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Old 02-11-2020, 10:29 PM   #1
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Zip Dee Relax awning - control board upgrade

A while back there was a thread going on about a new prototype control board that allowed for a much greater tilt angle for shedding rain water.

Anyone have any updates to share?

When I last called zip Dee they told me “we only produced two of those prototype control boards, you’re not supposed to know about those and we can’t tell you when they might be available”.

I haven’t gotten around to calling them for a follow up. On my 30’ I would certainly enjoy a greater rear tilt angle so I can keep the awning deployed during rain, without concern of sagging/pooling, like I used to do with my manual version.
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Old 02-12-2020, 10:00 AM   #2
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ZipDee Switch Replacement

I have not replaced the control board.

I HAVE REPLACED THE ZIPDEE SWITCH!

My 2016 Classic originally had a ZipDee switch that DID NOT have an on/off switch. I did not even think about this until I met a fellow Airstreamer on a road trip in Nova Scotia who brought this to attention. He said that there have been situations where the awning opened while intransit.

I called ZipDee and purchased a switch with an on/off switch (see attachments). I now travel with more confidence that the awning won't cause me intransit problems.

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Old 02-12-2020, 10:39 PM   #3
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Thanks. Different issue. 2017+ had this power switch integrated to the panel (mine came standard with the power switch).

The control board programming is a different enhancement
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Old 11-25-2020, 08:00 PM   #4
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tilt improvement

Not being satisifed with the tilt limits on my Relax awning, I contacted Zip Dee a couple of weeks ago to see if they could help. They offered to change the limits via a software modification. So, for the cost of shipping the control box both ways, they made the change for me on the rear only. I can now tilt the rear to the maximum travel limit of the arm. Pretty good customer service, 2 week turn around and only cost me about $30 for shipping. Well worth it. If anyone would like the same mod, just contact Zip Dee's customer service department.
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I just changed my control board also. More rear tilt. The cables to the board just plug in, so it was an easy change. As Greg said the cost is shipping both ways.
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Seeet! This is on my list of to-do!
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Old 04-19-2021, 08:43 AM   #7
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I’m planning to upgrade my board as well...can you tell me where AS mounted the board?
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Does anyone know how much more (or less?) the tilt on a Classic 33 is? When I took delivery of the trailer, the board was handed to me by the delivery tech, along with 54 remote controls and a few other gadgets. He said "The awning control is built in to the trailer's electronic controls, so Airstream doesn't use this board for your trailer. Merry Christmas." I know I can tilt the awning, but after only 13 nights of use, I don't yet know if it's got enough angle....And what would I want with this control board, anyway?
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I believe it's CZONE or ZipDee controller. Not both. Since you have CZONE, that board is of no value.

That may make things difficult if you need / want to re-program for more tilt in the rear. Because I have ZipDee control board (not CZONE) on my 30' I was able to mail ZipDee my board and they re-programed it for more rear tilt at no charge.

Now rear tilt goes almost all the way down to where the bend in the arm meets the casing - a noticeable difference with more tilt. I am happy.

I would call airstream regarding how to re-program CZONE control of the ZipDee rear arm.

Chris0408 - my board was mounted under the sink which is near the front door in my 30'.
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I believe it's CZONE or ZipDee controller. Not both. Since you have CZONE, that board is of no value.

That may make things difficult if you need / want to re-program for more tilt in the rear. Because I have ZipDee control board (not CZONE) on my 30' I was able to mail ZipDee my board and they re-programed it for more rear tilt at no charge.

Now rear tilt goes almost all the way down to where the bend in the arm meets the casing - a noticeable difference with more tilt. I am happy.

I would call airstream regarding how to re-program CZONE control of the ZipDee rear arm..
While I was trying to be a bit humorous with my questions, I do have a legitimate one. I know the CZone controller runs the awning, rendering the ZipDee board obsolete. What I don't know is if the factory CZone programming allows sufficient front/rear awning rake. It would appear to have enough, but our trailer is sufficiently new that we have not yet been caught in a steady rain to investigate.

Anyone able to share their experience with this?
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My experience is that you need full tilt in the rear on a 30 or 33' to adequately shed water. My 30' trailer came from the factory with ZipDee control board with only partial tilt programmed. I would suspect your trailer is configured the same (partial tilt) by default.
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My experience is that you need full tilt in the rear on a 30 or 33' to adequately shed water. My 30' trailer came from the factory with ZipDee control board with only partial tilt programmed. I would suspect your trailer is configured the same (partial tilt) by default.
Thanks. I'll be sure to investigate when we take the trailer out again, which won't be until the end of next month.
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