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rgatijnet1

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Posted: 02/13/18 04:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

msmith1199 wrote:

rgatijnet1 wrote:

I had a single spring go out at 11 years old. I replaced both topper springs and the topper material at the same time. I took the material off, which is not a big deal once you have it apart to change the springs, and took it to a marine cover shop where they duplicated my existing topper fabric for $150.
Tensioning the topper springs can be a challange so you may want to get a mobile mechanic to do that part of the project.


When the spring went out did that enable the topper to blow more while on the road? What I was thinking is maybe the springs are getting old and loose and that is what allowed the wind to catch it and cause the problems.


With one spring broken, it was unable to tension the topper properly. I noticed it before I got on the road so I am not sure that it would have allowed it to be blown loose. I just noticed it sagging with the slide out. My topper also has the aluminum cover that protects it when it is fully retracted.

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Posted: 02/14/18 12:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

ArchHoagland wrote:

I still think I'd check with the insurance company. Can't hurt.


Although I realize its covered by insurance, I wouldn’t make a claim on something like this.


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Posted: 02/21/18 07:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had one of our toppers give up the ghost due to high winds and UV light rotting out the seams on the topper. Went to "Tough Top Awnings" and they have a link to u-tube and watched the RV Geeks show how to replace a topper. Ordered 2 of the toppers and replaced both of them in about 2 hour and less than $300. If it's only the fabric and not the mechanics, you might go that route.

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Posted: 04/07/18 01:54pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I did finally get a chance to get up and look at the toppers and noticed the material is getting old and does have sign of cracking. So I'm just going to go ahead and replaced the fabric on all three toppers. I've watched the YouTube videos and it doesn't look that complicated.

For anybody who has changed these before, my three toppers don't have the aluminum cover so the fabric is just exposed to the elements when rolled up. That's a little odd as my main awning along with all the window awnings do have the aluminum cover. I don't know why National RV cheaped out on the slide toppers. Anyway, I looked at the most recommended company for replacing the topper fabric and they tell you how to measure and you are supposed to tell them if you have the aluminum cover or not. What I want to do is include the aliminum cover with the new fabric. Has anybody added the aliminum covers that didn't have them before? I assume they will work with the exsiting hardware? I'll call the company that sells the fabric on Monday and see what they say.

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Posted: 04/07/18 03:09pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

msmith1199 wrote:

I did finally get a chance to get up and look at the toppers and noticed the material is getting old and does have sign of cracking. So I'm just going to go ahead and replaced the fabric on all three toppers. I've watched the YouTube videos and it doesn't look that complicated.

For anybody who has changed these before, my three toppers don't have the aluminum cover so the fabric is just exposed to the elements when rolled up. That's a little odd as my main awning along with all the window awnings do have the aluminum cover. I don't know why National RV cheaped out on the slide toppers. Anyway, I looked at the most recommended company for replacing the topper fabric and they tell you how to measure and you are supposed to tell them if you have the aluminum cover or not. What I want to do is include the aliminum cover with the new fabric. Has anybody added the aliminum covers that didn't have them before? I assume they will work with the exsiting hardware? I'll call the company that sells the fabric on Monday and see what they say.


You got 14 years of service out of the original fabric without the aluminum covers. Perhaps it might just be more cost effective, and easier, to just use a better fabric instead of going through the hassle, and expense, of adding aluminum covers. I guess you have to ask yourself how much longer do you think you will keep this RV?

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Posted: 04/07/18 09:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The main reason I want the aluminum is because it appears the covers will help if I get into strong winds again. None of the awnings with the covers had problems, only the biggest slide topper without it.

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We only have the aluminum cover on the main awning. The slides have full awnings, but no aluminum covers. Ours is a Monaco. Don't know if they make them for the shorter awnings or not.

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Posted: 04/08/18 04:25am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On my Monaco, I have the segmented aluminum covers on all awnings, including the shorter window awnings. These are Carefree of California awnings that came from the factory.

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Posted: 04/08/18 06:26pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

doxiemom11 wrote:

We only have the aluminum cover on the main awning. The slides have full awnings, but no aluminum covers. Ours is a Monaco. Don't know if they make them for the shorter awnings or not.


They make them because all of the awnings on my windows have them and they are all shorter than the slides.

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