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Old 03-31-2014, 06:25 PM   #1
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Cleaning out the slide topper cover

I have a good deal of debris in the cover of my slide topper. Any ideas as to how to remove the cover to be able to clean out the sticks and leaves. I have a 2012 Journy 42E.
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Old 03-31-2014, 07:26 PM   #2
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Slide it out and take a leaf blower to it.
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Old 03-31-2014, 10:16 PM   #3
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I believe the ends can be removed, and the cover will open downward.
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There are screws at each end of the cover. They will be under some pressure when you take them out, as they help keep the curve in the cover. You should then be able to clean them in any fashion you see fit.

I would make sure that the slide is fully in and less tension on the topper itself. Once you get the cover off, then you can let the slide out.
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Old 04-01-2014, 05:18 PM   #5
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Having just replaced my b/r slide topper I can give some advice.

Camping world had a 39.00 install special that I tried to take advantage of. Turns out the price was good only if I removed the old one. It was a full cover model from Dometic. If you are not careful that thing can take you hand off when the springs let go.

My advice is to use a leaf blower like was suggested.

It can be done but be careful and have help.

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Old 04-01-2014, 06:37 PM   #6
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You can open the slide fully and manually unwind most of the remaining fabric from the top working from an 8 ft step ladder. Use a vise grip oil filter wrench with round jaws to take the tension off the roller tube once you have the fabric out. With most of the fabric off the roller tube and the tube clamped, you should have enough room between the cover and roller to be able to remove with your hands whatever is inside the cover from the step ladder. Much simpler and safer than removing the slide cover itself and you do not need to detach anything. Key is the vise grip wrench to hold the tensioned roller tube.
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