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Old 02-18-2021, 12:46 AM   #1
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Replacing Slider fabric after old fabric torn off in storm

I was driving about 2 weeks ago down I-25 at night when I thought an AC unit had ripped off the roof of our DP. The banging on the roof was like a baseball bat. Pulled off the interstate in the dark to find that the slider cover had shredded in the wind. Made it to Santa Fe Skies that night and in the morning climbed up on the roof to work out best plan. No way the cover would roll back onto the spring roller. Had to cut it off the coach. Of course the spring roller unrolled and lost it's pretension.

Have new topper fabric - question is - how to re-tension the spring roller. Found many great videos on how to replace the fabric, however they all are when you can maintain the spring tension by locking the roller. Needless to say that was not an option when mine failed.

Can anyone advise on the pretensioning procedure so that I can get the roller ready to install the new fabric? heading out next week and would like to do this this weekend.

Thanks in advance!
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Old 02-18-2021, 04:26 AM   #2
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I went to the awning manufacturer's website (Carefree) to find specific instructions on 'how-to' and 'how-much.' Note that the # of winds is different for specific models so research carefully.

On our two small slides we mounted the fabric while the roller tube was still on top of the slides. On our super slide we took the roller tube off and laid it on the ground to get an even wrap (3 ladders and 3 sets of hands needed).
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Old 02-18-2021, 09:20 AM   #3
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Write down the make and model of your slide topper and Google for videos on fabric installation. They are out there!

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!
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Old 02-18-2021, 08:55 PM   #4
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It depends on what type of awning cover/roller you have....but you can use a generic method. Using a rubber oil filter removal strap, or even a large pair of Channelocks with some protection on the roller tube. Rotate the tube, adding spring tension. After each bit of rotation, insert a screwdriver in the end to keep it from unwinding. Put two, maybe three turn on it. Once you have it pre-tensioned, remove the roller tube, install the new fabric, and slide the fabric back into the rain gutter slot. Reconnect the roller tube and extend the slide. Grab the slide material and see if the tension seams appropriate, not to loose, not so snug it stresses the slide out.
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Old 02-20-2021, 06:48 AM   #5
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This method is to replace fabric without removing the rollers: Nearly all of the premaid vinyl topper fabric is the same width, narrow slides just unroll less of it. Two people on side by side ladders can easily roll up the tube and pin it. Before pinning, take a strip of fabric equal in length to the width of the topper fabric and tape it to the roller. Wind the roller until the strip is totally on the roller and give it 3 more turns. Pin the roller. (Note that you will be winding up the fabric under the roller and not on top as the fabric normally is.) Now you can unwrap the fabric strip by hand leaving the tube pinned.
Have the slide out about 8 inches so that you can handle both edges of the fabric. Slide the fabric edge ropes into the tracks on the coach and roller. One person stays at the end and feeds the topper in. The other person keeps moving down the slide as he pulls. Center the fabric on the roller and tape it. Unpin the roller and gently roll it up. Line up the coach end until even with the roller and mark the track. Run the slide in and out to make sure it aligned befor screwing the fabric in the track.
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Old 02-21-2021, 01:07 AM   #6
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Want to thank everyone for your input. I have a plan and later this week will have a helper. I'm pretty capable (built my house, designed and built the property and vineyards etc...) So I am thinking I have just enough knowledge now to be able succeed (Fingers crossed). We'll go slow and learn, 3 more to redo as well - they are all showing damage from being out too long (before we bought the unit)
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When I was dealing with my slide toppers last fall I had the same issue, not knowing how much to tension the springs. I did find a chart that showed to tighten one turn per foot of slide length. I did that and seems to be bang on.

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If you have a Carefree of Colorado awning, here's a pdf that may help.
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File Type: pdf Carefree Spring Chart - Change & Tension.pdf (31.0 KB, 34 views)
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I got the same problem 3 days ago ....the drag pull off the aluminum channel that was riveted to the wall ....big issue .... the channel is all bended and it is very hard to straight ....
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