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Old 09-14-2017, 02:07 PM   #1
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Zip Dee awning won't open

I have not operated an awning like this before. It has not been opened in about 2 years according to the PO. It is probably about 25' in length. I do not see a pull down strap or pole or anything. On a step ladder I cannot get the metal cover to go back? Feels like it is locked some where.

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The 4 awnings on the other side work fine.
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:30 PM   #2
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Old 09-14-2017, 02:36 PM   #3
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Mine has a travel lock on one end. It is easy to see. You should have a pull strap. They are tough to open when the strap gets sucked up out of sight.
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Old 09-14-2017, 03:46 PM   #4
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with your vintage the awning probably has a Z lock on the right hand side of the awning.
you have to pull that out with your wand and then the awning can be opened.
check on the zip dee site for instructions.

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Old 09-14-2017, 04:56 PM   #5
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:19 PM   #6
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Normally there are two "wheels" one at each end, that have to be spun loose and then swung down to release the awning, and then likely a safety lock (swinging hook that engages a bracket with a hole in it mounted on the awning metal cover. I don't think all trailers have that but if yours has one it should be near the rear support arm.

So the two wheel locks and the safety lock if installed need to be opened first - presume you have done that!

There should be a strap loop poking out from under the metal cover about mid awning for you to hook with a pull rod and so to pull the awning out.

If there is not, perhaps it has broken, or perhaps the previous owner didn't take care in rolling the awning up and it has vanished inside.

In that case, try getting upon a step ladder and pulling the top of the awning support arm away from the trailer, that "should" allow the roller tube to move out unrolling the awning.

On mine, the safety catch had not been installed correctly and sometimes teh hook - even when in the open position - would catch on the metal awning cover and stop the awning from unrolling even though I had the pull hook properly engaged in the strap.

I wound up having to modify the rear support arm slightly (drilled new hole to raise the back end of the awning roller tube slightly) to resolve this. Works fine now!

Good luck!
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Old 09-14-2017, 05:56 PM   #7
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Just a quick additional thought. Try pulling the top of the arm next to the door away from the trailer side.
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Old 09-15-2017, 08:18 AM   #8
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Thanks much for your replies about my Awning. It is an old style with no locking wheels. I cannot find a safety latch anywhere else either. It does have 2 latches (on each end) that you pull open with a rod. I will try your suggestions and report back!
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Old 09-15-2017, 11:13 AM   #9
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You will have to remove the one small bolt at the right end which goes thru the pin and the arm
That will let you pull the awning out a bit
Then drill out the three or four rivets that hold the pin assembly
Remove the assembly from the end of the tube
You will find a castled nut
Remove the nut and drive out that pin
Clean up up and the end cap
Place lubricant on both parts and after it is free re instal in the tube and place the arm back in put the retaining bolt back in
Your awning will now open with ease
Search for the strap for pulling it down and hold onto it as it goes up with a bit sticking out so you can get hold of it next time
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