Ok, to respond to all the posts.
My Zip Dee is circa 1991 and it's got straight arms, not the curved ones that you have to use on an airstream.
Yes, I have the awning pole.
Here is how you deploy the awning:
1. Take pole and unclip awning at both ends.
2. pull out awning
3. take side arms and attach them to the awning BACK AT THE TOP OF THE COACH. You need the ladder to do this which I find inconvenient.
4. pull on the awning until the catches click
5. Raise the awning to desired height, again requiring the ladder because it's so high off the ground. (and yes, I AM vertically challenged but my tall friend needed the ladder too)
I guess I was just used to the awning on my trailer. It was easy to use and you didn't need a ladder. And you could do it quickly if a sudden wind came up. I've put away my awning on my trailer in the wee hours of the morning if I felt it was too windy.
I don't see anything quick about using this older version of the Zip Dee, particularly if you have to get a ladder out of the storage compartment.
Oh well, just my personal gripe. I think I'll buy an umbrella for my chair.