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Old 05-07-2007, 08:16 PM   #1
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Problem with awning

I just bought a vinage 74 Land Yacht Tradewinds and I cant figure out how to let the awning down. Does anyone have any tips? This is my first Airstream and I would appreciate any info anyone could give. Please don't assume that I might think what you could tell me is unimportant. I am absolutely GREEN when it comes to this stuff. I tried to pull a couple of levers to let the awning down, but they would not move.
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:24 PM   #2
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Depends on the awning......... On a Zipdee there is a release knob at each bracket at the ends of the roller. On a EZ try lifting each arm straight up an inch or two to get it to release.
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:26 PM   #3
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How do I tell which type it is?
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Old 05-07-2007, 08:35 PM   #4
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They are usually stamped somewhere, usually on the end cap or arm bracket at the top end of the extension arm. I think (but am not sure) the factory used EZ awnings that year. There are a few aftermarket awning possibilities too. The bad news is if it is original and you need parts they may no longer be manufactured. In fact I think EZ is out of business.

Post a photo and someone who knows a little bit more than me should be able to help you out at least to pin down what you got.
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The awning doesn't just let down. It's held up with a big spring inside the drum around which the fabric is wound.There is supposed to be a pull tap of awning fabric in the center. You pull on that to start the awning unwinding. If it weren't for the spring, you couldn't retract the awning when you were done with it.
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Old 05-08-2007, 12:11 AM   #7
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I'm new to the forum. How do you post a picture?
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Old 05-08-2007, 10:54 AM   #9
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Don't do anything that seems hard or a little tough.

Done correctly, it is very easy.
I broke the brake loop off doing it wrong, and pulling like crazy.

If photos are not up here latter today, will get you some.
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Does the ends look like this?



Oh...Zip Dee is still open
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:36 PM   #12
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Help with a non Zip-Dee awning

I posted last night with a question about how to unroll a 1974 Tradewinds awning. Not sure what happened to that post. It is not a Zip Dee awning and I can't get it to budge. It looks like the canvas may be in rough shape, but I can't get it open at all. I' am totally new to Airstraming as I have only owned my 74 for 4 days now. It is in need of some minor restoration and I really need some help on how to undo the awning so I can let it out. Any suggestions?
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Is it a Carefree? Link to scans of manual in post 5. Some Airstreams back in the 70s and most of the Argosy trailers had these. Carefree is still in business I think. My Argosy awning is about 7/8ths intact and can be jury rigged with Hold-Awn straps.
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Old 05-08-2007, 09:57 PM   #14
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I honestly do not know.
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How can I tell?
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Aha! Closer pics: http://www.airforums.com/forums/f442...elp-29041.html

I dunno -- I don't recall much for badges, tags or labels. Does it look like these Carefree pics? Carefree was the only other significant awning maker Airstream used at the factory. Doesn't stop a previous owner from installing a 3rd type though.
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Old 05-08-2007, 10:07 PM   #17
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I suppose it could possibly be a Zip-Dee. Where can I find pictures of the different kinds? I can't get the levers that let the bars move forward to unfirl the awning to move at all. I'm not sure if it is something simple that I just dont understand or what.
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Let me blow up one of the pics in the first link I gave you.
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A. Somebody in your first thread mentioned the canvas pull strap. It would be located about here or could be tucked up under the roll. My Carefree didn't really have a pull strap
B. Zip-Dees can have a metal cover and a disengaging hook in about this position.
C. Zip-Dees can have wheels that unscrew in both these positions. They rotate 90 degrees out of the way to allow deployment when they are unscrewed.
D. My Argosy Carefree has something in this position but the condition of my Argo Carefree awning is pretty stone age. I don't have any of the above A, B or C items -- I have to use plastic cable ties around the main struts to travel. It's not purdy but it works.
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The part at position D is what I ca't get loose so I can let the arms down.
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