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Old 09-22-2022, 03:19 AM   #1
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Slide Topper Question

The slide topper on our 2006 SeaBreeze has failed. The bearing/bushing on one side of the livingroom slide has wallowed out and is now jamming against the slide when trying to extend the slide. I have a new assembly ordered from Carefree, but that will be 2-3 weeks before it gets here. In the meantime, we are going out this weekend for 4 days, and I need to get the slide out. So my plan is as follows:

1. With the slide in, cut the fabric between the roller and the anchor point on the coach.
2. Tye-wrap the roller and fabric so it doesn't "roll out" while we're driving down the road.
3. Remove the roller assembly and replace once I get the new one.

I should add that the fabric needs replaced as well, hence the reason not to just attempt a repair on the bearing/bushing as has been described in another thread.

So is there any issues in cutting the fabric as I described above?

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There may be a small hole on the end of the roller through which you can insert a small screwdriver or allen key or similar tool to lock the roller and prevent it from releasing its spring tension. You may have to rotate the roller slightly with the slide closed to match the hole locations so you can insert your locking tool. Once you have it locked you will be able to cut it off the top and tie it off. Have a good weekend!
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Old 09-23-2022, 03:00 AM   #3
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I will look when I get the RV here this afternoon. Thanks!!

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Old 09-27-2022, 04:03 PM   #4
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I replaced mine with one slightly wider because the rain was getting on top of the slideout and coming inside.

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I replaced mine with one slightly wider because the rain was getting on top of the slideout and coming inside.

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Yeah, that's a good idea. The one I have coming has a 2" overhang on each side.

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Mine was wallered out on my slide topper and what I found was the end caps of the A&E topper were worn where the axles go through the caps. I bought 2 flat washers that had holes the same size as the axles for the roller. I cut crosswise on the washers to turn the holes into slots . I removed the tension from the roller by locking it with a small screwdriver inserted through the cap and the axle by rolling it so there was slack in the fabric. I drilled 2 small holes in each washer and positioned them so that they centered the end cap on the axle. I then drilled holes through the ones I previously drilled and installed screws in those holes to center the roller tube. This may work for yours. I did this 5 years ago and still have the same topper on my Tropical. The job took me a 1/2 hour once all materials were obtained.
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Mine was wallered out on my slide topper and what I found was the end caps of the A&E topper were worn where the axles go through the caps. I bought 2 flat washers that had holes the same size as the axles for the roller. I cut crosswise on the washers to turn the holes into slots . I removed the tension from the roller by locking it with a small screwdriver inserted through the cap and the axle by rolling it so there was slack in the fabric. I drilled 2 small holes in each washer and positioned them so that they centered the end cap on the axle. I then drilled holes through the ones I previously drilled and installed screws in those holes to center the roller tube. This may work for yours. I did this 5 years ago and still have the same topper on my Tropical. The job took me a 1/2 hour once all materials were obtained.
I had the same issue but my fabric was toast as well, and the mounting brackets were rusting, so I just ordered a new assembly.

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