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Old 05-23-2011, 08:36 AM   #1
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Rear Slide Problem

Good morning all, I am new to this site and have an immediate problem that I am hoping someone can help me with. Iím currently sitting at a campsite in the northwest and I noticed that the canvas cover that goes over the rear slide is all unrolled and laying on top of the slide. I suspect that there should be some type of spring that keeps the cover tight. Has anyone encountered this problem and what was the fix? I can roll it up by hand but am afraid to travel this way because the wind may unwind it in route. Thanks for the help. Hugh
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Old 05-23-2011, 08:42 AM   #2
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How much rain water is pooled on top of the cover? If there is none, I would suggest that you attempt to remove the cover and store it until you get home and can get it fixed. Had a problem with one of mine last year and had to get a new spring assy for it. On each end there is a hole for a cotter pin to be inserted. I used a 16d nail. Close the slide, insert the pins and unbolt the hardware from the slide. Slide the whole thing out of the gutter and store it. While it does take two people to make it easier it only takes about 15 minutes to get it off and stored. If you cannot get it off where you are parked, then get a couple of really large cotter pins or two 16d nails, bend one end 90 degrees and insert them in the holes on each end. Then bend the other end to prevent them from falling out. Just don't forget they are there and attempt to open the slide. Otherwise you will have way more than a broken spring to deal with.
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Thanks Don/Lorri, I'll remove the end caps and see if I can find the hole and assess whether a nail will restrict the rotation. Did you replace the spring assembly yourself?
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Do not need to remove the end cap. this is what holds the spring tension. There is a slot in the cap and when properly aligned you will see the hold.
No, I did not do it myself. Took it to a place and the labor was like 30 dollars.
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The slide toppers are just miniature trailer awnings. They all work the same way. If the spring snapped or the pop rivets broke holding the end caps your awning will not wind back up. Remove it and store away until you can repair the awning. Last year my awning unfurled while driving. I think the lever got put into the unroll position by a tree branch. It ruined the fabric. I replaced the fabric and freshened up the rest of the ratchet mechanism. It was pretty worn. It took 3 people pulling and guiding the fabric to get it engaged and through the fabric holder screwed to the trailer. Then it took another 2 hours to get everything back together. Parts are easily available.
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Don/Lorri, The end cap that I was referring to is a decorative plastic cap at each end held on with one screw. All of the mechanism is under these caps. I did as you suggested and after I rolled it up by hand, I inserted an alan wrench into the hole and then replaced the cap to keep it from falling out. I am home now in the Seattle area and the local dealer said that they had a spring assmbly in stock and it would take less than an hour to fix. Thanks to all for the help.
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