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Old 06-17-2011, 07:19 PM   #1
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Slide out topper material replacement

I am looking for instructions to replace the slide out cover (Carefree of Colorado ) on my 1998 American Tradition Coach, 40'. Any info is appreciated.
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Old 06-17-2011, 08:10 PM   #2
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Great article locate here: Carefree Slide Topper Repair/Replace

I repaired mine several weeks ago, just took off the material and a local shop sewed them up for $20!
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Old 06-17-2011, 11:43 PM   #3
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mvz944t....."texnet"...... posted my instructions on changing the slide cover above. Make sure you read down to the 6th post where it explains how to do your large slide with little effort. Even if your material is shot, take the old stuff out and have a boat shop use the old as a template. Sunbrella boat awning material would be a better replacement material than Carefree's fabric and at about half the price.
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Old 06-18-2011, 03:59 PM   #4
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I added a comment to that thread (never seen it before) about the locking holes on the end of Carefree topper roller tubes for future reference by others. Here's the info...

I have replaced my topper material twice on both slides. The Carefree roller tubes have a set of locking holes toward the left end of the roller tube.


After opening the slide, I unroll a bit more fabric by hand while looking for one of the two holes on the face of the roller tube near the left end of the tube. I "lock" the roller by putting a pin or screw through one of the holes, then rotating the tube by hand until it drops through the hole in the inner piece. That locks the roller spring in place. Then I remove the bolt through the end of the roller and lift the roller just enough to slide the fabric out of the slot.


The screwdriver through the end will work well, but has to be left there until you put it back together. If you pin the tube via the holes, you can remove the tube or whatever you want/need to do. In the case of my toppers, there is more than just a few inches of fabric left on the roller tubes when the slides are all the way out. Unwinding the spring-loaded roller tube by hand that much would be difficult.
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I just reinstalled my topper yesterday after taking it off and having it re sewn. I used the instructions from http://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/do...e%20Manual.pdf

I did have my neighbor help with the removal and installation. Much easier with two people.
Got the topper re sewn at Salem Tent and Awning in Salem Oregon for $5 what a deal.
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