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Old 09-23-2020, 07:45 AM   #1
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Removing ZipDee awning on a 77 Airstream

So I need to remove and repair the upper driver side Vistaview windows on my 77 Sovereign. It blocks access to the rivets. Iíve googled and looked through all the forums and even on the Zipdee website. There is no step by step process tgat I can find. Iím not removing it permanently so I dint want to drill out the rivets on the upper slide rail. I just want to temporarily take the awning and cover off. I took them off the front and back windows just by unbolting the side arms and sliding the entire rig out. My question is can I do that with the big awning. Just unbolt the 2 arms and slide it out or do I have to go through the process of unwinding the spring and all that?? This is probably an elementary question for this group but Iím half way through my first total renovation job and everything I come across is new to me. The awning Iím wanting to take off is approximately 25 feet in length. Any help would be appreciated
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Old 09-23-2020, 08:04 AM   #2
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The spring is still under a little tension even when its rolled up.
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Old 09-23-2020, 08:25 AM   #3
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I have taken my awning off a couple of times. Yes, you have to release the tension on the arm carefully. That was not a problem for me the first time since the spring was broken. The folding aluminum cover for the awning slides apart. You remove a sheet metal screw at one end to allow it to slide apart. I slid the awning forward of the trailer but I think you can go either way. You need a couple of ladders setup to support the awning as it comes out. There is no "flex" allowed so you have to hold it straight as it comes out. Spraying some silicone on the slide first might be a good idea. No, you do not really want to remove the rivets that hold the awning to the trailer. I did it by myself but a extra set of hands and eyes would sure help. The steel roller is fairly heavy.
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Old 09-23-2020, 08:55 AM   #4
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Is there the narrow piece of fabric between the awning cover and the roof channel? If yes, then slide that out. It attaches the awning to the roof. No need to move the roller assembly.
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Are you sure you have to remove the awning? roll it up with the arms extended and it should be out of the way. Also, depending on what you need to do to the window it might be done from the inside by removing the ring around the inner window.

On the 75 I had, I replaced the inner glass and cleaned things up nicely all from the inside of the trailer.
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I just reworked my Vistas with the awning in place on my '76. Takes two people. Use your pull rod to unlock the roller, have someone pull awning out just until the metal covering is straight out then lock the roller there. Then raise the support arm to the first lock hole on each side. This will hold the awning up and out of the way giving access to the Vistas. Wish i had took a photo.
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Is there the narrow piece of fabric between the awning cover and the roof channel? If yes, then slide that out. It attaches the awning to the roof. No need to move the roller assembly.
very correct...no need to remove roller, been there
thx molly
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