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Old 12-09-2009, 06:20 PM   #1
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Carefree slideout topper


i got the pdf from carefree for replacing fabric. it says to line up the holes and shove in the cotter pin. no matter how much i rotate it i can't find the inner hole. Anyone had this problem?

Also, this is the dinette slide out with a bedroom slideout behind, on the same awning rail. They want me to remove the right bracket (rear) and slide the awning back and out. i would have to remove the bedroom awning first to do this. makes no sense to me.
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Old 12-10-2009, 02:11 AM   #2
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tbfirm, welcome to iRV2.com. We are glad to have you join us here and we look forward to reading of your adventures and experiences. I am sure you will enjoy the website and forums.
You will probably have to drill your own hole (we usually have to) in the inner tube spring is attached to. Once pinned the awning can be removed. You will want to take the fabric and tube off the front so to avoid the bedroom slide out Kover. You will remove the entire assembly out of the awning rail, replace the fabric on tube and reinstall. Good luck and keep us posted.

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Old 12-10-2009, 06:07 AM   #3
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Are there springs in both ends? In my case do i pin the back and take the front bracket off? or do i pin both ends?
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Old 12-10-2009, 06:41 AM   #4
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The roller is one piece so it makes no difference how many springs there are. FYI, there are probably 2 springs.
Holes on our "Inner" piece were at 12 & 6 o'clock positions. Both ends should be pinned so the tube doesn't try and "torque".
No one has mentioned but this really is a two person job at least for us beginners.
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Old 12-10-2009, 01:17 PM   #5
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My Carefree slideout awnings have the spring in the left end (standing facing the side of the motorhome), and the left end is the one that needs to be pinned. The right end on both of mine is free-floating. I pin the left end (rotating the roller to find the hole), and then remove the left bracket to pull the awning off the other end.
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Old 12-10-2009, 09:30 PM   #6
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tbfirm, I fully understand your problem, that is if you have the awning that has the arms shaped like a question mark. It that is what you have, mail me at rbdtanasi @ yahoo dot com (remove the extra spaces) and I will send you the complete procedure in a write-up I did on this awning. I replaced both mine. To answer your question, there is a hole already there, but one end must be removed from the roller tube depending on which end the spring is in. My write-up will cover that, and with drawings to boot.


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