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Old 03-24-2012, 02:27 PM   #1
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Zip Dee Solar Shade Panel

I haven't seen anything on this Solar Shade when I do search and I am thinking about getting the 15' one.
Do any of you have this product, and what do you think about it?
I'd like to hear your Pro's and Con's on the item.
Here's a link to the Solar Shade:
http://awningsbyzipdee.com/4485/20385.html
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Old 03-24-2012, 02:58 PM   #2
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The best solar shade fabric I've seen out at Burning Man is called Aluminet. The big advantages are that it lets wind through, doesn't reradiate heat, and is pretty sturdy. It is also a comforting, relaxing aluminum color .

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Old 03-24-2012, 03:05 PM   #3
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Drat. I was thinking this would be a solar panel installed on a zip dee awning.
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:00 PM   #4
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The best solar shade fabric I've seen out at Burning Man is called Aluminet. The big advantages are that it lets wind through, doesn't reradiate heat, and is pretty sturdy. It is also a comforting, relaxing aluminum color .

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Do you have experience with working with this material? E.g. It have you just heard I the conceptual material possibly being used by RV'ers??
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:19 PM   #5
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Very interesting !
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Old 03-24-2012, 05:31 PM   #6
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We have one from Zip Dee. LOVE IT. Had it at Burning Man in '10


Easy to install. Zip Dee sends snaps one installs on the awning roller, and the sun screen snaps to them. Drive 4 stakes and your done.

Typical Zip Dee quality.. Great.

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Old 03-24-2012, 05:52 PM   #7
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Mrs. barts here...

We haven't actually sewed with aluminet but have friends who made a shade for their camper van with great success. We plan to make a freestanding shade structure for the Tin Pickle for those hotter camping locations.
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:24 PM   #8
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We have one from Zip Dee. LOVE IT. Had it at Burning Man in '10


Easy to install. Zip Dee sends snaps one installs on the awning roller, and the sun screen snaps to them. Drive 4 stakes and your done.

Typical Zip Dee quality.. Great.

JD

Thanks for the feed back.

Did you drill holes in the roller to install the snaps?

What size shade do you have? 10' or 15'?
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Old 03-24-2012, 11:42 PM   #9
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The best solar shade fabric I've seen out at Burning Man is called Aluminet. The big advantages are that it lets wind through, doesn't reradiate heat, and is pretty sturdy. It is also a comforting, relaxing aluminum color .

- Bart

Thanks Bart and Mrs. Bart.
Did you see the Zip Dee material also? I'd like to hear a comparison of the 2 products if you have seen both.
I noticed the Zip Dee also comes in a silver color. Wondering if it's the same stuff?
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Other options?

We bought our Airstream about a year ago and the PO's gave us the shades they had. (They also had end caps but were unable to find them).
The screens were not made by Zip Dee but had been made somewhere down in "The Valley". (For you non-Texans that is below Corpus as you get closer to Mexico) PO's said they gave the lady the measurements and shortly thereafter had their screens. They are a fabric but a very sturdy fabric. They breathe and air does flow thru easily. You can sit under them and still see out just fine. Made to slide into the awning rail and get staked down in multiple points. Very nice for those hot Texas summer days. We need to figure out who did them and see about getting end caps made as well. Hoping to slow down the relentless bug attacks in the summer.

Couple of old pics attached. (Our WBCCI numbers are 3805 and it was the original owner that earned the 7 stars!)
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Old 03-25-2012, 05:55 AM   #11
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I like the idea of the ZipDee Tropic Room! Awnings By Zip Dee
Our trailer is so small that it would be a tiny little room but to be able to stay away from the bugs......
We are thinking about it.
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Old 03-25-2012, 06:12 AM   #12
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Zip Dee

How funny Bruce, I just finished watching your video... Yeah Skye priced these out for us and ZIP Dee is very PROUD (read that as $$$) of their products. But they do make very good stuff (we bought chairs instead) I cannot figure from the pics how the screens would attach under the trailer. And to keep out bugs you would have to seal that off as well...
Either way, congrats on your purchase and as I have said often..."This is the most expensive free site I have ever been on."
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... I cannot figure from the pics how the screens would attach under the trailer. And to keep out bugs you would have to seal that off as well...
Either way, congrats on your purchase and as I have said often..."This is the most expensive free site I have ever been on."
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I wondered about this too, if you look at the picture of the tent, it seems that it is a 4 sided tent with zip up doors to get into the trailer and to get outside. The sides of the tent actually hit the ground and they have some kind of "water balloons" (my term not theirs) to keep the sides weighed to the ground without stakes.

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Yes, drill holes in the roller tube, and rivet snaps in place. The snaps are installed on the screen at Zip Dee, with grommets along the bottom edge for ropes.

We have a 27' trailer, and the actual length of the awning is 18'. I chose the 15' screen.

Not that big a deal to make, I would guess. If one can sew.

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Old 03-25-2012, 09:33 AM   #15
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Yes, drill holes in the roller tube, and rivet snaps in place. The snaps are installed on the screen at Zip Dee, with grommets along the bottom edge for ropes.

We have a 27' trailer, and the actual length of the awning is 18'. I chose the 15' screen.

Not that big a deal to make, I would guess. If one can sew.

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JD,
That's exactly what I needed to hear. Since yours is a 18' awning on a 27' trailer and the 15' shade worked for you, I'll get the same thing. I downloaded the instructions and it looks like a "snap" to install. I cracked myself up with that piece of wit.
Anyway, sewing is not my bag and the price seems reasonable on the shade. I'll get the silver colored one to match the trailer. Zip Dee does make some nice quality products.
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Wow, I re-read my post, and realized my mind thought words my fingers did not type.

Of course, the female side of the snap is on the screen from Zip Dee, and one installs the male side on the roller tube.

The install took about 30 minutes, and that was being careful to get the screen just right. Meaning the screen is tight enough not to sag between the snaps, but easy to put up and take down with out having to stretch it to reach the snaps.

I have carefully allowed mine to roll up with the awning for overnight storage, but it makes the roller way to fat to buckle down for travel.

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Sure would like to see a couple photos of the location of the snaps. Thanks
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I would like to see this as well. We purchased some "Carefree" Sunblocker shades shortly before we decided to buy the AS and I would like to reuse them. Based on pictures it looks as though they are the same as the Zipdee except for the buttons....which can likely be easily added.
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I'm about to replace our 7 year old Zip Dee sun shade as it has developed several tears. The first one occurred about 3 years ago and Zip Dee comped me some material to patch it with. This last winter several more developed. We do use it hard, rolling it up within the awning every day in the desert where we spend our winters. The shade is on its second trailer. Zip Dee also comped me the snaps for the second trailer. Good people!
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We have one from Zip Dee. LOVE IT. Had it at Burning Man in '10


Easy to install. Zip Dee sends snaps one installs on the awning roller, and the sun screen snaps to them. Drive 4 stakes and your done.

Typical Zip Dee quality.. Great.

JD
Hello,
Any details regarding where to buy this or any pics of the installation and ease of putting up/taking down?

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