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Old 12-12-2013, 08:45 AM   #1
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Slide topper replacement, DIY job?

I just got my new slide topper fabric from Stone Vos (they are really nice folks and the toppers they made are outstanding). I don't mind paying someone else to replace them but really want to take the opportunity of having good access to tops of the slide rooms for checking, cleaning, seal inspection, etc.

Has anyone replaced their Carefree toppers themselves? If so, was it difficult? My toppers have the metal covers with the teardrop shaped caps on the end.
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It's a two person job. Not hard, just follow instructions, be careful, and take your time. Should only be a torsion on one end, so you pin that end, unbolt the other end and slide it off and reverse.
If you pay someone, and they are GOOD, then they will let you have access to the slide roofs to look at it all.
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Agree it is slow and steady kind of a job, and a two person one at that. Also think safety in regards to of course the height and the spring.

On some era CC's, the tops had right angles along the sides and also towards front (in this case front means the side of the slide as you are facing from, well, the side!). We removed our existing big slide awning, due to a spring break, and while off had the fabric re-sewed with UV protective thread. I also clean and inspected the top, and the top rubber seal was also cleaned and protected. All of my right angle joints looked good, so for now I did nothing. But, some have gone over them with a strip of Eternabond tape, and or scraped and resealed/calked the leading edges. (Not sure about the slide construction on your era coach, so may not be applicable.

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I just got my new slide topper fabric from Stone Vos (they are really nice folks and the toppers they made are outstanding). I don't mind paying someone else to replace them but really want to take the opportunity of having good access to tops of the slide rooms for checking, cleaning, seal inspection, etc.

Has anyone replaced their Carefree toppers themselves? If so, was it difficult? My toppers have the metal covers with the teardrop shaped caps on the end.
I did two of mine on the passenger side. Not a hard job. But another hand would come I'm handy, I did mine alone.
Remove the cleaning cover, 2 spring loaded pins on each end. With the slide out about a foot rotate the roller by hand until you can put a pin about a 3/16 hole on the right end, the pin is to keep the spring secure.. I used a small Allen wrench..make sure the pin does not come out..duct tape or something. Then remove the right end cap and the left end just slides out, you can pull the slide in and let the roller just unroll and hang down the side of the MH. Now remove the roller standing on the ground. Remove the screws on the end holding the fabric in place and then slide the fabric out of the groove.on the Coach.
About the only time you need another person is when you remove and lower the roller tube.
I had to restitch mine after the wind pulled it loose.
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After reading my post I want to add, in order to get the pin in you have yo rotate the roller to align the holes.
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I did two of mine on the passenger side. Not a hard job. But another hand would come I'm handy, I did mine alone.
Remove the cleaning cover, 2 spring loaded pins on each end. With the slide out about a foot rotate the roller by hand until you can put a pin about a 3/16 hole on the right end, the pin is to keep the spring secure.. I used a small Allen wrench..make sure the pin does not come out..duct tape or something. Then remove the right end cap and the left end just slides out, you can pull the slide in and let the roller just unroll and hang down the side of the MH. Now remove the roller standing on the ground. Remove the screws on the end holding the fabric in place and then slide the fabric out of the groove.on the Coach.
About the only time you need another person is when you remove and lower the roller tube.
I had to restitch mine after the wind pulled it loose.
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OK, I plan to do the smaller curbside bedroom slide just to see how it goes. I downloaded the instructions from Carefree's website and those say you pin the roller at the left end and remove the roller bracket on the right end. They say nothing about removing the roller.... just to support it at the right end while you pull the old fabric off the right end of the roller. I am assuming your's are like mine.... the SOKIII.
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OK, I plan to do the smaller curbside bedroom slide just to see how it goes. I downloaded the instructions from Carefree's website and those say you pin the roller at the left end and remove the roller bracket on the right end. They say nothing about removing the roller.... just to support it at the right end while you pull the old fabric off the right end of the roller. I am assuming your's are like mine.... the SOKIII.
Carefree have one torsion.

The other description was for a Dometic, which has two. Different replacement technique.
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OK, I plan to do the smaller curbside bedroom slide just to see how it goes. I downloaded the instructions from Carefree's website and those say you pin the roller at the left end and remove the roller bracket on the right end. They say nothing about removing the roller.... just to support it at the right end while you pull the old fabric off the right end of the roller. I am assuming your's are like mine.... the SOKIII.
Not exactly sure of the model but I do have carefree and the pin hole is on the right end facing the coach, I did the same awning. I don't guess it makes a difference how you achieve the results but I think you will find it easier to remove the roller rather than feed the fabric out of both grooves at the same time.
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On my coach, Allure 31459, I found that there was enough fabric left on the roller tube to reverse it and virturely have a new awning however the groove is a different size. So you have to change the plastic cord, but doable. Good luck.
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I did mine also. Not that hard but does work easier with and extra set of hands. Good luck and take your time.
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