Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-24-2015, 06:28 AM   #1
Join Date: Sep 2005
Posts: 57
Carefree SOK III Slide Topper Owners

From time to time, when we run across a common problem with a slide topper assembly we try and disseminate this information to groups and members who own particular model coaches or manufactured parts. This post is for those of you who own Carefree SOK III slide topper assemblies.

We are finding in the field during our inspections at rally's the center bolt on the end caps are working loose. Some of our customers are reporting to us that they also are finding these bolts backed out during their own inspections. The incident rate is so high that we are taking this step to let our fellow RV'ers know by posting this problem here.

These bolts working loose creates a severe safety hazard. One of our customers just recently had his bolts work loose, the end caps then pulled out far enough for the torsion spring to unwind which allowed the fabric to unfurl. This occurred during travel and the wind caught the fabric and pulled the entire roller tube free destroying the assembly in the process. Thankfully it landed on the roof and he was able to stop before his coach or any vehicles near him were seriously damaged.

We are recommending to our customers that they check the center bolts on their end caps if they in fact have Carefree Model SOK III assemblies. If you are not sure what model Carefree assembly you have simply look at the end caps. If there are numerous bolts on the end then you have an SOK III model. If you have one screw in the center then this is the older style SOK II model. If your coach has Carefree topper assemblies and it was made during or after 2007 then you have the SOK III. For those of you with a 2006 model coach then you will need to check your end caps to see which model you have. 2006 was the transition year and some 2006 coaches made it off the lines with SOK II and some with SOK III.

Some of our customers are going to a slightly longer bolt and using BLUE Loctite on the threads. PLEASE be aware you CANNOT remove these bolts without first pinning the torsion spring in place. Failure to do so will result in the torsion spring violently unloading and possibly breaking.

We hope this info helps several of you and prevents any accidents and injuries. As always we will try and answer any questions you may have and assist you with any problems.

We wish you safe travels and may you all have an enjoyable spring/summer traveling season.

Chris T
Stone Vos LLC
Stone Vos Inc
Chris T is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Slide Topper Awning Support MSHappyCampers iRV2.com General Discussion 22 08-13-2017 02:41 PM
Slide topper cover WDW Class C Motorhome Discussions 4 03-25-2015 09:38 PM
Carefree topper on bedroom slide edstep Thor Industries Owner's Forum 3 11-21-2014 06:30 AM
Slide toppers, Carefree Summit System smlranger MH-General Discussions & Problems 1 04-27-2014 01:43 PM
Slide Topper problem dmignogno Class A Motorhome Discussions 1 03-30-2014 09:34 AM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:09 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2018, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.