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Old 06-02-2023, 11:15 AM   #1
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Tangled zip dee awning

When being retracted, our zip dee awning (2021) caught on a half open door. By the time we knew what was happening, it appeared one of the retracting poles was slightly bent and the awning material was beginning to bind on one side. We managed to get the awning fully retracted with one side slightly out of kilter. When trying to open, though, the mechanism binds up and can’t fix it self. We are in the middle of a cross country trip heading for the west coast (currently in Kansas). Advice?
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Old 06-02-2023, 12:02 PM   #2
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The awning support arms are Soft Aluminum….and can usually be straightened by Hand. Also, Zip Dee has posted a you tube on how to accomplish repairs on damaged awning/airms.
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Old 06-02-2023, 01:32 PM   #3
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Originally Posted by Boxite View Post
The awning support arms are Soft Aluminum….and can usually be straightened by Hand. Also, Zip Dee has posted a you tube on how to accomplish repairs on damaged awning/airms.
I think this is the video being referred too:

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Old 06-02-2023, 01:54 PM   #4
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Don't ask me how I know....

This looks like the same automatic relax awning on my trailer, and you can learn from my mistake too. Did this awhile back, same scenario...door halfway open and bent the strut. What I did was to remove the strut completely. It will need to be replaced (~$1000), something you can do on your own. If you had the manual Zip Dee awning then yes, you could bend the arm back.

You can still use the awning, you will just need to apply pressure (push on the arm towards the back of the trailer)on the side where your remove the strut when opening/closing to ensure it wraps somewhat even. I had no problem traveling with it in this condition either.

Order directly from Zip Dee, you will need to measure it for the exact one needed.

Good luck!
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