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Old 03-19-2010, 10:59 AM   #21
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When I bent my arms (photo above) I had to replace the outer bars and I sent the solid bars back to ZipDee and they straightened them at no cost. I did have to buy the outer bars and pay for shipping of the solid bars.
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Just left metal work shop with large vises. Still could not get the solid bar to straighten. May have another go at it, but right now am contacting Zip Dee to see how much to replace. Can see where bends in both arms were probably due to leaving the awning up in high winds. Will let you all know. Thanks. Jack
Contrary to some opinions, adding a "center support" on the larger Zip Dee awnings, helps prevent "bent" arms.

Any Zip Dee over about 12 feet should have a center support.

That stops some of the flopping that is caused by winds.

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Thanks for that information. The replacement solid stainless steel bars are $83. The main aluminum tube arm is $53. I did not realize the solid bar was stainless. Will go back to metal shop and be a little more agressive. Worse case is to order new parts and in the scheme of things, not too much money. I called Zip Dee and they would try to straighten it for me at no charge. Since the claw pins are missing and have to be press fitted to install, may just send all parts to them. Thanks. Jack
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Update: Managed to get both arms straight enough to reassemble awning. Wound it 29 times (22' length + 7 turns) being very careful to hold on tight and out of the way. It rolled up like a charm. Will probably order new support tube. It appears to still have some rubbing action as evidenced by black residue. Pull strap broke from what I guess is the use of bleach. Will research best thread and restitch tomorrow. It does look great! Thanks again for all your help and advice. Jack
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