Originally Posted by HRF
I have a 2016 Adventurer 37F. The slide topper on the passenger side bedroom slide has come loose from the wall of the coach. It appears to be mounted in a slot under the gutter and has come loose for three feet or so in the middle. The ends are still attached so the topper rolls out okay but sags in the middle and collects rain water and tree debris. The topper material is in good condition so I don't need a new one if I can reattached this one. Can anyone tell me how to reattach the topper to the coach? I appreciate any advice on how to do it.
I have had to remove all of my toppers at one time or another over the years. It is no big deal if done correctly.
In your case it almost sounds like the channel cord is separated in the middle and has worked out on the ends leaving the center without support.
With the slide fully extended, remove the roller end covers if you have them. Take a long cotter pin and push it though the securing hole on the spring end of the topper roll. I use large channel locks to help turn the roll bar enough to get the pin to go through and through. The tension should keep it in place but a slight tweak to the end of the cotter pin is a good idea. I run the slide in a tad bit if the tension of the topper is not slack enough.
The roof channel has a couple of screws that are supposed to hold the topper rope secure. The grip often fails and lets the filler rod move out of the material, as you will find. Remove the screws and remove the topper by sliding it out of the channels at the roller and the roof.
I suggest that you go to the topper manufacture's site for the full instructions as to this procedure. It might help you understand what I have said a bit better.
Depending on the size of the cord, you may be able to find a replacement in the screen window repair section of a big box store. The size if this stuff is needs to be on the money for best results.
Once you get the new cord through, or shove the old one back in the topper, and have the topper re-installed, you may consider using more than one screw on each end to fasten the cord. Even a stitch or glue at the ends to close the material hole is not a bad idea.
It is best to have 2 ladders and 2 people to do this job.
Hope it goes well for you.