What is the difference between A&E and Carefree John ? Ace maybe p***** at Zip/Dee but I bet he would have a hard time trading his Zip/Dee for the A&E or Carefree I know I wouldn't you can be setting in the shade with a Zip/Dee while still trying to get the first leg down on A&E or Carefree.
Those upright arms going to the power heads on Zip/Dee are a 1in square solid Stainless Steel bar they are not a cheap built or under engineered awnings they are not cheap in price either lol
This is the A&E item that I have had since 90 and it was years old then. The center support can
be adjusted for more or less support tension. I strongly endorse this product and the A&E
awning. It has operated correctly and with ease in every regard.http://www.pplmotorhomes.com/parts/rv-awnings/awning-rafters.htm
This is the Carefree “Rafter Tensioner”. It says it is a “universal” design so it is compatible with
the ZipDee and A&E. The spec says it is made from cast components or some such and i think
that would make it a little less rugged than the A&E similar item. It seems to have all the
functions as the A&E but the center support for the stowed awning is much different. The
CareFree item doesn’t seem to give full under-support and is engaged by the rolled awning
pressing against it. The center support is also a additional charge and sold seperately from the
The A&E costs $146 and the Carefree cost $109 without the center support which I feel is a must
have feature. I guess the costs should be similar.
Be certain that I am not saying that I feel any of these products is not suitable or am being
critical. They have different features of manufacturer and materials that influence my
opinion/recommendation but that is why we have horse races.
This is the second time I have drafted a response. The first disappeared and I suspect that it timed out or something due to my being interrupted by running some errands. I did answer you promptly, or tried to do so.