Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
 


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-19-2021, 07:16 AM   #1
Rivet Master
 
s1000pre's Avatar
 
2021 30' Flying Cloud
2020 25' International
minneapolis , Minnesota
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 1,412
Images: 1
Zip Dee manual awning hard to lock

Iím having an issue securing my awning. I can get the two screw down clamps in place on both ends, though struggling with the hook. The hook is a little high, it wonít grab the hole in the bracket. Itís almost as if the awning isnít wrapping tight enough when recoiling. I have a good 1.5-2Ē of Sunbella visible when completely retracted. Any ideas?
__________________
- Stewart
s1000pre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 07:51 AM   #2
Moderator
 
moosetags's Avatar

 
2015 25' FB Flying Cloud
2012 23' FB Flying Cloud
2005 25' Safari
Santa Rosa Beach , Florida
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 12,872
Images: 5
Greetings from the Florida Panhandle

Quote:
Originally Posted by s1000pre View Post
Iím having an issue securing my awning. I can get the two screw down clamps in place on both ends, though struggling with the hook. The hook is a little high, it wonít grab the hole in the bracket. Itís almost as if the awning isnít wrapping tight enough when recoiling. I have a good 1.5-2Ē of Sunbella visible when completely retracted. Any ideas?
You are most likely creating your own problem. I have found that you need to secure the little hook FIRST while there is still a little flexibility in the hook-to-loop positioning. Then do the screw clamps on the ends.

Brian
__________________
SuEllyn & Brian McCabe
WBCCI #3628 -- AIR #14872 -- TAC #FL-7
2015 FC 25' FB (Lucy) with ProPride
2020 Silverado 2500 (Vivian)
moosetags is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 07:51 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
Minno's Avatar

 
1972 31' Sovereign
Lexington , Minnesota
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 3,888
When you open the awning, does it stay in place without you having to have a hand on it? If that's the case, then it may be that you are correct, and your awning needs to have the spring tightened a turn or 2. It can be done by 2 people carefully (spring is under tension and can go out of control if you're not careful). I think ZipDee has instructions for this on their website.



Kay
Minno is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 08:30 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Mollysdad's Avatar

 
2017 26' Flying Cloud
Tampa , Florida
Join Date: Feb 2017
Posts: 7,146
Blog Entries: 1
Easy step one.
While furling the awning, let it slam closed the last foot.
If the awning spring is wound properly, the roller tube will stay still as the awning is extended all the way. It should just be on the verge of rolling.
The hook is held to the cover with a screw. Try a washer or two under the hook, gaining you a tiny bit of room.

I've learned the Zip Dee manual awning is a collection of man made parts, and if you find one that furls and unfurls perfectly, you're a rare winner. Most require some fiddling.

IF you choose to add tension, here's the procedure. *The arms are under spring tension, and they will try to injure you if you let go. Never get in the plane where the arm could spin and hit you. I have the bruise to show.*
1. Have a helper. Put the rear of the roller unfurled on a stepladder.
2. disconnect the lower arm where it attaches to the trailer.
3. Carefully slide the hollow awning arm off the upper support arm. Hold on firmly to the upper support arm.
4. Holding the upper support arm firmly, turn the arm one turn around the roller, clockwise, adding tension.
5. Replace the hollow awning arm, and reattach to the lower awning support arm/trailer.
6. test.
A turn goes a long way in tension. The rule of thumb is the number of turns is equal to the length of the tube in feet + 7. The seven is the number of turns to deploy the awning away from the trailer.
Mollysdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 08:50 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
s1000pre's Avatar
 
2021 30' Flying Cloud
2020 25' International
minneapolis , Minnesota
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 1,412
Images: 1
Thanks guys, I will watch the video and tighten when I reach my next destination.
__________________
- Stewart
s1000pre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 09:23 AM   #6
1 Rivet Member
 
2020 16' Caravel
Dayton , Ohio
Join Date: Oct 2020
Posts: 12
Blog Entries: 1
Zip Dee manual awning hard to lock

We have a 2020 Caravel 16RB and this is a regular occurrence. The problem is that the manufacturer Airstream is not always super good with the tolerances of the original installation of the mounted screw latches in relation to the Zipp Dee tolerances. Jiggling the arms, pushing the refusing arm to change the slot location, re-closing the awning, and other ad hoc strategies has always ultimately worked. It is simple an installation reality.
ta1cruse is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 09:28 AM   #7
3 Rivet Member
 
2017 27' Flying Cloud
Fernandina Beach , FL
Join Date: Jul 2017
Posts: 172
Manual Zip Dee Awning Retract

We have the manual awning. I guide the center strap fore and aft while the awning retracts to reduce the coiled volume of the strap. We also use a short line in the strap loop.

We let the awning slam shut, then a light tug on the line to make sure the loop is accessible. Remove the line and we're all set.

The awning secures easily with this approach.
Bob Peahl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 09:36 AM   #8
Married with Airstream
 
drbrick's Avatar

 
2004 25' International CCD
Vancouver Island , British Columbia
Join Date: Apr 2018
Posts: 924
Images: 5
To make life easy we use a "step" (which subs as a low table) this way I simple stand on it screw the wheels by hand. This allow me to ensure everything is in-line and takes only a few seconds to screw them down. I still use the "rod" to flip the hook in place. If you do the YouTube thing you will discover AS owners often use some sort of "step". Faster and easier to secure to awning.
__________________
La Dolce Vita Brick & Mona
We're Married With Airstream dot com
2004 International 25CCD Registered Name "Blue Streak"
2013 F-150HD FX4 SuperCrew Lariart (MaxTow) "Red Dragon"
drbrick is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 09:47 AM   #9
Rivet Master
 
gypsydad's Avatar
 
2017 28' Flying Cloud
2014 25' FB Flying Cloud
2008 25' Safari FB SE
Georgetown (winter)Thayne (summer) , Texas & Wyoming
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 5,877
Ahwww; the old "manual awning deployment/retraction" questions! We actually attended a couple of "awning instructional" demonstrations at Alumalina, and also watched the Youtubes on this...which are great! We had loose hook on last 2 new AS's we purchased...new, AS includes a little plastic bag with some substance to put on the hook screw, making it very tight. They applied it to ours last visit to JC couple years ago, and it's still tight.

When putting away the awning, I secure the screw-hook first. Once secure, I go to the rear screw down and manipulate the two "arms" to ease the screwdown into the slot and use the long wand rod to tighten. Then I get on the front step and do the forward latch same way, manipulating the two rods to align the screw lock. But watch the Youtube videos...even the one by Colonial is very good...you never know too much, right?
__________________
Empty Nesters; Gypsies on the road!
2017 28' Twin Flying Cloud
2017 F250 King Ranch, 4X4, 6.7L, Blue-Ox WDH
Summer-Star Valley Ranch RV Resort (Thayne, WY); Winter-Sun City (Georgetown,TX)
gypsydad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 10:45 AM   #10
2 Rivet Member
 
Currently Looking...
Racine , Wisconsin
Join Date: Sep 2013
Posts: 90
Oil where it rotates before your screw around with the springs. I thought I had a issue with mine. But oiling it took care of the problem. When was the last time you oiled it?





Quote:
Originally Posted by Minno View Post
When you open the awning, does it stay in place without you having to have a hand on it? If that's the case, then it may be that you are correct, and your awning needs to have the spring tightened a turn or 2. It can be done by 2 people carefully (spring is under tension and can go out of control if you're not careful). I think ZipDee has instructions for this on their website.



Kay
Kilroy is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 11:05 AM   #11
Rivet Master
 
Ultraclassic's Avatar
 
2000 30' Excella
GTA , Ontario
Join Date: Feb 2019
Posts: 501
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kilroy View Post
Oil where it rotates before your screw around with the springs. I thought I had a issue with mine. But oiling it took care of the problem. When was the last time you oiled it?
Kilroy

Oil of choice?

And where exactly did you apply?

I will assume a light engine oil, applied to the axles near the ZipDee aluminum hubs
__________________
#4286 Stella the 2000 30ft Excella/Classic - Tow Vehicle - 2012 Mercedes Benz GL350d - CanAmRv.ca hitch Reinforcement with a ProPride3 WDH, previous tow vehicle 2005 Ford F150 Lariat 367,000Kms 5.4L
Ultraclassic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 11:50 AM   #12
New Member
 
2006 23' Safari SE
thunder bay , Ontario
Join Date: Aug 2012
Posts: 4
Quote:
Originally Posted by s1000pre View Post
Iím having an issue securing my awning. I can get the two screw down clamps in place on both ends, though struggling with the hook. The hook is a little high, it wonít grab the hole in the bracket. Itís almost as if the awning isnít wrapping tight enough when recoiling. I have a good 1.5-2Ē of Sunbella visible when completely retracted. Any ideas?
watch youtube video
narita1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 04:02 PM   #13
1 Rivet Member
 
2020 16' Caravel
Santa Fe , New Mexico
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 6
I bought a mew caravel last year and to get my hook adjusted. Also buying a foldable step stool helped not using the stupid hook that usually scratches the area
NM Caravel is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 06:08 PM   #14
Rivet Master
 
1988 32' Excella
Robbinsville , New Jersey
Join Date: May 2012
Posts: 2,636
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ultraclassic View Post
Kilroy

Oil of choice?

And where exactly did you apply?

I will assume a light engine oil, applied to the axles near the ZipDee aluminum hubs
ZipDee recommends silicone spray lube.
They also WARN to NEVER use WD-40 on awning parts.
Wazbro is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 09:26 PM   #15
Rivet Master
 
s1000pre's Avatar
 
2021 30' Flying Cloud
2020 25' International
minneapolis , Minnesota
Join Date: Jun 2020
Posts: 1,412
Images: 1
Quote:
Originally Posted by Kilroy View Post
Oil where it rotates before your screw around with the springs. I thought I had a issue with mine. But oiling it took care of the problem. When was the last time you oiled it?
Never, itís 4 months old
__________________
- Stewart
s1000pre is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2021, 10:14 PM   #16
3 Rivet Member
 
BoscoMN's Avatar
 
2015 19' Flying Cloud
2017 25' Flying Cloud
Rosemount , Minnesota
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 243
Images: 1
I was always struggling on setting up and taking down our manual awning until I watched this video a few times. I also added a little silicone spray here and there and now everything is going smooth and easy!

__________________
2017 25' Flying Cloud
2018 F-250 6.2L Gas
Blue Ox SwayPro 1000#
BoscoMN is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Zip Dee Manual Awning Winding and Unwinding SYC2Vette Awnings 2 11-16-2020 07:18 AM
Manual Zip-Dee Awning and wind gusts kareylou Awnings 47 05-02-2020 02:09 PM
Zip Dee manual awning help rintintin Awnings 6 05-07-2019 11:33 PM
Manual Zip Dee Awning question Driftin Di Awnings 12 05-18-2017 03:58 PM
Zip Dee up or Zip Dee down? highsidepass Awnings 24 11-17-2007 08:12 PM


Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by the Airstream, Inc. or any of its affiliates. Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:28 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2023, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.