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Old 07-02-2016, 11:35 AM   #41
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If the scratch has penetrated the clear coat, temporarily protect it by coating the scratch with clear fingernail polish. The polish can be easily removed later, but will prevent water from penetrating and causing filiform corrosion.
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Old 07-02-2016, 12:04 PM   #42
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It doesn't look like it penetrated the clear coat. It just looks like a scuff mark.
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Old 07-02-2016, 12:30 PM   #43
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Sorry man! I had an awning flip up to the roof of my previous box trailer one afternoon. A few new brackets and bolts and we were back to working. The experience did settle a 5 year debate with my wife though. Her family always unhooked the arms and staked to the ground, mine always left them attached "lazy like." Well, after being mangled , despite ropes and long stakes, she declared me the right party.

I like that with the Zip Dee that it isn't even a choice to bring the arms off.
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Old 07-02-2016, 04:38 PM   #44
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Here's a closer look.

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Old 07-07-2016, 11:22 AM   #45
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Was wondering where you got your ladder?

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Old 07-07-2016, 07:39 PM   #46
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Was wondering where you got your ladder?

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Old 07-12-2016, 07:00 PM   #47
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Well, had the awning repaired today. Good news is that it is fixed. Bad news is that I tore a couple small holes in the fabric, and somehow managed to bend the awning tube ever so slightly, making the rollout "interesting". But it works. I'm declaring a win and moving on.



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Old 07-12-2016, 11:54 PM   #48
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Glad to hear things pretty much worked out.
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Old 07-13-2016, 12:37 AM   #49
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Those awning tubes must not be what they used to be. The tube on my 72 would be a real challenge to bend.


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Title doesn't make sense. The awning is not designed to stand up to storms, so it's not a failure of the awning in the conditions that the awning was designed for.

That's like saying a house that gets destroyed by a hurricane is "house failure" or driving a car through a flooded road and when it dies, a "car failure".
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Old 07-13-2016, 12:28 PM   #51
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Caveat: I don't have an Airstream yet - I'm only waiting for my order to be delivered but I've been reading daily. I have experience with this product below for use on clearcoat (I bought it 5 years ago and used it on 3 vehicles). The adhesive on the plastic disc that held the Velcro "hooks" just failed and delaminated ... I can fix it with new Velcro but I love it so much, I've been thinking about buying the pro-grade (10" pads/discs) and quart-sized scratch/polishing compounds.

Given there's no dent and the scuff is only in the clearcoat, this ought to work just like it does on a car's clearcoat.

https://www.amazon.com/3M-39071-Scra.../dp/B003NS5NK8

The abrasive is just a "light scratch removing compound" but then you go to the other pad with the polishing compound and it will buff out the gentle hazing you'll put into the clearcoat with the wet sand paper and compound. Try it on your car first and you'll trust it... The only problem I'd expect you to have is that you are so happy with the finish, you'll want to burn your drill up trying to do the rest of the Airstream! :-)

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Old 07-14-2016, 12:49 AM   #52
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Those awning tubes must not be what they used to be. The tube on my 72 would be a real challenge to bend.


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Keep in mind that in 1972 (if our 1971 is any indication), those arms were made from stainless steel.

They're now aluminum, which has materially (heh) affected the strength.

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Old 07-15-2016, 11:51 AM   #53
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I thought he was talking about the long tube that the awning cloth rolls onto.

I think the tube on my 72 would be difficult to bend. It is extruded aluminum, but it is pretty stout.


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Yes, I was referring to the tube the cloth rolls into. That seems to have bent. The arm just snapped in two.
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Old 07-16-2016, 11:37 AM   #55
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Ah... I need to remind myself to read twice, post once .

Good luck w/ the repairs.

I just checked (we're living in the Tin Pickle this month on our land on Lopez Island); the awning tube is galvanized steel (magnetic) on our 1971 w/ factory ZipDee.

They must have wanted to cut the weight.

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Old 07-16-2016, 06:09 PM   #56
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Well, I tested it this weekend and it seems to work ok. It rolled up fine. Consider me fixed.

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.... Guaranteed, if i bring it out the wind will immediately pick up. If it is sunny, it will start raining. If it is raining, it will turn to sleet.


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nice "BATTLE" scar.. !!! glad no holes in shell. the side seem to be stronger than the caps.

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If I designed a RV it would not have an awning.
I had one on the MH and I don't think I used it twice. I travelled out west where it gets windy, and most campgrounds have shelters from the wind.
However, it did manage to unroll in Kansas while I was driving I-70! I knew it was windy, because the small window awnings were banging on the side.
Suddenly, zooooop! I look in my mirror that the awning is in full sail. Not the arms, just the fabric. Luckily, I was 1 mile from an exit and got it rolled up. That night other RVs pulled in with their awnings cut off. Birds flew 5' off the ground. My drink slid off the table! Yep, Kansas can get windy! It was perfectly clear. Next day, beautiful, and calm.
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