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Old 01-29-2018, 09:04 AM   #41
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What you said. I once saw an awning ripped off a big class A by a sudden afternoon windstorm while the owners were away from the campsite.
I use to loath ( have an occasional lazy streak in me) the frequent Deploy and Retract routine so I would take a chance and be forced out of bed on occasion.
The sweet thing about the automatic is that now before I lock the door I hit the button and presto. When we return unlock the door and hit the button again.
Not having it on the previous AS I did not miss it and like most thought who needs the complication. It came with the classic so now I am getting spoiled.
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Old 01-29-2018, 09:30 AM   #42
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I use to loath ( have an occasional lazy streak in me) the frequent Deploy and Retract routine so I would take a chance and be forced out of bed on occasion.
The sweet thing about the automatic is that now before I lock the door I hit the button and presto. When we return unlock the door and hit the button again.
Not having it on the previous AS I did not miss it and like most thought who needs the complication. It came with the classic so now I am getting spoiled.
Be careful, cause it might just decide to deploy itself back out. Mine did one time during the night. Mine seems to have a mind of its own...
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Old 01-29-2018, 10:45 AM   #43
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Be careful, cause it might just decide to deploy itself back out. Mine did one time during the night. Mine seems to have a mind of its own...


2016 or 2017 onwards has a power disconnect “off” switch on the control panel. I always cut the power on mine when it is retracted.

They continue to address the glitches / bugs. I embrace technology and don’t mind being an early adopter at all.
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Old 01-29-2018, 11:14 AM   #44
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I was somewhat apprehensive about having an automatic awning on our 2017 2017 classic. I accepted it thinking if it becomes problematic I will swap it for a manual. To date it has performed 100 percent trouble free and since I can deploy it manually should something go sideways I love it.
The manual can be adjusted a bit better however being able to simply push a button and retract when I feel like it is really great..
I recall many of nights when the wind picked up or started to rain heavily, getting out of bed going outside the retract the awning.
It's probably kind of weird but I actually kind of enjoyed the little ritual of extending and retracting the manual awning. That said, we haven't had the '18 Classic very long so maybe I'll come to appreciate the power awning, especially if it remains trouble free.
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Old 01-29-2018, 12:09 PM   #45
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They continue to address the glitches / bugs. I embrace technology and don’t mind being an early adopter at all.
I don't consider this thing technology, just a Rube Goldberg contraption of motors mounted in moving assemblies, non lubricated arms going in and out, wiring routed everywhere, inaccessible access ports, and failure prone controls. Not to mention Zip Dee doesn't offer individual parts to fix it. You have to buy expensive complete assemblies like the support arms at $1500 each.

I am an engineer and I love well designed electrical and mechanical devices and "gadgets". I own a lot of them and have beta tested many of them. This ZD power awning ain't one of them. I would like to know what improvements have been made since my 2014. I asked ZD service when mine failed the 3rd time and they couldn't give me any. Just looking at the new ones from the outside, I don't see any changes.
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Old 01-29-2018, 02:20 PM   #46
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Sigh. I'm getting old and crunchy, and would love a power awning, but this system does NOT seem ready for prime time yet.

Our hack is to park so the streetside awning takes the most hot sun. Deploying that awning is unlock, grab the strap, and pull, then hook the strap on the easily reachable hook gizmo that holds it open. Mere seconds to deploy. Ditto on retract. If you are not going to be driving, you just leave it rolled up, latch when ready to leave (yes, it's on the checklist TWICE).
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Old 02-27-2018, 02:24 PM   #47
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Interesting posts. I really wanted to get a classic but opted for a FC because when I asked dealer "where is the mechanical backup when the electric awning fails?" they responded with" There isn't any" Hmmmm.


Actually I was wrong here. There is a way to mechanically roll it it up according to the Zip Dee owners manual. Process too long and complicated to discuss here. Seems it literally requires two men and a boy to do it. Ladies are also welcome. Not for me, thank you very much.
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Old 02-27-2018, 02:58 PM   #48
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My soon-to-be 28 Serenity was ordered with a manual awning.
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My soon-to-be 28 Serenity was ordered with a manual awning.
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