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Old 05-04-2021, 07:24 PM   #1
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Driver's Side Awning Rail

I notice that my 1994 Excella 25-ft has an awning rail on the driver's side. No awning, just the long rail. There is a small window awning over a single window, but there is no sign anything longer was ever installed on the driver's side.

When cleaning out under the beds, I found the remnants of what looks like a mesh manual awning - made out of the same stuff they cover greenhouses with, and it has a cord sewn into the long edge. My guess is that they someone used this with tent poles or something similar to provide some sun shade on the driver's side. Anyone seen this type of thing?

What was the original intent for this awning rail?

Was there an optional Zip Dee for that side?
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Old 05-05-2021, 07:10 AM   #2
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There are Zip Dees for that side, in various lengths. I suspect that sun screen was made up by a prior owner. It's not a bad idea, albeit not as convenient as the awnings.

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Old 05-05-2021, 07:49 AM   #3
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We added a drivers side (streetside) awning to our trailer a few years ago. We had to add the rail too, so you are lucky! Zip Dee sells these, ours is narrower than curbside (passenger side) awning, and designed to shade the windows and trailer on that side while still allowing you to fit in the campsite. It's about 3 ft wide.

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Originally Posted by richard5933 View Post
I notice that my 1994 Excella 25-ft has an awning rail on the driver's side. No awning, just the long rail.
What was the original intent for this awning rail?
MY 2017 FC has what I call the "roof channel" on both sides.
I have the street side awning and it does not use this channel.
My best guess is that Airstream did that to prevent rain from running off the roof and streaking the sides.
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Old 05-13-2021, 12:44 PM   #5
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There's an optional ZIP DEE for ALL SIDES! Everything we make is custom made for each make/model/year. If you have any questions, or are just looking for some support, give us a call at 847-437-0980!
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