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Old 07-03-2015, 11:55 PM   #1
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Have you changed your slide toppers yourself?

My slide toppers are starting to show signs of wear and tear and I was wondering how difficult is it to change them. It looks rather straight forward so I was wondering if this is this something that a moderately handy guy can change himself or is it better left to the so called "experts"?

Any advice from anyone who has tackled this job wold be great.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 07-04-2015, 12:36 AM   #2
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Did all of mine a few months ago. It's not really hard to do.
I got the replacement material from here: http://toughtopawnings.com/how-to-re...ng-fabric.html

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Pretty easy. I had mine done in a campground in Texas for slightly more than the cost of the Sunbrella material. All I had to do was watch and write the check.
The job was not really complicated but working on a ladder by myself was not an option.
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PITA doing it. Expensive too. Next time they won't get replaced, they flop in the wind, we still get stuff under them, we still get water inside and if it pours we get soaked when retracting the slides. Waste of money...
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Old 07-04-2015, 09:24 AM   #5
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We replaced ours and after doing the first one the rest were easy. It took a little time, about two hours to replace all four.
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I changed two of mine at a CG in NC last year, with the help of a neighbor! It's not very difficult and you can save a lot of money! I would recommend you have two 8' stepladders available!

Check with Chris at Stone Vos for the best materials out there!
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I've changed one and removed and reinstalled the others to do some seam repair (restitching). Not a big deal, though the first one is a learning curve. Best to have a friend cause an extra pair of hands can be a big help at a couple of points. A&E (Dometic) and Carefree toppers are very similar but the procedure details differ slightly. Good instructions usually come with the replacement fabric.
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I changed two of mine at a CG in NC last year, with the help of a neighbor! It's not very difficult and you can save a lot of money! I would recommend you have two 8' stepladders available!

Check with Chris at Stone Vos for the best materials out there!

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My slide toppers are starting to show signs of wear and tear and I was wondering how difficult is it to change them. It looks rather straight forward so I was wondering if this is this something that a moderately handy guy can change himself or is it better left to the so called "experts"?

Any advice from anyone who has tackled this job wold be great.

Thanks in advance.

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Actually fixed mine by just cutting it back about 4" and having the bead resown back in. That's been some years ago and now and it's fraying here and there again. I've never seen the better material on one and maybe would outlast the vinyl used.
Which ever, pin the tension roller with cotter pins, so as not to kill yourself with it unravling. Remove the the rivets or screws necessary to slide it off the track and most liklely to the rear, using two people.
If you somehow find yourself starting from scratch with no tension, then carefully put 13 turns on each side and lock it with the said cotter pins before reinstalling.
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Actually fixed mine by just cutting it back about 4" and having the bead resown back in. That's been some years ago and now and it's fraying here and there again. I've never seen the better material on one and maybe would outlast the vinyl used.
Which ever, pin the tension roller with cotter pins, so as not to kill yourself with it unravling. Remove the the rivets or screws necessary to slide it off the track and most liklely to the rear, using two people.
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carefully put 13 turns on each side and lock it with the said cotter pins before reinstalling.

Wouldn't the number of turns depend on the manufacturer and model awnings he has?
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Changed two and repaired one.

CAUTION: You can do tremendous damage to your fingers and hands if not careful. Search this forum for tons of great tips and videos. Two people really helps.

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Old 07-04-2015, 11:12 AM   #12
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Yes, never had done one before and did both on my motorhome with the help of DW.

The only tricky bit really is making sure that you have the tensioner properly blocked to stop the spring from rolling it after you unfurl the original (very strong and potentially painful). The rest is just sliding out the old and sliding in the new being careful not to snag the new on any sharp points. There are several youtube video's showing the process.

It was not really difficult at all when it came down to it. Good opportunity to replace some rusty screws as well.
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Ditto on post number 2.
Got ours from there, watched the video and replacement was a breeze.
Like the video says, clean the topper roof while you can.


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Wouldn't the number of turns depend on the manufacturer and model awnings he has?
You're most likely right and should have said for my Dometic, so best to look it up and get it right. I see a lot of them sagging a lot and especially with a little rain, so don't know what's going on with them.
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