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Old 03-10-2018, 11:47 AM   #1
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Adjusting / Tightening Topper

I looked in my build sheet and it lists my slide toppers as "cover awnings". No manufacturer name, model # no nothing.

The attached pic's are of our drivers side 16' slide.

I've looked online, here & YT to not only identify the manufacturer but—more importantly—how do you OR can you slightly adjust this style of topper to take up some of the droop and tighten it up some over the slide.

Do any of you know where I can watch a video that explains this procedure step-by-step?
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Old 03-10-2018, 11:52 AM   #3
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I believe those are Dometic slide toppers, and to my knowledge there is no adjustment on them. If the material sags in the middle, the only option is to replace the material. If the material sags all the way across, then one or both of the springs in the roller tube is bad. I am not sure if there is a repair kit available for the springs.
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We just completed this procedure on a friends coach. We took each end loose one at a time and wound the spring tighter. You have to remove the screw from the mounting plate and the spring bracket. Hold the spring bracket tight as you slide the bar. Be careful because there is tension on the spring and it will unwind if you let go. Rotate the spring bracket how ever many time you think you will need. Slide the bar back into place, replace screws, then do the same on the other end. We found there was less tension on the springs if the slide out was part way in.
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We just completed this procedure on a friends coach. We took each end loose one at a time and wound the spring tighter. You have to remove the screw from the mounting plate and the spring bracket. Hold the spring bracket tight as you slide the bar. Be careful because there is tension on the spring and it will unwind if you let go. Rotate the spring bracket how ever many time you think you will need. Slide the bar back into place, replace screws, then do the same on the other end. We found there was less tension on the springs if the slide out was part way in.
Hopefully, this will help, but I am not sure it is a long term solution, but if you get a few more years out of the slidetoppers, then it will certainly be worth it.
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If you google “A E Dometic slide topper installation manual” it will bring up all you need to know on releasing and applying tension to your toppers. My toppers are the same as yours and I put new material on last summer. If I remember correctly the spring tension on all A&E toppers is 13 revolutions. If I were you I would release the tension one side at a time counting the turns as you go, this will let you know if they had the correct tension in the first place, if they did then adding a turn or two might help. Good luck and be careful!
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If your topper is too tight it may cause your slide to not seal at the top. Don’t ask how I know!
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