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Old 04-28-2016, 09:08 PM   #1
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Removing a Zip Dee Awning

I am doing a exterior restoration to my 28' Airstream Excella and want to remove my awning before I start the clear coat stripping. I have 3 questions.
1. Should I attempt to remove the awning myself?
2. Should I have a professional remove it.
3. If I attempt it myself where can I find information on how to remove it.

YouTube I full of information on how to remove the fabric but haven't found anything on removing the frame. Can anyone point me in the right direction.

Thanks for the help
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Old 04-28-2016, 10:25 PM   #2
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I had a friend come over and help me remove mine last year so I could have the fabric restitched. It was a relatively easy job.

Right or wrong....I would drill out the rivets holding the fabric to the tube and remove tube. Then, I would slide fabric out of cover. You can probably leave the cover on the trailer for polishing.
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Old 04-28-2016, 11:58 PM   #3
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Don't undo the ZipDee without a lot of experienced advice and help. Remember the old rollup window shades with the spring inside? Think of that spring inside your ZipDee, but a hundreds times meaner and madder than your window shade if you let it free. Take your eyes out, from the back of your head. Or you can make it sit nicely bound and waiting like a bouncing betty.
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Old 04-29-2016, 02:04 AM   #4
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Mine has a lock on it....his is about the same year, I bet it had a lock, too.
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Old 04-03-2020, 02:18 PM   #5
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For anyone still looking on how to remove their zip dee, I made a video about it. Click here to watch
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