Since I had to replace my slide topper I have become much more familiar with our Carefree topper.
The model we have on our Palazzo does not have the metal covers or wind protectors of other versions. It does have an anti-billowing "system" which is not totally effective based on my experience and a few other reports.
Considering what it cost me I should have done some research on whether it would have been possible to replace with a more expensive but more durable version.
I have been trying to find a way to better protect our toppers, preferably without requiring an 8 ft. ladder at every slide deployment. I looked at the Carefree replacement YouTube video at:
Also printed the manual at:
Neither provided great insight. So the only thing I can suggest is to make sure your anti-billowing device is engaging using this procedure:
- Use an 8 ft. ladder as a minimum, taller is better and depends on how tall you are.
- Place the ladder close to the closed slide
- Carefully go up the ladder far enough to reach the rolled up cover
- Rotate the rolled up cover with the top towards the coach as it would unroll with the slide going out.
- There will be some rotation but it should hit the anti-billow lock
- If it does not stop rotating check if the anti-billow lock mechanism is firmly against the striker plate.
Let me know if anyone has better ideas.