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Old 06-28-2019, 06:45 PM   #1
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Replacing Slide Topper Fabric '06 Fleetwood Discovery

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I have a 2006 Fleetwood Discovery 39S and need to replace the drivers side slide topper. One end of the slide topper slides into a channel which I guess is the drip rail that runs the entire side of my coach along the roof line and the other is mounted to the roller that is secured to the slide-out.

Has anyone every replaced the material for their slide topper? Looking for any advice. Also, not sure if it's an A&E slide topper or not. My patio awning is A&E so I'm thinking maybe the slide toppers are as well. Where do I purchase the replacement fabric? Do I need to contact Fleetwood or maybe an A&E distributor?

Lastly is this an easy job to do myself?

Really appreciate any advice you can provide me.

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Old 06-28-2019, 07:06 PM   #2
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Piece of cake to replace. Look at your literature to determine exactly which brand you have. Or use a search engine, find pictures of what you have and then you'll know.

There are several places to get replacement fabric. It will come cut to the exact size you need, with new plastic pieces in place to slide into the channel. I use Tough Top Awnings, (https://www.toughtopawnings.com/) others will have other recommendations. I've been impressed with the speed of TTA in getting the pieces to me and the very complete instructions that come with them. Read carefully and do it exactly as the instructions say. You'll need to know how far out your slides go and how long they are when you order. They'll walk you thru that if you need it.

On my slide covers one side has a larger gutter than the other, until I figured that out I was frustrated. Once I figured it out, it was easy. I did my bedroom slides by myself, only 8 feet or so long. The front slides I needed another person and ladder.
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Check RVGeeks YouTube channel. They made a very good instructional video on this subject.
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Check RVGeeks YouTube channel. They made a very good instructional video on this subject.


You can do it yourself but goes much faster with a helper.
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I have a 2007 38V Full Wall Bounder Diesel not at all unlike yours. Its a simple job. https://www.toughtopawnings.com/15oz...nt-fabric.html they'll show you how to do it and sell you the fabric. I did a single by myself but it took two for the full wall but both were easy. Take advantage of having the topper off to clean and reseal your slide and slide gasket all the way around. Cheap enough too. The single was about $150 and full wall about $250. Anyone can do it. Roll it out, pin it and slide it out and slide the new one back in.
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All:

Thanks so much for all of the comments.

As far as getting the slide topper into the channel/rain gutter how is that done. Do I need to remove the rain gutter at the end of the channel and slide it all the way down?

Appreciate everyone's comments.

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All:

Thanks so much for all of the comments.

As far as getting the slide topper into the channel/rain gutter how is that done. Do I need to remove the rain gutter at the end of the channel and slide it all the way down?

Appreciate everyone's comments.

Regards,

Mike

It depends on the slide. If one end of the topper is near the end of the gutter, you usually need to remove the cap/rain spout on the end of the gutter. Sometimes the topper comes off in the other direction, look for a place in the gutter groove that is spread apart.
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Mike--

Good advice above re Tough Top and the RV Geeks videos.

Yes, if your channels end with the spout like most of ours do, you will need to remove it to slide the material/bead out.

This is a 2-person job, to slide in/out the topper.

In our case and probably yours too, there will be a screw that needs removing at either end to prevent the bead & material from moving. Another screw may be in the tube for the same purpose.

When you unroll the awning you will have to pin it--watch the videos. I found I needed pins at both ends on the long ones to hold them. With your '06, I suspect your springs will have weakened over the years (as mine have), so you may wish the take advantage to give it another twist or two to tighten the awning.

And while you have the topper off, at least inspect the top of the slide, especially the seam around the perimeter. I cleaned mine with alcohol and then applied EternaBond tape. The OEM seal is just 2-sided tape, and I've had spots that separated causing leaks.
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Mike R has shamed me into replacing mine, I went out and measured mine tonight and will be calling tough top awning tomorrow to order ours.
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I ordered my new top material from tough top this morning. Super friendly and quick service. Can't wait to see how much fun this is going to be to install.

There is no material on the roller and it has been pinned by the previous owner but I am just wondering how many turns should the roller have on it?
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Mike, I've replaced the slide toppers on all 4 of my slides plus the 22' patio awning material and I'm 80 years old lol. The job is doable alone but much easier with a helper. One person on a ladder feeding material and the other one on the slide pulling the material. If you spray silicone into the bead channels the poly cord slides much easier. Do this on the roller tube channel and the channel on the coach. A word of caution, different applications have different size poly cord so be mindful of the size of the poly cord when ordering new fabric. As a general rule, the channel on the roller tube will be smaller than the grove on the coach, at least it's been that way with my 4 slide toppers and the 22' patio awning.
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