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Old 09-13-2012, 07:49 AM   #1
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Slide topper came un-sprung

I have looked around on this site and others and can't seem to find the info I am looking for, so I will ask the experts at IRV2.

My slide topper apparently didn't stow itself correctly and although the DW noticed this on the pre-flight walk around, she forgot to mention it to me until after I saw it blowing in the breeze in the side mirror while going down the highway.

It was damaged beyond repair and I was forced to cut it off at the roof rail and roller at the side of the road. As a result, the tube unwound itself when the slide was put out at the next stop. I am in the process of ordering a new topper from "Tough Tops" and I fully understand how to install a new one, but what I don't know is how tight or how many turns of the roller is necessary to get the proper tension.

Does anyone know the proper proceedure for doing this and is "Tough Tops" a good choice for replacement? I don't want to have to guess at the proper tension/rotations and risk it being too loose or too tight.

I have thought about using the main awning pull strap and wrapping it around the tube then extending the slide and then add a turn or two to the roller before locking it in place. Would this work or is there a more precise proceedure?

Thanks in advance for the advice... Jason

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Old 09-13-2012, 08:11 AM   #2
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If it's a A&E or carefree you can call tech service and they could tell you how many but I've had to replace them like your doing and I started with 5 rounds and then go from there to adj to tight and it will pull the top of box in

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If it's a A&E or carefree you can call tech service and they could tell you how many but I've had to replace them like your doing and I started with 5 rounds and then go from there to adj to tight and it will pull the top of box in

Carefree, among others I guess, have the necessary info on their web site. Regardless of the make, this job should be similar to their info.
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Old 09-13-2012, 01:06 PM   #4
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I replaced mine with the Tough Top replacements. They are great and the instructions provided simplify the task in comparison with the Carefree instructions. To tighten the spring, check the carefree service manuals. When installed and under some tension when fully extended, you can increase the tension by pinning the tube at one end, removing it and putting the desired number of turn on, then retracting the slide to the reduced length of the topper and reinstalling / unpinning.
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