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Old 08-20-2018, 12:22 PM   #1
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Cost to repair vs replace slide topper

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I was at my local dealer earlier today and they noticed a 1-2 inch hole in my big slide topper. They reckoned it could be 250$ for the material and an hour or two labor at 100$ an hour.

I know the tech fairly well and normally will tell me if its an easy job I can do myself.

I asked about patching with awning tape and he said it could be done but the topper was an inch or so out if its track. He did say I vould try bringing it some place to be sewn.

Coach only went through its PDI (different dealer) in May and I did not spot it then, it may have happened since then.

Should I try a repair or bite the bullet and have them replace it?

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Old 08-20-2018, 12:59 PM   #2
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Unicorn Driver,

You are better off replacing it than trying to repair it as it will inevitably fail over time.

If its a larger/wider slide....it is typically a two person job and best completed with one person on the roof and another on a portable scaffold on the ground.

You can use two tall A-frame ladders ( I prefer Little Giant), but you don't have immediate mobility from the ground while pulling the new fabric on in unison with the other person on the roof.

It is a relatively easy job if you want to do it yourself with some assistance and if your comfortable up on the roof?

Go to Youtube and search for "RV Geeks Slide Topper Replacement" and watch their 7 minute video if your not familiar with how to replace the fabric.

Also, if your going to replace it....consider going with "Tough Top Toppers". The sell a 15oz topper that is stronger and more durable than the OEM fabric that came on your coach.

You get a discount with promo code "RVGEEKSROCK" if you order on their website and there is no sales tax or shipping charges.

Disclosure, I have no connection to either one, but I use their products as evident by the photo from my own coach which was recently done.....see the scaffold?

Hope this helps.....let me know if I can help any further.
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Old 08-20-2018, 01:29 PM   #3
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Thanks Tori for the reply.

I will undeed get it replaced, I will check out the tough toppers.
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Old 08-20-2018, 04:56 PM   #4
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I just got 3 topper from Stone Vos $200 less than the Carefree I have on my coach plus only $20 shipping from Florida

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Thanks 2 Stroker, will check out that company.
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I replaced mine in March with one on amazon for $105 and free shipping. It came from Elkhart and seems to be the same quality as the original. Pretty easy to install but watch that spring tension.
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Thanks Arizona,

It was the spring tensioner that put me off. Also I don't have a long enough ladder.
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A buddy and I replaced our coach's two toppers from the roof. It was not difficult. The spring-tension thing is something to be careful with, for sure, but did not seem dangerous (not so sure that's the same for the rotary springs on our garage doors!)

I went with the Stone Vos toppers, based on recommendations here on iRV2. Ingrid is the co-owner; her customer service is excellent (as is that of Chris, her husband). Ingrid recommended Migliore vinyl for the material, for it stands up better in freezing environments such as ours and yours.
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How old are the Toppers? Likely time to replace anyway. Better to do now than when on a trip and one rips up.

I recently had four done at Tough Top Awnings in Vancouver for $950 material and labor. Rated one of the best materials. They will ship to you for DIY or your installer.
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Cheers Mark,

Thats definitley something ro consider, the tech did say they could install one I purchased myself.
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Bought mine from Tough Tops. Had the long one (22') installed ($75) and installed the short one (12') myself. Just go slow and it isn't hard to do.
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Hi Ufo,

75$ was a great price to have one installed.

I think my apprehension about this is reading about folks having issues replacing awning, I must presume a topper is easier to do.
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I was at a FMCA Rally and flagged down the guys doing awning and slide topper replacements. Asked for a price for installing my topper and they said $75 cash so it was a no brainer. Finding someone else to handle one end was the hardest part for the one I did.
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Finding someone to help is often the hardest part for me also for jobs.

I did email the service manager from the place I bought it asking would this have been checked during the PDI. He asked me to send a photo and he would see what he could do.

The place I purchased it is not where I normally go for work.
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