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Old 07-26-2021, 10:15 AM   #1
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Tips on removing and reinstalling topper (retractable shield) over slide

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I am posting this in the hope that some of you have already needed to replace a topper asm. The bedroom slide topper (retractable mini awning over the slide) on my '16 Bounder 35k has failed where the topper attaches to the body of the MH. I have covered the area for the time being with a tarp but need to address this as soon as we get back home. I have an industrial sewing machine and have no concerns about resewing the end of the topper. Removal and reinstallation are my concerns.

My questions are about removing and reinstalling the topper. I see a screw thru the extrusion on the body that I presume prevents the end of the topper from shifting in the groove. Once I remove the topper housing asm from the slide, is it simply a matter of sliding the topper asm rearward to exit the end of the groove at the rear of the MH? Anything special with respect to how the topper is attached to the slide? I was struggling to get the tarp in place while a thunderstorm was approaching so I did not take the time to study how the topper to slide attachment was made. Is there a way to prevent the topper from retracting fully? Because most of the stitching at the fixed end of the topper has failed (topper fabric is wrapped around a cord to provide a larger diameter to keep the topper secured in the extrusion) I am concerned that the fabric will want to retract into the topper mechanism and thereby loose spring tension. Does the topper mechanism have a way to lock out the retraction feature for removal and installation?

TIA - I have limited internet and may not respond to any suggestions or follow up questions for a few days at a time.
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Lots of good videos on youtube but in general;
The topper spring tension can be held with your hands if you are wearing rubber gloves. Turn the topper tube until you can get an allen wrench or something similar into the correct holes to hold the tension. You could just let all the tension out and find a manual that will tell you how many turns you'll need after installation.
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Old 07-30-2021, 03:11 PM   #3
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Lots of good videos on youtube but in general;
The topper spring tension can be held with your hands if you are wearing rubber gloves. Turn the topper tube until you can get an allen wrench or something similar into the correct holes to hold the tension. You could just let all the tension out and find a manual that will tell you how many turns you'll need after installation.

okcnewbie: thanks for the quick response. Videos are a challenge at the moment due to limited access. If I understand your posting, there should be a lockout feature to keep the topper from retracting - just what I need to be able to remove, resew the end detail and reinstall.
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When you unwind the topper there will be a hole that lines up that you stick a screwdriver, or something similar, in that will hold it in the unwound position. After installing the new topper you hold the roller, remove the screwdriver and rewind the roller. Two people make the installation of the new topper much easier.
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