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Old 08-16-2017, 11:37 AM   #1
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Remove zipdee awning

Can someone please direct me to the how to video for awning removal? It is no longer on the zip see site. Have searched YouTube to no avail
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Old 08-16-2017, 11:55 AM   #2
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I would call Zip Dee they will help you
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Old 08-16-2017, 12:28 PM   #3
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Not much to it.

The end of the roller toward the front of the rig is where the spring is.

Roll out the awing, unbolt the main arm from the casting and hold onto the casting. Let it slowly unwind what little spring tension there is.

The rest is simply unbolting and drilling out rivets.


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Old 08-16-2017, 12:45 PM   #4
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Here is the process to install one, just reverse it!

The spring is in the left hand cap, you can pull the awning arm in half at it's slip joint and it use the part still attached to the casting to hang onto and unwind the spring. You shouldn't need anything except a Phillips screw driver and a couple of 7/16 wrenches to remove everything associated with the ZipDee.

USE CAUTION! it can really cause harm/damage if that thing gets out of control!

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Old 08-16-2017, 03:24 PM   #5
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It took two of us on the window side and three on the patio side. BE CAREFUL! As my husband unwound the spring arm I held the awning away from the camper so as not to break a window and so he wouldn't break his arm! We have a 92-29' Excella. The window side was incredibly heavy, and it really took some work to slide it out! Of course we left the fabric on so that made it a lot heavier. Next time, canvas off, we have since decided to replace the fabric, he was removing for stripping and polishing. BTW, I did not find Zip Dee to be as helpful as I would have liked about awning cover replacement. In fact, I felt she was rather rude!
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Old 08-25-2017, 05:57 AM   #6
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Thank you all . Am slightly confused about the tension arm... one response says it's the cap at the front of the rig the other says left side ... is that facing to or away from the trailer. I know sounds like a silly question but want to get it right
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here ya go.
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Old 09-27-2017, 05:20 AM   #8
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Thank you all . Am slightly confused about the tension arm... one response says it's the cap at the front of the rig the other says left side ... is that facing to or away from the trailer. I know sounds like a silly question but want to get it right
Towmommy, I just went through the spring replacement process a few days ago, and it was actually pretty simple.
The (very dry humored, yet hilarious and helpful) woman at Zip Dee explained that the spring is always on the left side of the awning, facing the coach.
"So, you mean aft?" I asked (I only have the one, large awning).
She pointed out that the spring is to the left if you're dealing with the front window awning, same as the spring is to the left if you're replacing the non-door side awning(s).
Before calling Zip Dee, I didn't know that you don't have to remove EVERYTHING from the awning to replace the spring, so I drilled out ALL of the rivets (which is really much easier than it sounds) and removed the 20' long steel tube. If you don't have to do this, don't. It's not so difficult to reinstall, but it's unnecessary.
Also, don't drill out the 4 rivets holding the right side in place, unless you feel the need to replace the spring clips that hold the pin in place.
After releasing the tension on the left side, as outlined above in previous comments, drill out the 4 rivets holding the left cap onto the steel tube.
Mine was major stuck, so I just bashed at it with a hammer and busted the aluminum casting to pieces, BECAUSE I ALREADY HAD THE REPLACEMENT. Don't ever break anything to pieces if you don't have the replacement in hand.
The old spring came out in rusty pieces and the new spring/end cap slid in easily. I blew most of the rust dust out first with my MegaMaid shopvac switched to blow. I didn't wash the rust dust out because washing rust tends to accelerate further rusting.
The end of the spring, the part inside the steel tube, will catch either a row of steel (not aluminum) rivets (4 in my case, or a dimple punched into the steel tube.
Drill 4 holes into the new casting through the old holes in the steel tube, rivet and you're done.
The instructions included with the replacement were easy to understand and the process was pain-free.
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Old 03-06-2021, 10:18 AM   #9
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I know this is an old thread but I need to take my awning off to get the trailer ready for paint. Would it not be easier to remove the awing (in it's rolled up state) and just slide it off of the track or is that even possible?

BTW, there is nothing wrong with the fabric so don't need to mess with that.

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Old 03-06-2021, 10:41 AM   #10
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First you have to deal with the spring tension and remove the arms from the awning. Then the rolled up awning can be slid out by the hinged joint in the cover. There are "stop" screws in the joint that have to be removed for it to slide. I found a 10 ft step ladder makes a good helper to support the awning while sliding the joint apart. The steel tube the awning rolls on is pretty heavy and it all has to be held straight. A couple of people helping would be good but I managed it myself. All in all it is not really hard to remove and re install the awning.
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