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Old 06-15-2021, 11:07 AM   #1
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Well I did something I said Id never, I had the awning open during a heavy rain here in NC without tipping the awning( and I know to do this) even though Im a newbie of owning my 2004 CDC international for almost a year. My issue now is locating a front main arm to replace my bent arm!! I went direct to Zip Dee to purchase thing Id have the new arm within the week; however Zip Dee has been unable to get the raw material ( Aluminum) to make them. Im now on a search to locate a dealer that may have one in their inventory. If anyone knows of a dealer that stocks Zip Dee parts, please let me know!! Ive contacted a few dealers that claimed to have stock on their website, when they actually direct ship from Zip Dee. I thought about taking the bent arm to a metal shop to have it straightened but Im told it would weaken the arm!! Sending out an SOS!!
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Old 06-15-2021, 11:18 AM   #2
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Assuming NC is North Carolina, I'd give Out of Doors Mart a call. They have a very impressive parts department. I have no idea if that extends to awning parts or not. They have helped get me out of trouble in the past.

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Old 06-15-2021, 12:21 PM   #3
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Assuming NC is North Carolina, I'd give Out of Doors Mart a call. They have a very impressive parts department. I have no idea if that extends to awning parts or not. They have helped get me out of trouble in the past.

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Thanks Bob, they were the first ones I contacted and where I take BobanitaAir for service!!
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Old 06-15-2021, 12:39 PM   #4
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If they don't have the part, I suspect nobody has them, unless you find one salvaged off an old trailer.

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Old 06-15-2021, 02:52 PM   #5
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I bent one on our first A/S and had to do a field straightening job using a picnic table. You can likely straighten it well enough to get by until ZipDee or ODM has them back in stock. Good luck. PS Be safe with that arm. If you remove it as I did not realizing it was spring loaded and took several bandaids to repair the human damage. Finger still has the reminder of removing the arm. You tube probably has a video on how to properly remove the arm and reinstall.
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I bent one on our first A/S and had to do a field straightening job using a picnic table. You can likely straighten it well enough to get by until ZipDee or ODM has them back in stock. Good luck. PS Be safe with that arm. If you remove it as I did not realizing it was spring loaded and took several bandaids to repair the human damage. Finger still has the reminder of removing the arm. You tube probably has a video on how to properly remove the arm and reinstall.
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Tater is my kind of Airstream Owner. You have to be able to innovate.

The OP shows Hawaii as home and no trailer or length or year... but in the post. Makes for confusion, at best. Maybe update your information.

I had a 2006 where the a big gust of wind bent it enough to be a tight fit afterwards. Bent enough to drag in the formed outside slide. Created a lot of friction to pull out. Not something that oil or lithium grease could help.

I did as Tater said and laid it on a FLAT SURFACE and marked the bend. It was near the center and just 1/16" or so. Took a two to three foot 2x4 and put it onto the side needing to be straightened out... had a small hand sledge I use to quarry Trilobites in western Utah and BEAT IT. The 2x4. Not the metal.

In a pinch the rod is long enough to wedge in the crotch of a tree, near the bend and REBEND the bar to as straight as possible. Sand the excess if close for a better fit.

I slid it into the hollow slide, lightly sanded and then cleaned up, now with a perfectly working shaft. The more bend, the easier to get it to nearly perfect by putting some sweat equity into it.

Can't order the part... take to a metal shop and they will BEAT IT into submission. They have the iron work bench and tools. You have to innovate. Break a Claw on the arm, same thing, innovate... you can drill a hole and peg one to work while you wait for a replacement. From the same wind gust.

Been there, done it. If not handy with tools... pay the machine shop. As long as it does not break in the process, aluminum is a bit different metal than Copper or Steel... but it can be done. If it does not work... you are not out anything.
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