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Old 04-08-2020, 11:35 PM   #1
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Slide toppers torn

I need to replace the fabric on my slide toppers. I have four slides and all of the toppers have holes and/or rips. I have seen a few videos on how to do it yourself, and a company called Tough Top awnings.

Has anyone replaced theirs? Which supplier did you use, and did you do it yourself? Is it as easy as the video? Or should I take it in to a shop?

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Old 04-09-2020, 02:59 AM   #2
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Slide toppers torn

While I have not replaced my slide topper fabric I have taken them all down and re-sewn all the seams as they all seemed to come apart when the thread deteriorated. A few of mine separated where the poly cord is inserted and attached to the side of the coach - became unattached when the thread failed.

It's a pretty easy job - just need at least two people (3 for my long dining and kitchen slide topper) and the same number of 10ft step ladders

Just remember to extend slide 3/4 of the way and insert a pin in the tube end to lock the spring in place before removing tube from holders.

PS. Stonevoss.com is a supplier of replacement fabrics as well. Others speak highly of them.


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I’ve replace my toppers and it is easy but can be challenging working from a ladder. As the previous poster mentioned I used Stone Vos RV Awnings and Slide Topper Replacement Fabrics to obtain my fabrics. Small business and they know their stuff! Good luck
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I have Carefree of Colorado and Stone Voss were $200 less and $25 less in shipping. Great company and they give you more topper than stock, 3" wider and 6" longer and got them in about a week,
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I have had the pleasure to change both Colorado and Girard slide toppers. Not a big of a project as one might think.
If you have Girard awnings you will need a de-tensioning tool. Easy enough to make.
Be careful of the end plates in that they are of soft cast metal and easy to break as well as IMHO outrageously priced. Spring adjustment is available on their web site. If you can count to ten you are more than qualified.

If Colorado I used a vice grip oil wrench to prevent the tube from turning. on the Colorado I ground a notch into the end plate so that you did not have to remove the tube to replace the fabric. My Colorado had two groves. only one is in use for the awning, I used a long Philips screwdriver to prevent the tub from turning.
I used a Dremel to make the de-tensioning tool as well as to grind the endplates.
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Old 04-10-2020, 10:31 AM   #6
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My original Awnings were zip D. When I needed a new slide topper I use tough top in Washington state. Their price was about 25% of the price zip day offered.if I remember correctly.
I asked my mobile mechanic who is second to none, for help but he referred me to an awning company because Zip D was so difficult. The awning company never called me back. That summer I traveled through Washington state And Tough Top owner Tyler met me at my campground and installed it for me. A couple interesting things. He made it incorrectly and returned the next day with the correct design.
Second he did not want my help,�� and did the whole job himself.
Third, my spring broke and he came back with a new spring and did Not charge me.
The material he used Is tough and will outlast my ownership. My two window awnings are now in need of replacement and I will definitely use Tyler again. And last they have videos on do it yourself by manufacture. It didn’t not look difficult if it wasn’t a zip d.
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Tough Top Awnings in WA state is another great solution. Their not hard to do, two people, two ladders a couple of 16d nails and a philips screw driver is all you will need.

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