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Old 04-25-2020, 10:20 AM   #21
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Old 04-30-2020, 05:50 AM   #22
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The repair was made. Your manufacturer can recommend a solution. Thanks for all the responses.
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Old 04-30-2020, 07:05 AM   #23
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Thanks for the update, and glad it worked out. Do you have any info as the cause?

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Please tell us how this happened, so that others can learn.

Was there rain overnight, and high winds perhaps? Was the awning in the "full up" position, such that it could trap rain, and get very heavy?
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Old 04-30-2020, 04:35 PM   #24
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I'm a little late getting to this discussion, but I have a way to keep it from being so very dangerous. This comes from a couple trailers ago from when I had to replace the springs. My nephew and I thought long and carefully about what kind of danger we'd be dealing with, and came up with this technique. It works for Carefree, not sure about others, so YMMV...

Retract the awning, and support it in that position so that you can handle the springs and such, safely. Then wind up the springs just enough to hold things firmly against the side of the trailer. The trick for us was making wood blocks to hold the awning just enough away from the side of the trailer so that we could get the vise-grips to go round and round.

Remember this works because the spring tension is WAY higher, with the awning deployed.

Carefree also sells a Manual (no springs) version of the same mechanism, it's not only safer to handle, but because it's manual, it literally locks itself in position against the side of the trailer. It's sold as a conversion kit, not that expensive, and pretty easy to install.

This may not be relevant for Airstream, but offered in the spirit that maybe there are similar solutions.
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Old 05-03-2020, 02:54 AM   #25
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The main arm bar on my Zip Dee awning snapped in two, the awning fell against the Airstream door, trapping me in the trailer!
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Glad you found a fix. Could you please let us know what caused this collapse, like rain, wind, etc.? A good learning experience for everyone IMO.

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Old 05-03-2020, 09:27 AM   #26
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Old 05-03-2020, 12:44 PM   #27
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Thanks for the update, and glad it worked out. Do you have any info as the cause?

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Seems Alpha doesn't want to answer that question...
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Old 05-03-2020, 02:17 PM   #28
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Would a Ď56 Bubble have an emergency window? I suppose not but the back window is big enough to crawl out unless my Quarentine Enhanched Butt wonít fit. Long drop to the ground if you go out head-first especially if you hit that back bumper. Geez now I need an Emergency Helmet.
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Old 05-04-2020, 07:11 AM   #29
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Thanks everyone. I'll give a status update at a later time. The good folks at Out-Of-Doors Mart in Colfax, NC have already put the new part in the mail.
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Old 05-06-2020, 07:36 PM   #30
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Would a Ď56 Bubble have an emergency window? I suppose not but the back window is big enough to crawl out unless my Quarentine Enhanched Butt wonít fit. Long drop to the ground if you go out head-first especially if you hit that back bumper. Geez now I need an Emergency Helmet.
Little Chick, your post was exactly what I was thinking about my 67 Caravel and similarly enhanced butt. Thanks for the laugh!

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Old 05-12-2020, 02:46 AM   #31
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The main arm bar on my Zip Dee awning snapped in two, the awning fell against the Airstream door, trapping me in the trailer!
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Would you please let us know whether rain/wind/etc. caused this failure?

It would be good to know the root cause.

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Old 05-12-2020, 08:21 AM   #32
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Is there something I missed that makes it a dealer repair?
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Would you please let us know whether rain/wind/etc. caused this failure?

It would be good to know the root cause.

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I likewise await the answer.
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