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Old 07-15-2014, 03:08 PM   #1
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Sunbrella canvas

Does anyone know if the canvas is still available for the slide toppers? It's the Carefree system that is a topper and window awning.
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You can contact Ray at Tuff Toppers they can make a replacement for your unit
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Highly recommend Stone Vos in Brooksville FL. Chris will make your topper from acrylic fabric far superior to the Carefree fabric. His prices are reasonable and he will ship to you.
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From my own personal experience with boats and RVs I would stick with sunbrella. Our 12 year old coach has red sunbrella and stick in very good condition. Our last sailboat had sunbrella. Very durable.
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Highly recommend Stone Vos in Brooksville FL. Chris will make your topper from acrylic fabric far superior to the Carefree fabric. His prices are reasonable and he will ship to you.
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The quick answer is YES. And you actually have two paths if you are a Do It Yourselfer.

Carfree used the basic 46" sunbrella fabric in their slide toppers. The weak point of these toppers is the stitching, not the fabric. If your stitching is still good on the top of the topper but the fabric is faded you have the option of removing the existing fabric, reversing the retainer plastic/nylon rods and re-installing the fabric with the "new" side out. You may need to replace the exposed retainer nylon rod if it is as brittle as mine was. You have this option since you have only been exposing half of the existing fabric on the roll. The other half that is still on the roll is as good as new. Carefree has instructions on how to lock the spring on their website. Once you have the spring locked you remove the right end of the tube to remove the fabric. I made a jig out of plastic pipe to hold the "open" end up with the mounted end while I removed the fabric. (I can explain further if you decide to do it yourself.)

My stitching was bad so I opted to get a replacement but I did not like any of the Carefree offerings so I opted to go with sunbrella. Go to any commercial awning shop that carries sunbrella fabric. You can find an IDENTICAL match to your existing fabric. Then you just have them make replacement toppers for you. It is less expensive than the mail order topper shops, and you have an exact replacement. If you do not want to do it yourself, the awning company will probably be happy to do the job for you. They know how to do this.

Then too, you have this company that seems to get a lot of good reviews.

It would be interesting to know what you decide.

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