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bbabich 10-24-2019 11:11 AM

converting or adding electric awning to 1987 34.5
 
I have an 87 34.5. Have a manual zip dee awning. Would like to go to electric 12v awning. I called zip dee and they told me the conversion kit is $3300 but the 87 does not have enough room over the door for conversion. Has anyone made it work on an older classic like mine or is there another company that sells one that will fit the contour? The $3300 is the kit only and it appears to be a fairly involved install. Any advice or help would be appreciated.

turk123 10-24-2019 12:50 PM

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Originally Posted by bbabich (Post 2301468)
I have an 87 34.5. Have a manual zip dee awning. Would like to go to electric 12v awning. I called zip dee and they told me the conversion kit is $3300 but the 87 does not have enough room over the door for conversion. Has anyone made it work on an older classic like mine or is there another company that sells one that will fit the contour? The $3300 is the kit only and it appears to be a fairly involved install. Any advice or help would be appreciated.

If it was an easy swap, I would like to trade you my electric awning for your manual. ZipDee has made improvements over the years with the Relax awning, but I know it is just a matter of time before mine will either fail or act up. I've already had one incident.

The funny thing is, I miss the manual awning . . .:blush:

Isuzusweet 10-24-2019 02:48 PM

DON'T DO IT!!:bash::band::bangin:

Enough said.

turk123 10-24-2019 03:10 PM

I would say get yourself some brand new Sunbrella in a pattern you like and make yours look new again.

bobmiller1 10-24-2019 03:45 PM

LOL, how about an electric paper towel dispenser, Regards, Bob

bbabich 10-25-2019 08:51 AM

Ok, so the electric awning idea is off the table but now thinking about the electric paper towel dispenser.

rmkrum 10-25-2019 09:06 AM

converting or adding electric awning to 1987 34.5
 
They make them. D-size batteries, special size paper towel rolls. Available at Sam’s Club or Costco. Big, bulky, and very convenient if you are into “touchless” technology.

Have one at home, but too big to mount in my Airstream.

thewarden 10-25-2019 10:07 AM

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Originally Posted by Isuzusweet (Post 2301514)
DON'T DO IT!!:bash::band::bangin:

Enough said.

Yes, this! When we got our 2016 27FB I wanted the manual awning due to the issues some were having with the Relax awning. Unfortunately the Relax was standard and no manual awning was available for our model.

Well, true to form, my awning has quite working and despite long discussions with Zip Dee and a replacement control board we have a scheduled repair date at Jackson Centre in the Spring. Can not wait to see the repair bill. :(

Isuzusweet 10-25-2019 11:34 AM

The ultimate accessory for your 345, is a set of air driven locomotive air horns......loud; and I do mean LOUD!

Cheers
Sidekick Tony

Smartstream 10-25-2019 06:19 PM

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Originally Posted by Isuzusweet (Post 2301747)
The ultimate accessory for your 345, is a set of air driven locomotive air horns......loud; and I do mean LOUD!

Cheers
Sidekick Tony

I thought a few months back we agreed on a flamethrower?

bweybright 10-25-2019 06:35 PM

I believe you are looking for Leslie Chimes. And if you put air bags on your tow vehicle with a big enough air storage tank you could actually use them.

bbabich 10-25-2019 06:37 PM

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Originally Posted by turk123 (Post 2301493)
If it was an easy swap, I would like to trade you my electric awning for your manual. ZipDee has made improvements over the years with the Relax awning, but I know it is just a matter of time before mine will either fail or act up. I've already had one incident.

The funny thing is, I miss the manual awning . . .:blush:

Thank you. Thinking you steered me away from an error. Deploying the manual awning is not a big deal but a process. I am ok with that. I was just thinking but so often that does no payoff.

Magnet18 10-29-2019 12:57 PM

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Originally Posted by bweybright (Post 2301852)
I believe you are looking for Leslie Chimes. And if you put air bags on your tow vehicle with a big enough air storage tank you could actually use them.

Leslie chimes... Noted... :angel:

(Ps, yer in motorhome territory, we already have airbags :D )


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