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Old 04-19-2014, 04:35 PM   #1
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Slide topper fabric wrinkles on one end

I have a 2014 class A motor home with 4 slides. The slide topper on one slide wrinkles on one end when the slide is retracted. What could I do to remedy this problem?
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Old 04-19-2014, 04:48 PM   #2
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When it is deployed, check to see that it is centered on the roller. If not, center it and pop rivet it thru the hems on both sides.
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Coot,
what do you mean by 'through the hems'?
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Mine does the same Tom. Usually on the master bed slide.
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Coot,
what do you mean by 'through the hems'?
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This is not a topper, but it shows the hem.
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I never had this problem until last weekend when we were driving in 50 mph plus cross winds. This caused exactly what OC described. The material pushed down the tube which causes the wrinkles. I reduced it by extending the slide then unrolled the rest by hand and pulled it back. It will be easier with two people because the spring loaded tube will need to be held while you pull the material back. Unfortunately, on my dinnette slide, there is enough extra material that it will be very difficult to rivet it in place.

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I have a 2014 class A motor home with 4 slides. The slide topper on one slide wrinkles on one end when the slide is retracted. What could I do to remedy this problem?
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Their are 2 things to do, I had the same problem and what caused the problem was that on the left end my slide came out of adjustment and dropped 1/2". How you can tell is if your decals do not line up when closed. The 2nd thing you have to do is let the slide out, on top at the rail attached to the trailer is slotted and has a screw going through the material. Remove the screw and pull the material over and redrill the set crew over a bit after you tighten the topper.
a pair of vise grips work well to grab the material and pull it tight. What OC is talking about is a way to fix an awning to keep it centered when opened. A topper doesn't open all the way like the awning. Mine was rolling up on an angle being the slide dropped. I got most of the wrinkle out. That's on my list for goshen. I only have the problem on 1 slide out of 3. Do not know now if the dealer has that slide corrected yet. It has started to happen again. Or now the material has stretched....
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You need a helper to finish unrolling the slide awning and hold it while riveting and then switch ends, the awnings aren't rolled that tight and you can always wedge a block of wood on one of the knobs and against the slide to hold it from trying to roll back up.
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Here is a picture when the slide slip down on the left side fully extended. This stretched the fabric, There are screws on top, you can see how it is pulling down. You can install pop rivets as stated, but the cause is on top at the trailer not under the 4 wraps on the roller. The roller will walk being not level when brought in. This will also cause the set screw to make the whole bigger and it will walk and cause the wrinkle.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. I will look at it this week. I want to try to get it fixed because I ordered slide topper roller covers and they should be delivered some time next week other wise I would have waited until Goshen to get it looked at.
Thanks again and Happy Easter to all.
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