Video # 39

Airstream Awnings

Classic Rides' host Kevin Tetz is proud of the restoration job he has done on the 1970 Airstream Overland Yacht Trailer. The RV practically looks like a new trailer. According to Kevin, this vintage RV is going to look as comfortable and more importantly as reliable as it looks.

As a finishing touch, Kevin is going to add awnings to the RV. It will actually give the Airstream more dimension and give them more living space when they are out camping, he says. To help him with the installation of the awnings is Bob Miller from Zip Dee Awnings.

According to Bob, the installation of the awning only requires three major components. These include, the awning itself, the arms that support the awnings, and the head casting that connects the arms to the awning.

The awning that Bob is installing is unique because part of the cover, the flex key, comes off so that the awning can be installed into the trailer without having to maneuver the heavy canvas part.

Kevin shows us the hand tools he is going to use for this project: wrenches, screwdriver, a drill and a rivet gun. Kevin also installed a new, lower-profile stove vent to create a clearance for the awning.

Kevin and Bob begin by installing the awning's arms along the ribs of the trailer using screws and silicone. Then the head casting is installed to the top of the arm. The holes are drilled and again, filled with silicone.

With the arms lowered down, they install the head casting to the main awning assembly. And they install the arm to the head casting. Next, they remove the screw that holds the flex key to the awning assembly. They slide the flex key unit out and then the awning assembly goes, and is secured to the top bracket.

They load the inner spring to the awning by winding the awning clockwise. Then, the upper support arm is installed by Kevin. The awning has an aluminum cover that blends beautifully with the Airstream's exterior.

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