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Old 04-18-2018, 10:37 AM   #1
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Slide Topper Sagging Fix

Iím sorry, but my 2 year old MH is used to travel. I hate the idea that my Dometic Slide topper only worked for the term of the warranty. Yeah, I can spend $100 plus time and travel cost, to have the dealer do something that I should be able to do for $0.00. Retirement gives me the time, finding out how is another issue. If I could adjust a garage door torsion bar, Iím sure I should be able to do a topper?
Iíve looked on A&E Dometic site, very little help. Anyone have success. My topper on main slide is sagging fast a few inches. Anyone have success fixing I. Their own. Any where to go to find video or how to? And if I do it and warranty is voided....
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You should be able to Google the model number of your awning and get specific instructions for adjusting the spring tension. I'm sure there are many videos on YouTube with that information.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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With the slide partially open using two large nails lock the roller to the arm. Take the brackets off the slide room and roll over once. Close the slide room until you can reinstal the brackets. Remove the nails. Open carefully to be sure that it is now tighter and atill not interfearing with the room travel.
On both ends of the tube you will find a hole that corosponds to a hole in the shaft. You must lock them using a nail, screw, or what wver you can put thru. The springs are under a lot of tension, so be very careful.
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I have seen scissor arms that extend and retract with the topper to keep them from sagging don't know who makes them
Also heard of homemade supports on the internet
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Your toppers shouldn't stretch that much, nor should the internal spring lose tension. Something is amiss, I think.

I've sewed new toppers out of Sunbrella fabric and attached to the coach, and it is easy to do.

Loosen the bracket/post that goes inside the roller tube and you'll feel it want to twist towards the coach. Just add another twist to it and replace.

Do it while the topper is next to the coach. Twisting force is NOT like a garage door's force; you can do it by hand.
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After reading post 3 about his toppers being under a lot of tension, it may depend on what brand you have. Our toppers have about the same amount of tension as it would take to open a jar of peanut butter; not a heck of a lot.

Can you post a photo of what you have? If not, assume the worst and be prepared.
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After reading post 3 about his toppers being under a lot of tension, it may depend on what brand you have. Our toppers have about the same amount of tension as it would take to open a jar of peanut butter; not a heck of a lot.



Can you post a photo of what you have? If not, assume the worst and be prepared.


Here you can see that it rolls in fine, but when extended its another story. Another thought of mine is I just took out of storage, would the topper shrink a little in warmer weather? As you can see from photos there is some early spring snow here outside of Cleveland! Any help is appreciated with this and the weather would be greatly appreciated.

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I have exactly the same problem but realized that it actually helps water to run off the slide topper instead of pooling in the middle. I will leave mine as is.
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Doc Thanks. My wife wonít let me do anything right now. Had spinal surgery 5 weeks ago. So Iíve been ďgroundedĒ. But Iíll follow up once fixed.
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Here you can see that it rolls in fine, but when extended its another story. Another thought of mine is I just took out of storage, would the topper shrink a little in warmer weather? As you can see from photos there is some early spring snow here outside of Cleveland! Any help is appreciated with this and the weather would be greatly appreciated.

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Another twist will solve that sagging. The material just needs more tension.

Is my eyes, or does the roller have a bit of bend in it?
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On each end of the slide topper. on the roller, are springs.

IF you pull the slide out you can line up a hole in teh shaft of the roller with a hole in the end cap and insert a pin YOu can then dismount the cap from the rod it's attached to and CAREFULLY apply rotational torque releast the pin and go one or two more turns tight, replace pin and re-attach.

NOTE. I really recommend you have professional help on this.

Then do the other end, same way but you wind the other way.

Worked for me on my A&E toppers. Nice and tight when done.
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The awning rail is suppose to be anywhere from 2 to 6 inches higher then the awning roll. So I suspect, that is was not installed correctly. So that is why the sag
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