Tips on removing and reinstalling topper (retractable shield) over slide
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.
Metro Detroit; First RV with more than 2 wheels
'16 Fleetwood Bounder 35K, purchased Mar '21
'15 Ford F53 Chassis, 5600 miles at purchase