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Old 07-23-2015, 04:37 PM   #1
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Want a zipdee but shipping is a killer!

Too bad the estimated shipping is $300-400! (Maybe more?!)

Wish there was alternative to such high shipping. I know that it's because it's a long tube to transport but sure hate that the shipping is so high! Ugh.

Driving up to get it near Chicago isn't feasible.
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:39 PM   #2
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Trip to Jackson Center, have them do the install and maybe the shipping would be included in their normal shipment to Jackson center from ZipDee?
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:42 PM   #3
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Spend the money on gas and head to Chicago for installation!
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Old 07-23-2015, 04:43 PM   #4
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Think about it, it has to be shipped to JC Ohio from Chicago.....
Go straight to the source!
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:28 PM   #5
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Plus with appoinment at zip-dee shop they will measure correctly and install awnings. You should be able to make trip for cost of shipping with some interesting stops on way to shop, plus any measurements wrong to bad, you eat it, if they do bad as they did for one of mine they remade at no cost to me or increase in install charges. AS AtomicNo13 stated go directly to source. IE zip-dee factory plus very easy to get to and they have elect. if you get there after closing time. Very friendly staff and very up on AS. You do not have to go into Chgo. as they are just off 355 that comes off I55. Or else pm me w/phone# as I live in area well aq. with how to get around, no hassle as many avoid chgo. area., and other rtes. also.
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Old 07-23-2015, 05:43 PM   #6
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Wish there was alternative to such high shipping.
Call you Greyhound bus station. If it will fit in their luggage compartment, they may be less. I have used them in the past ship large body panels for cars.
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:31 AM   #7
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If it helps, I was recently quoted $300-400 to ship my 23 ft awning to Calif.
In the end, it was $280.
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:48 AM   #8
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Been in same situation. After discussing issue with the factory, it became apparent that this is a serious install issue. This shouldn't be seen as a DIY project. For the cost of shipping, EVERY bit of risk getting it to you is borne buy shipper. I went to factory for Alumapoolza and had a 21 footer installed (ZD shipped to them.) AS provided the technics input so ZD could get it right for a roadside awning install. You can't get to them, so the shipping is really cost effective once you factor AND amortize cost over LIFE of use. I watched the install work - please entrust to folks that KNOW how to do install from experience! Not for amateurs!!
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:50 AM   #9
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Call a large moving van company and ask if their tariff has a 500lbs mini rate.
I used to ship electronic instruments all over the country with that tariff.
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Old 07-24-2015, 10:52 AM   #10
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I have had my awning off and on. It was easy. A new installation can't be much harder. I would just pay the shipping.
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:25 AM   #11
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Call you Greyhound bus station. If it will fit in their luggage compartment, they may be less. I have used them in the past ship large body panels for cars.
I think it is too long to fit in the luggage compartment of a Greyhound bus.
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Old 07-24-2015, 11:26 AM   #12
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If you have time, go to Chicago and have it installed. The adventure would be awesome. Great campgrounds and tours.
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:06 PM   #13
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Been in same situation. After discussing issue with the factory, it became apparent that this is a serious install issue. This shouldn't be seen as a DIY project. For the cost of shipping, EVERY bit of risk getting it to you is borne buy shipper. I went to factory for Alumapoolza and had a 21 footer installed (ZD shipped to them.) AS provided the technics input so ZD could get it right for a roadside awning install. You can't get to them, so the shipping is really cost effective once you factor AND amortize cost over LIFE of use. I watched the install work - please entrust to folks that KNOW how to do install from experience! Not for amateurs!!
I have installed 2 and they are quite simple....hire a carpenter (journeyman) to do the install. Not that difficult boomer111
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:27 PM   #14
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We live near the zip dee factory and they told us at a recent visit that they do not do installs anymore. Check with them before any trip Plus all you have to do isvgive them you model and year. They will know the correct size.
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Old 07-24-2015, 12:31 PM   #15
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We live near the zip dee factory and they told us at a recent visit that they do not do installs anymore. Check with them before any trip Plus all you have to do is give them you model and year. They will know the correct size.
Rather than pay shipping, take the trailer to ZipDee and have them load it, even if they can't install it. If you can open a front or rear window (rear means you don't have to unhitch to load), you can slide the awning inside for transport since the trailer is longer than the awning and you should have at least one clear path the whole length of the trailer. Your trailer won't be liveable while the awning is inside blocking the hall, but you could at least transport it wherever you want to have the installation done. You might need some sawhorses or other cribbing to elevate the awning package over some furniture, though…
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Old 07-24-2015, 04:56 PM   #17
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Call some local metal shops and ask for 18 gauge galvanized 3" O.D. Steel tubing of the length you need. Instead of almost $10.- per foot plus min $300.- shipping, you can buy the tube for $4.-/foot and local pick up.
I was only able to get 14 gauge steel with 3" O.D. locally and would have bought it (71.58 for a 22'). I ended up repairing my old tube.

Chances to get one of those tubes undamaged to your house are slim and chances to get the shipper to take responsibility for damaging it even slimmer. Been there...
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Old 07-24-2015, 06:02 PM   #18
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Call Fastenal, the fastener people. I have read on other boards that they will ship parts unrelated to their business at a very reasonable price. The parts go store to store, but they have stores in most major cities. What I have read about is large car parts being shipped. I installed my new ZipDee awning on my Argosy with the help of a friend. Neither one of us had ever installed an awning before. Took about 3 hours and a 6 pack. Brian
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