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Old 02-18-2007, 02:53 PM   #15
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We just replaced ours. They were splitting next to the metal weather shield. I believe the sun and high winds on occasion in Illinois was the reason ours only lasted three years. It is quite a job to change them by your self. I would recommend at least one helper and two would be even better.
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Old 02-18-2007, 04:18 PM   #16
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No problem I have the helpers, thanks! How many turns di you have to wind the spring before you slid in the topper?
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Old 02-19-2007, 09:52 AM   #17
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Tim,

I changed out both of my toppers last Summer. It's a pretty easy job.

I extended my slides which of course unwinds the toppers most of the way, then I had to manually unwind the living room slide about 2 additional turns. My bedroom slide doesn't extend as far, but the toppers were the same length, so after extending that slide, I had to manually unwind it 4-5 turns more. Once they are unwound, insert the cotter pin to hold the tension and slide the old topper out and the new one in.

It does help having 2 people so one can hold the roller tension while the other inserts the cotter pin.
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Thanks Joe, that's just what I needed to know!
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Old 02-19-2007, 01:38 PM   #19
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replaced mine 1997 and it is still good.
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Old 02-20-2007, 01:27 PM   #20
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Replaced both mine this year. The bedroom slide was worn and torn on the leading edge. The living room was torn, delaminated and had holes.
The bedroom I used A&E material and it was just a straight fabric. This I thought was equal to the original.
The living roon I replaced with Carefree of Colorado material and it appeared to be a heavier grade and had a 1 inch sown hem on both the leading and trailing edge, and it was cheaper.
Time will tell which is better
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Old 02-28-2007, 07:24 PM   #21
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My MH is a 2002 and mine seemed to just shred apart one fine day...I am looking for a local solution. I would replace them myself but can't find much info about the difficulty level.
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Old 03-01-2007, 06:08 AM   #22
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Seems to be a lot of information here. I got 2 responses with different approaches to the job. I got the fabric the other day and there's pretty good instructions in the box. I just need it to warm up a little before I try.
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Purchased our 2002 Minnie in Oct. 2006 and the slide topper was shredded. I ordered a genaric replacement fabric from a local dealer. It turned out to be from Carefree with hemmed edges. It included cotter pins and instruction.

I did mine by myself. My slide is only 20" deep and the fabric is 48" so by the time I reached the end of the slippery mildewed fabric my hands were fatigued making the cotter pin insertion a challenge.

I suggest getting an assistant to help because of the tension in the roller.

Oh, one thing that may help with alignment. Mark the rail on the RV to indicate the ends of the old fabric. Use this as a guide when installing the replacment.

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Been putting mine off for a year. Just mended them last year. Guess I better do it in the next couple of months. So if any difficulty comes up while you are replacing them make sure you come back and post it. I will be doing mine pretty quick here.
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From the looks of the weather here lately I won't be even trying this job for awhile so you'll beat me to it!
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Has anyone found a better fabric than the A&E material that only seems to last a few years?

Surely there is something that will last longer than this?

Thought?
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We are still on our original A&E fabrics. All but the slideout are acrylic. If you will keep them clean and use a UV protectant on them they should do very well.
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I do better than that Wizzard, I have kept my entire RV covered when not in use and it is still falling apart. Since I work full time I am lucky to have mine exposed to the sun more than 4-5 weeks total a year. And a lot of that is in the woods where it is shady.

But it is still delaminating. I am still looking for someone else that makes topper fabric if anyone has any tips

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