Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 02-20-2015, 11:27 AM   #1
Senior Member
 
KDHfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 964
Adding A Slideout Awning DYI or No?

I was wondering who has installed a slideout awning, and how difficult it is to do so? Is it a DYI? Will it effect the warranty?

I have a 2015 Apex 288BHS that didn't come with a Slideout awning. After just a few trips in it last fall, I'm thinking i want to go ahead and put one on. Climbing up there to brush it off each time is kinda a pain, not to mention, i'm certain i'll forget to do it when a branch is laying on it and really bungle things up.

I'm fairly handy but not a construction whiz by any means. Most things i do i end up thinking "much easier than i thought it would be." However, I don't want to purchase one and bite off more than i can chew.
__________________

__________________
2015 Coachmen Apex 288BHS
2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 5.7L
KDHfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 11:35 AM   #2
Senior Member
 
geotex1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 730
You can easily do it DIY and let me tell you from what I have CONSTANTLY and CONSISTENTLY seen with dealer installs you will be way better off doing it yourself! You need the help of a second pair of hands, but everything else is straight-forward. You can download the instruction manuals from the popular topper makers for installs too. There are a couple toppers that are just poorly designed units you should steer clear of, but Carefree Kover III or the Ascent are nice units and easy installs. No worry about your warranty if you follow the instructions. It boils down to installing one hanger channel and two brackets.
__________________

__________________
geotex1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 11:40 AM   #3
Senior Member
 
Witch Doctor's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Clarksville Va.
Posts: 7,628
Quote:
Originally Posted by geotex1 View Post
You can easily do it DIY and let me tell you from what I have CONSTANTLY and CONSISTENTLY seen with dealer installs you will be way better off doing it yourself! You need the help of a second pair of hands, but everything else is straight-forward. You can download the instruction manuals from the popular topper makers for installs too. There are a couple toppers that are just poorly designed units you should steer clear of, but Carefree Kover III or the Ascent are nice units and easy installs. No worry about your warranty if you follow the instructions. It boils down to installing one hanger channel and two brackets.
If you have a rolling scaffold you will be done in a couple of hours. Still need 2 people but a lot easier. I wouldn't own a TT without them. GREAT investment...
__________________
Rockwood #8289 WS 2012
F250 6.0 / Husky 16k
With 4 point leveling system
Witch Doctor is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 11:45 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
caper's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Posts: 1,973
x2 on the scaffold. When we replaced the material on a MH several years ago rented the scaffolding made the job 100% easier. There was one slide that we could not use the scaffolding and had to use step ladders and it was a PITA.
__________________
Terry and Janet
2008 3001W Windjammer
2007 Ford F150
caper is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 11:50 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
geotex1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 730
Scaffold is a great idea! I have a Little Giant ladder that I split into two A-frames and slide a plank through.

The thing you absolutely want to do, and where the dealer service guys get it wrong, is to install the awning hanger channel perfectly parallel to the top of your slide-out and not following a body line! This will give you a topper with equal tension across the fabric so you don't have bellying when open and wrinkles when rolled.
__________________
geotex1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 11:52 AM   #6
(Dry Huunday)
 
DreiHunde's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Location: Eastern North Carolina
Posts: 1,876
Quote:
Originally Posted by geotex1 View Post
Scaffold is a great idea! I have a Little Giant ladder that I split into two A-frames and slide a plank through.

They thing you absolutely want to do, and where the dealer service guys get it wrong, is to install the awning hanger channel perfectly parallel to the top of your slide-out and not following a body line! This will give you a topper with equal tension across the fabric so you don't have bellying when open and wrinkles when rolled.
Good Tip!
__________________

Beau & Sue
FurKid Express
2015 Coachmen Catalina 303RLS
2016 Chevy Silverado LT 2500HD Duramax
The more people I meet, the more I like my dogs!
DreiHunde is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 01:07 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Oct 2014
Posts: 112
Interested in trying it ourselves but what about drilling holes in the wall? Do you have to hit studs? Do you need to use special screws or waterproof them in some ways?
__________________
CLewis is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 02:09 PM   #8
Senior Member
 
geotex1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 730
Quote:
Originally Posted by CLewis View Post
Interested in trying it ourselves but what about drilling holes in the wall? Do you have to hit studs? Do you need to use special screws or waterproof them in some ways?
If you have never seen the track before, it has screw holes approximately at 4" centers. You will use the provided self-tapping screws in every one of those holes and you will hit framing along the way. Even if you do not, the purpose of so many screws is load spreading. It won't go anywhere when you are done because you also apply butyl tape to the back of the track which will provide some stick to the wall but will be your sealant for the screws. I always run a bead of caulk along the top of the track as well.
__________________
geotex1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 02:26 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
KDHfan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2013
Posts: 964
Adding A Slideout Awning DYI or No?

Edit: first question answered before I hit "send."

I also have a drip edge above my slide. Not sure what I'd do with that.


2015 Coachmen Apex 288BHS
2014 Toyota Tundra 5.7L CrewMax

Sent from my iPad using Forest River Forums
__________________
2015 Coachmen Apex 288BHS
2014 Toyota Tundra CrewMax 5.7L
KDHfan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 02-20-2015, 02:41 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
geotex1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2014
Posts: 730
Quote:
Originally Posted by KDHfan View Post
I also have a drip edge above my slide. Not sure what I'd do with that.
Picture worth a thousand words! If above the needed line for the topper, you'd just leave it in place without worry. If it's where the topper track needs to be, out with the old and in with the new after sealing/reusing as many holes as possible (the extrusions in the industry use pretty consistent fastener spacing). If needed, you can order your topper with a longer track to make sure it's a full replacement to cover where the drip was removed.
__________________

__________________
geotex1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
awning, slide, slide out

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




ForestRiverForums.com is not in any way associated with Forest River, Inc. or its associated RV manufacturing divisions.


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:17 AM.