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rmoparman

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Posted: 11/14/17 02:52pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have a new 35Z Northwood AF with slide toppers. How do you keep the slide toppers clean? Mine unit is 4 months old and one topper is filthy.

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Same as the awning. Open it and scrub it with a brush. Its a total pain to do but.......


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Unfortunately those toppers are pure junk. They don't even shade much because they are so thin the heat and sun comes right through.
Unless you got the Alumiguard awnings, you fell into the same trap I did; seem to be a good deal when ordering but in fact they're a sub par-model that Carefree builds just for manufacturers. You can't even buy the same units or parts for them.
Your next challenge will be figuring out how to keep them from stretching out and pooling terribly when it rains on them.
I have to carry long pieces of rigid insulation to support them.
FWIW, I gave the NW VP an earful about these yesterday.


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Scott can have his opinion, but I would not be without toppers. Mine are "after market" (CW) and I have no quarrel with the quality after seven years.

I clean them when I do the roof (infrequently) using soapy water applied with a toilet brush and then hosed off.

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Allworth wrote:

Scott can have his opinion, but I would not be without toppers. Mine are "after market" (CW) and I have no quarrel with the quality after seven years.

I clean them when I do the roof (infrequently) using soapy water applied with a toilet brush and then hosed off.

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No argument, S/O covers in general are will worth having but these are not the same quality you will get from CW or any other vendor.
If I had it to do over, I would have skipped ordering them with the trailer and installed "aftermarket".
I would have had a much better product.

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I clean ours when they're rolled up, and just hit them when I wash the trailer. When they are in use nobody can see the top of them so who care's if they're dirty? They work just as well dirty as clean.


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I can't see the top, so as long as it's just dirty and not debris...I don't worry about it.

They are nice to have as they do keep the slide roof cooler and keep debris off of it. Only downside is in heavy wind, sometimes it can catch them and flap them around.


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ScottG wrote:

Allworth wrote:

Scott can have his opinion, but I would not be without toppers. Mine are "after market" (CW) and I have no quarrel with the quality after seven years.

I clean them when I do the roof (infrequently) using soapy water applied with a toilet brush and then hosed off.

A


No argument, S/O covers in general are will worth having but these are not the same quality you will get from CW or any other vendor.
If I had it to do over, I would have skipped ordering them with the trailer and installed "aftermarket".
I would have had a much better product.


Interesting, I was not aware that Carefree makes a cheaper version strictly for the OEM's. The Dometic toppers factory installed on our Rockwood are the same exact toppers and part numbers availible anywhere.

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ScottG wrote:

Allworth wrote:

Scott can have his opinion, but I would not be without toppers. Mine are "after market" (CW) and I have no quarrel with the quality after seven years.

I clean them when I do the roof (infrequently) using soapy water applied with a toilet brush and then hosed off.

A


No argument, S/O covers in general are will worth having but these are not the same quality you will get from CW or any other vendor.
If I had it to do over, I would have skipped ordering them with the trailer and installed "aftermarket".
I would have had a much better product.



I ordered them with my fifth wheel, I guess they put on quality covers, 10 years ,and still holding up well. Probably a little dirty on top, don't care. What little I can see from the underside they look good.

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Ralph Cramden wrote:

ScottG wrote:

Allworth wrote:

Scott can have his opinion, but I would not be without toppers. Mine are "after market" (CW) and I have no quarrel with the quality after seven years.

I clean them when I do the roof (infrequently) using soapy water applied with a toilet brush and then hosed off.

A


No argument, S/O covers in general are will worth having but these are not the same quality you will get from CW or any other vendor.
If I had it to do over, I would have skipped ordering them with the trailer and installed "aftermarket".
I would have had a much better product.


Interesting, I was not aware that Carefree makes a cheaper version strictly for the OEM's. The Dometic toppers factory installed on our Rockwood are the same exact toppers and part numbers availible anywhere.


I installed the cheapest Carefree topper on our last TT and it held up great for 13 years. It was much better made and heavier than this one. Even the tube was bigger and heavier.

The cheapo version looks like this:
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They also did a lousy job of installing them. They have almost no pitch.

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