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Old 12-24-2010, 08:14 AM   #1
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Slide topper replacement

I HAVE READ AND STUDIED UP ON THIS SUBJECT AND I AM STILL NOT SURE WHAT TO BUY AND USE FOR A TOPPER REPLACEMENT. TOUGH TOPPERS 15 OZ. FABRIC? SUNBRELLA ACRILIC FABRIC? I GET WATER LAYING ON TOPPER AFTER RAIN ON TOPPER. NEWMAR MANUAL STATES THAT THIS WILL HAPPEN,THEY STATE TO RETRACT SLIDE TO REMOVE WATER. NOT A VERY GOOD SOLUTION AS THE SLIDE HARDWARE AND MOTOR IS USED ENOUGH LET ALONE TO RID WATER OFF TOP. MY TOPPER JUST LOOKS LIKE IT DOES NOT HAVE ENOUGH SLOPE FROM THE COACH TO THE TOP OF THE SLIDE WHEN OUT. WOULD THE HEAVIER FABRIC FROM TOUGH TOPPERS HELP WITH THIS PROBLEM? MY TOPPER IS IN GREAT SHAPE FOR A 2000 MODEL BUT IT HAS BEEN STRECHED FROM THE WATER LAYING ON IT OVER THE YEARS. I HAVE 2 PIECES OF 3/4" PINK CELOTX THAT I SLIDE UNDER THE TOPPER WHEN OUT TO RAISE IT IN THE CENTER TO TRY AND GET THE WATER TO RUN OFF AND THIS WORKS FOR THE MOST PART BUT I WOULD LIKE TO GET AWAY FROM THIS AS PART OF MY SET UP WHEN WE CAMP AS IT REQUIRES A LADDER TO DO THIS.I WOULD LIKE TO HEAR FROM PEOPLE THAT HAVE HAD THIS PROBLEM AND THEIR FIXS AND IF THIER FIXS WORKED BEFORE I SPEND THE MONEY TO TRY AND FIX THIS PROBLEM BY REPLACING THE TOPPER. THANK YOU
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Old 12-24-2010, 08:53 AM   #2
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Palehorse89, I also have this problem. I stuff a large bundle of bubble wrap under mine. I believe one of the problems is that the fabric is not held tight enough by the spring tension & there is still more fabric that can pull out of the real. So the fabric is not extended all the way to its full length therefore allowing the water to gather and cause it to sag. Maybe someone has had good luck with the heavier fabrics not sagging, but I feel it is a never ending battle unless you can get a custom made topper that is fully extended when the slide is fully extended. By the way this only happens on my wide 30" & long 16' slide & not on the short 18" x 7' slide in the bedroom.
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Give this thread a view. You can adjust the tension of your top.
When your collecting water on topper drop your forward jacks down to run off water I have done it on mine after rain.
In Quick Tips & Mods where this thread came from there are other threads to do with awnings.
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I use a pole and push on the hex rod to create slack in the topper, this gets rid of most of the water. You may have to move the hex rod with a philips screw driver. I live in the Seattle, enough said.
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