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Old 03-01-2010
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Jack, I would guess the only part of your, now missing awning, that was aluminum, was the support arms. Not sure about the length.
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do you have any old pics of the coach and awning?
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My old 81 had a 26.5 and it was alum too

somebody cannot remember at zip dee

they did make me fabric new
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Shane, yes, that was the price for replacement of all fabric, and "tune-up", of all awnings. I had it done by Zip-Dee while I was there, in November. You can park beside their building. We felt safe, although Ohare air traffic was loud. They have a 20 amp plug available; nothing larger. But it is not a residential area and we ran our genny all night. Great folks. Even one of the majority owners gets his hands on the job.
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do you have any old pics of the coach and awning?

I have no pictures that show the awnings; only a couple from when it was in the paint shop, pretty un-revealing.

But it turns out that when I had good light, I discovered the mfgr's markings on the ends of the 'tubes', and could SEE the ZipDee ends on the smaller awnings, so I called back, talked to Linda again. She said "No WAY it could be ours if it's 27' 4" -- but if it was 274 inches....that would be a 22' 7" awning."

Sure enough, I misread the tape the other day! It was 274 inches from center to center of support brackets. Suddenly she accepted that it was their awning! So I'm about to get a price to replace it, and will share that info once I get the e-mail quote.
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Left Zip Dee yesterday after replacing the patio awning which blew off in Arizona. Good company to deal with. Since one of the braces had to be replaced, I did the upgrade to the new style rafter arms. Much easier to hook up. I also had a travel latch installed as suggested and and a rear slide bar. I made some spacers to set the slide bar out enough to clear the aluminum trim, but they suggested letting them put a slight bow in the bar. It works great and looks much better than my spacers would have. Both of the head castings with the Zip Dee logo were ruined and had to be replaced. The new ones are now painted with no imbossing and only a Zip Dee sticker. I asked if they would look around for some old style castings, even used ones. They were gone for about a half hour and returned with 2 New Old Stock shiny head castings. Same price as the painted ones. Also replaced the flex key and added handles to the arms and 2 new chairs with matching fabric. They also straightened the sagging tube. An expensive mishap, but everything looks and works much better than before.
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Looks great John & Nancy,

Did this layover help with the June compromise return date
Not trying to stir up one of those Spousal things
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Any Ideas on how to straighten a bent tube? Mine even has a kink in it but I think I can pull that out for now or has anyone replaced the tube with local parts? The rest of mine is okay.
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Any Ideas on how to straighten a bent tube? Mine even has a kink in it but I think I can pull that out for now or has anyone replaced the tube with local parts? The rest of mine is okay.

Put a ladder (with padding) or something in the middle and a friend on each end and slowly put pressure on it. Now having a kink in the tube is another matter. You may want to replace the tube....
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Bill, got 3 extra days and a trip to Chicago at an average of $500 a day!

They repaired my tube, by placing it on 2 metal saw horses and one guy pushed down on it until it rolled without wobbling. New tubes are $10 a foot. By the way, they have used their last Blue Bird silk screen and don't plan to have anymore made.
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