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Old 09-08-2020, 06:37 AM   #1
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Slide Topper Bracket

Does anyone know the procedure to pin the slide topper so it will not unroll or unspool. I am getting water in and its from around the bracket that holds the topper. I was told to remove the bracket and pump silicone caulk in each mounting hole and around the bracket. I tried using the small squeeze tube of silicone, but the self tapping screws are deep an only 3/16 I think (typical RV self tapping)& I need to get the bracket off to go directly into the hole. There are 5 selftapping screws in the bracket. I only need to do one side, so I don't need to remove the topper, just the bracket on one side.
I know they are spring loaded and you only get one pass at this to safely pin the topper from unrolling. If you are not right, you have a big mess. Something I don' want....
Thanks for any info and helping me to keep away from a "big mess".....
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I don't know for sure on the slide toppers bur on the big awnings there is a hole you can put a pin (cotter pin) in to prevent it from turning.
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If the toppers are Dometic, you will find that there is a hole on the roller tube ends (both) that originally had an assembly cotter pin. You can make up a temporary pin with a 4-5 " piece of coat hanger wire. You may have to roll the tube a bit by hand to see that hole. Once the pin is in place, it will hold the tube from unrolling. You will need to support the topper and do each end bracket individually.

Silicone is fine (messy) though I used butyl sealing tape when I added our toppers

WARNING! Do NOT try to remove that bracke without retaining the tube. There are 13 360 degree turns on that spring and that is a bunch of stored energy.

Dometic IB: https://www.manualslib.com/manual/17...de-Topper.html

Carefree has similar info as does LCI' Solara.

Easy job but time consuming - good luck
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Or do one bolt (screw) at a time.....
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Or do one bolt (screw) at a time.....
That gets to be a messy job with silicone slobbered on that bracket - and it will
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The toppers are spring loaded to roll up not unroll. If it is rolled up it isn't going anywhere. If you open the slide and unroll it before removing the bracket that's when you have to pin it. I have used a vice grip oil filter wrench to hold mine in place while I replaced the fabric.
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Brackets don't leak.....the screws do.....and it doesn't take a lot ....
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The toppers are spring loaded to roll up not unroll. If it is rolled up it isn't going anywhere. If you open the slide and unroll it before removing the bracket that's when you have to pin it. I have used a vice grip oil filter wrench to hold mine in place while I replaced the fabric.

OP, use a pin. Vise grips and oil filter wrenches are a poor way with possible physical personal damage repercussions if either slip/fail. 13 turns on an 1' dia, 18" long spring is a lot of potential energy
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OK, thanks all.
Its a carefree topper and if I can get it pinned I will remove it. I tried removing 2 self tapping screws at a time and used a squeeze tube of silicone. That didnt work, still leaks and made a mess as IC2 says. I cleaned up my mess & found a tube of silicone for a caulking gun with a long neck & small discharge hole to fit into the hole. Same results, made a mess and couldn't get enough caulking into the hole made by the self tapping screw. Still leaks and made the same mess with the silicone.
So if I get it pinned its going to be butyl seal tape.
I never used butyl tape but assume it is available at Lowes or Home Depot.
Thanks again..........
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You giving it enough time to set up?........most small tube come with a nozzle...
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