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Old 04-14-2009, 02:18 PM   #1
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Slide-Out topper adjustment

One of my A&E Systems slide-out toppers sags and holds rain water. Is there an adjustment to take the sag out of the topper? If so, how is the adjustment done?

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Old 04-14-2009, 03:32 PM   #2
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Rain Heavy

No matter how much you adjust it, it will always slightly sag in the middle and hold rain water and slowly hold more & more.

If it is a real concern, there are some good write ups on making a center ridge pole out of 3/4" PVC with 6 "T" fittings. If it is a small short one, you can get by with just 4 "T"s.
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I read somwhere, probably here, about a simple solution. A childs blow up beach balls. Inflate to size needed and put under the center of the awning. Sounds like a good cheap option.
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Another option

http://www.amazon.com/Big-Boss-Pool-.../dp/B000DZMAZA
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Sorry for the multiple posts but here they are at a much better price.

http://www.inyopools.com/Products/09...&CS_003=906191
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Hi, I just replaced my slide covers a few months ago. The only way I could see to adjust the tension would be to extend the slide and then turn the tube by hand and lock it with a cotter pin, (or something similar, I used a #10 finish nail an it got bent). Remove the the topper, remove the pin, while holding the tension by hand, and turn the tube 1/2 turn more, lock it in place, replace the topper, remove the pin and release the tension very slowly. Test if it is tight enough, repeat as needed to get proper tension. Or..... just live with it, like I did until the fabric needed replacing.
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are a whole lot cheaper than Girard Toppers/Awnings (which don't seem to have this problem but cost a fortune).
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Thanks for all the replies.
As a motorhome newbie I'm still trying to figure everything all.

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Hi, I just replaced my slide covers a few months ago. The only way I could see to adjust the tension would be to extend the slide and then turn the tube by hand and lock it with a cotter pin, (or something similar, I used a #10 finish nail an it got bent). Remove the the topper, remove the pin, while holding the tension by hand, and turn the tube 1/2 turn more, lock it in place, replace the topper, remove the pin and release the tension very slowly. Test if it is tight enough, repeat as needed to get proper tension. Or..... just live with it, like I did until the fabric needed replacing.
I replaced my living room slide topper, a few months ago. Luckily the new fabric fits good and tight. The old fabric had begun to sag, before it got tore up in the Kansas wind.
I wouldn't have been to eager to take the whole thing apart, just to take some sag out of it.
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Hi, I just replaced my slide covers a few months ago. The only way I could see to adjust the tension would be to extend the slide and then turn the tube by hand and lock it with a cotter pin, (or something similar, I used a #10 finish nail an it got bent). Remove the the topper, remove the pin, while holding the tension by hand, and turn the tube 1/2 turn more, lock it in place, replace the topper, remove the pin and release the tension very slowly. Test if it is tight enough, repeat as needed to get proper tension. Or..... just live with it, like I did until the fabric needed replacing.
You can do as above says, but I would have someone assist you, and use caution, there is quite a bit of torque in the springs, and I have known others get hit three times, before hand got out of way.
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If all else fails give this LINK a try, by all means get some help and be careful.
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