I read your answer the day you posted it. But since I was working on the templates I went back and re-read it.
You said "The latest classifieds should remove the zipcode from everywhere if you turn it off on search page upload page etc". I have the Feb 20 build of Classifieds and turning off Zip codes in Admin does not remove it from uploadproduct.php or search.php.
I had to manually remove those sections.
Am I missing something? I'd prefer to use the stock tmpl files and have the admin remove the zipcode boxes if that's possible.