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Old 06-05-2017, 01:09 PM   #1
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Possible to shorten Zip Dee Awning

I am considering purchasing a used awning but it has been difficult for find the exact size I need.

I have a '76 Ambassador 29' which would require a 19' awning. I see a lot of 31' Sovereigns which I could part the awning off of.

So, is it possible to shorten the length of a Zip Dee Patio and road side awnings by a couple feet? Has anyone completed this task, if so, are there any resources out there.
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Old 06-05-2017, 01:15 PM   #2
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When you say length it sounds like you are talking about side to side measurement. Yes, I have had it done by an upholstery shop. An awning shop should also be able to do it. The hardest part is removing/ reinstalling to the roller
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Old 06-05-2017, 02:02 PM   #3
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Yes it is not too difficult. You remove the end cap without the spring, cut the tube and fabric and put it back together.

Be very careful removing the awning from the trailer. The Zip Dee site has instructions on how to deal with the spring arm and the proper way to remove the awning.

With the awning off measure everything very carefully to determine the amount of tube to cut off. The wife took a portable sewing machine outside to cut and re-hem the fabric. She had to do a little hand stitching to finish around the tube. Rivet the end cap back on the tube and install the awning on the new trailer.
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Old 06-05-2017, 03:00 PM   #4
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Make sure you useuv stable thread... otherwise it will rot a d you will be redoing this in just a season!
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