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Old 12-06-2018, 07:03 AM   #1
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Slide Topper Tension

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Their has been a lot of discussion about this topic, however, my toppers are made by Carefree and I would like to know what their official stance is on their methods of tensioning their Slide Toppers?
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Carefree has a maintenance section donít remember the title. But it has all the suggested tension parameters based on model of toppers. You can call too the tech support section. They will email the PDF.
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Thanks 10Boomer , Iíll try that in s couple of hours. Iíll also let the Forum know what they say.
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I don't know what the "official" stance is as I have not called them, but i have downloaded and read all of their manuals on the Omega II and SOK models, and there is no mention of any procedure to tension the awning.

All of the manuals cover new installation and awning fabric replacement and they just say to pin the roller so as to not lose the factory tension.

I expect that if you called them and said your topper was sagging (water pooling) they would tell you the fabric has stretched and offer to sell you new fabric.

However, this mechanism is similar to a garage door (torsional spring) and I would think that you could easily add "one additional wrap" of the fabric on the roller bar assembly to add or regain some tension.

EDIT: Sorry, 10Boomer you posted while I was typing. If there are instructions on tensioning - I would like to have this too. I have searched the entire COC site (and Google) and could not find anything. Maybe you need to call them to get it.
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Country B and Seaplane. I have limited access to my PC I have the PDF I believe in my files. Currently working on retirement home WA so my days are pretty busy. When I get hone later tonight Iíll find the file and upload for you guys.
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Ok 10Boomer, Iím sure Country B will enjoy that as much as I will. Thanks again and you need to enjoy your retirement home as well. Stay well !
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Another thing to inspect while your up there is the topper connection to the coach body. That trim piece (sorry, can't remember the name) that goes the full length of the coach covering up the seam between the roof and walls has separated on several coaches. CaptnJake (thanks john) pointed it out on my coach and I caught it before it did any damage. The topper pulling on it doesn't help.
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Just call Chris Throgmartin at Talin RV. Heís a dealer for all brands, an experienced RV expert, and a fellow Monaco (HR) owner. And heís a great guy. www.talinrv.com
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2008 Monaco Camelot 42 PDQ

Their has been a lot of discussion about this topic, however, my toppers are made by Carefree and I would like to know what their official stance is on their methods of tensioning their Slide Toppers?
This Forum is one the finest library’s that is available to its members.
Thanks again in advance for your cooperation!

Carefree has a "spring wind chart" that is model dependent. However, the short answer is that depending on the age of the spring, the tension may vary. You can't really overwind the spring because the spring will stop winding at some point (it will physically stop and you will need to unwind). But, you don't want more tension than necessary because it puts stress on the fabric and stitching. Generally, one additional full wind while the slide/awning is extended, is sufficient to pick up any age related slack. If the awning material has developed a "belly" there isn't a practical solution other than replacement.
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..., is sufficient to pick up any age related slack. If the awning material has developed a "belly" there isn't a practical solution other than replacement.
Oh, just like old men. : -0
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Thank you, makes sense to me.
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Another thing to inspect while your up there is the topper connection to the coach body. That trim piece (sorry, can't remember the name) that goes the full length of the coach covering up the seam between the roof and walls has separated on several coaches. CaptnJake (thanks john) pointed it out on my coach and I caught it before it did any damage. The topper pulling on it doesn't help.


Good to know, I will check that out, Thanks
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Will do, Thanks
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Now I Get it, old like me, although, nothing I could afford would make me any happier than this old girl
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