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Old 05-12-2010, 04:02 PM   #1
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Question which awning is this?

Our AS is across town right now, so I can't pop out and look at it. This is a photo of the awning on our 1977 31' Sovereign. This is as far as it comes out because one of the arms is stuck and won't pull out. I'd like to replace the stuck parts. Can you tell if this a Zip Dee awning?

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It looks like a Zip Dee, but the arm I see doesn't quite look right for one. If it is, it should also have a telescoping arm front and rear with a spring-loaded hook on the end.
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It appears to be a ZipDee with the headstock missing.

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It appears to be a ZipDee with the headstock missing.

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...and the rafter arm as well...
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Old 05-12-2010, 04:43 PM   #5
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Well, that gets me started. One side does have this telescoping feature, but the other will not budge. I'm not even sure what a headstock or rafter is. Off to Google...
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Well, that gets me started. One side does have this telescoping feature, but the other will not budge. I'm not even sure what a headstock or rafter is. Off to Google...
Here is what it should look like rolled up:
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Hmmm... the poles on mine are round. And certainly doesn't look that nice. Maybe it isn't Zip Dee?
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It has that Zip-Dee look, but the arms are missing. If you could post a pic that could be enlarged, more info would be forthcoming. Almost looks like it was taken apart and not re-installed correctly.
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Almost looks like it was taken apart and not re-installed correctly.
That would not surprise me. There are awning parts in the trailer that I have no idea where they go.

I don't have any better photos at this time. It'll be back home soon and I'll get better photos.
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I dug through my old photos from when we first got it and found a few that may show the awning better.




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I dug through my old photos from when we first got it and found a few that may show the awning better.
The awning and roller tube are hard to ID from your photo's, but they also appear to have service their life.

But, the hardware appears to be a "home brew" at best, mimicking Zip Dee.

I have never seen arms like that in my 44 years with Airstream.

To save you many headaches, if you want an awning, start all over again, from the beginning and invest in a new one that has proven quality, like Zip Dee, as an example.

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I have never seen arms like that in my 44 years with Airstream.
Figures! Yes, they are sad awnings, but will have to do at least for the first trip. We have already spent a ton of cash renovating the AS in the past few months getting it ready for the first trip in June. Isn't that how it goes?

I do want Zip Dee awnings... someday.
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Yes, they are sad awnings, but will have to do at least for the first trip. We have already spent a ton of cash renovating the AS in the past few months getting it ready for the first trip in June. Isn't that how it goes
I'd be thinking about just removing them to avoid "awning stories", of which there are many.
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I'd be thinking about just removing them to avoid "awning stories", of which there are many.
They will be zip tied back down before she moves again. I do pay attention and learn from this forum.
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