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Old 09-29-2012, 09:55 AM   #1
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Slide topper fabric tear

Just noticed a small tear at a seam on one of our slide toppers Should we tape it....or will that cause more issues when we retracted it? Sewing it could be a challenge!
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If it's a seam that's come "un-sewn", and the material is still good, you can take the awning off and take it to an upholstery shop and have it re-stitched. I've done this before with good results.
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Old 09-29-2012, 10:26 AM   #3
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Small tears... Beacon Adhesives Fabri-Tac permanent adhesive. Available at Joanne"s fabrics or maybe other craft/fabric shops. The stuff really works. I had threads wera out, glued them and it lasted several years.

Removing and resewig is the way all the Care Free awnings will go eventually. They used cheap thread. GOOD NEWS...there is now a Sunbrella approved thread that is PFTE (Teflon) that is supposed to be good for fifteen years. I did the research on awning and boat canvas forums. Found the thread in a sample size from a supplier in Miami,FL for about $25, it normally is sold for shop sizes at around $125. Did all three awnings, double seams, and a lot smaller stitches than original. It should last the life of the fabric.
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It's relatively easy to replace the slide topper if it is an A&E topper. There is a company in CA that supplies replacement Sunbrella toppers made top fit your coach. They are inexpensive when compared to Camping world prices. We replaced all of ours 3 years ago with no prblems at all. The compnay is Shadepro. Here is their web site if you're interested. ShadePro Inc.
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Had all of mine done using the Sunbrella material in an RV Park in Corpus last winter because they were shredded due to old age. (kinda like me)
Since me and ladders do not like each other, I had a guy come to the site with his own laddder, took them off, and came back two days later to install them. Color matched to the main awning (which was replaced with same material by previous owner) and look real nice. All in for cash $400.00 AND, I did't have to argue with my ladder.
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Awning tape from any rv part store works great on small tears. Virtually invisible, and lasts.
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Have used RV Goop from Walmart on bottom of edge which works for at least 2 years. I crawl on top of slide out to put RV Goop on wall side. 04 Essex still orginal slide out covers. Use coach 200 plus days a year. Care Free of Colorado are the slide out covers.
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I put 303 Protectant on my boat cover threads and they didn't rot out anymore. Will do my MH when it cools off some.
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Twomed - Your post is music to my ears, I mean 'eyes' (... well, you know what I mean). The correct thread will make all the difference in the world. The fabric is still in great shape, it's just the thread that keeps breaking down.

I did a bunch of googling and finally found GoreTex Tenera thread, which is what I believe you are referring-to. Does that name sound right? It must be the right stuff because it costs $130 for a spool! Any chance you may remember the name of the store where you got it?

Did you run across a source for the white plastic cord (I believe it's called 'piping') that the fabric ends are wrapped around at each end and goes in the channels? Mine are in pretty-good shape but I figured I'd replace them while I was in there.

Many thanks for your help!
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Replacing the nylon tube (piping) would be a waste. Having done 8-10 topper covers and never replacing an inch of nylon and further, with no problems caused by the old nylon - waste of time & money.
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How do you mean that, Hal?

Are you saying the nylon piping is essentially indestructible? That would be a very pleasant thing, to find that SOMETHING on these coaches won't self-destruct!

Or do you mean it's so poorly-made it's not worth using again?
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Twomed - Your post is music to my ears, I mean 'eyes' (... well, you know what I mean). The correct thread will make all the difference in the world. The fabric is still in great shape, it's just the thread that keeps breaking down.

I did a bunch of googling and finally found GoreTex Tenera thread, which is what I believe you are referring-to. Does that name sound right? It must be the right stuff because it costs $130 for a spool! Any chance you may remember the name of the store where you got it?

Did you run across a source for the white plastic cord (I believe it's called 'piping') that the fabric ends are wrapped around at each end and goes in the channels? Mine are in pretty-good shape but I figured I'd replace them while I was in there.




Many thanks for your help!

Google a company called "Sailrite". They have an online web site that any of the above products can be purchased, including the sunbrella fabric. I used to be in the sailboat business, sales, service, also sail maker and canvas worker. They sell Dacron uv thread in different quantities, piping, etc. prices are very reasonable.
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Bad link....I'm working on it for you.

Much less $$$ than the big rolls.

Same as Tenara...different maufacturer. Outlasts all dacron by miles. Google Solarfix thread for more info.

http://www.miamicorp.com/products/MA.../SOLARFIX.aspx

Ta da...it finally worked!! The 1360 thread size you can use on a home machine or quilter. The 2000 is heavier and may cause problems feeding in your machine. The sample spool is natural white..almost exactly what my Carefree thread was in color.
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I tried awning tape with poor results. I found that clear duct tape worked great. Clean the are as best you can first.
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