My main slide topper awning began tearing on both ends, then recently it ripped out the sewing and pulled itself out of the center section, .....soooo, I removed the tube and all (don't forget to install cotter pins or a bent over nail in each end to lock the torsion spring), then removed the white vinyl material and seeing that I had at least 10" of travel left, I cut 4.5 inches off the bad end, which is against the coach and also exposed to the elements..sun included. Took it to my boat upholstery lady and had the bead sewn back in with the good stuff and re-installed it ...all for about $20 bucks and a gallon of gas. Camping World wants $179 with a membership and $79 shipping, just for the topper, not the whole hardware ass'y...and you still have to do the same work. So going that route, you might as well take it to them and have everything replace when things are on sale. Now since there's only about one wrap left on the tube when fully extended....and if there's a next time, then I'll order about $40 worth of this material or maybe even sunbrella and just have her make it up, like the old one.
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