while it was being delivered and still had the plastic on the floor. So we got lucky and got the awnings off of it. Their web site is . We drove 6 hours to get there and I would have driven twice that far to save $1500. Good luck.
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Old 11-16-2002, 07:18 AM   #4
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You must have cleaned them out, I have been talking to them for three days trying to get Zip Dee Awnings and They are all out.

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Old 11-17-2002, 10:26 AM   #5
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Check the FIAMMA awning (in most parts catalogs or on the web)
I will be buying one with the grey fabric.
They are easy to install and to use , all you need to do first is have the shell painted grey.

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