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Old 03-12-2017, 11:29 AM   #1
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Slide out topper - Install questions

Been reading threads on the forum about installing them. Seem fairly straight-forward.

Camping World has one on sale (no free shipping on freight) but it is about 50% off. Looks like everything is included except the awning rail. I don;t know why they don't include that - I assume that is what attaches the awning to the trailer. They have 4' sections and a 20' piece. I would again assume the 20' and cut it down to the 16' length I need rather than try to line up all four 4' sections. Looks like you feed it through the rail from an end so one piece would hang up less.

I never did this before, but looks like from what I read, if you follow the instructions you should hit the framing members. I am fairly handy, so I would certainly have no doubt about tackling it.

My quote from my dealer last year was $700-800 for parts and labor.

If I DIY it would be about $450 for the awning, rail, butyl tape and caulk.

Is it worth it or should I just have the dealer do it? From some threads I have read, they mess things up sometimes. I guess I'm just trying to talk myself into it.

Anyone have any experiences with doing it themselves?
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Old 03-12-2017, 11:47 AM   #2
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Anytime you can do something yourself I would go for it.
Then you know exactly how it was installed.

I would use the longer rail and cut to length.
it will make a much nicer job than cobbling 2-3 pieces together.
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What size awning are you looking at, if you don't mind me asking. Reason was I called CW about a slide topper and it was going to run me about $1300 bucks. Granted mine would have been 14 feet.
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Old 03-12-2017, 12:11 PM   #4
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What size awning are you looking at, if you don't mind me asking. Reason was I called CW about a slide topper and it was going to run me about $1300 bucks. Granted mine would have been 14 feet.
I need to measure mine but I think it is about 16' and this is what I found.

Black Solera Slider, 16' - Lippert Components Inc V000194925 - Awning Accessories & Hardware - Camping World


EDIT: Looks like I need a 14' only. I measured from flange to flange and was 13' 9". (price is the same for 14' or 16' - $282.)
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Old 03-12-2017, 01:42 PM   #5
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I would double check there is not a channel underneath the drip rail that the slide cover slides into. It may be standard on the unit.
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Old 03-12-2017, 01:51 PM   #6
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I would double check there is not a channel underneath the drip rail that the slide cover slides into. It may be standard on the unit.
X2 Also Id do it myself. Id also try and find the rail in my own town so I didn't have to pay freight ont he long 20' piece, that may be a killer.
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Old 03-12-2017, 02:40 PM   #7
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How many did it themselves and what are the pit falls. Measure 3 times, install right the first time, once slide toppers belly in the center you'll have a pool(s) forever, tried beach balls - blew away. Read the comments! Traded the pool(s) - 3 slide toppers professionally installed and no pools.
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Old 03-12-2017, 03:10 PM   #8
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Check your unit and see if you already have a topper rail over your slide. My Coachmen already had the rail instead and the Dometic topper I purchased included a rail as well. My son in law and I installed mine. I was very nervous about drilling the holes for the brackets that attach to the slide but it all worked out great.
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I installed a 168" Dometic from Makarios RV all by myself. The awning rail wasshipped with the rolled up fabric and was not very hard to install, just make sure your drill battery is well charged before you start. Extend the slide 6" and center the rail and lay the rail on top the slide out roof. Predrill screw holes and use plenty of silicon in the pilot hole and under the rail. Start in the center and work toward the ends Measure and determine how to mount the end to give the proper clearance over the slide out flange. pre deill and again apply silicon with the screws over the brackets into the slideout wall. unwrap a couple turns of the awning and spray the rail track and edge of awning with silicon lube and assemble. Attach the end caps and install the anit unfurling bracket and test that the slide goes in qand outy as it is supposed to. Go camping!

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BTW, There are some good prices and a measuring video on the makarios RV website. Plus free shipping.
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Old 03-12-2017, 03:34 PM   #10
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If you do install them yourself be sure to give about 4 extra turns on the springs on the longer toppers. I've got a 8' which is fine but the 12' and 16' ones sag a lot after a rain. Old Coot tells in another thread how to do it.
See post #9 from Old Coot
Slide topper issue

Some other remedies are:
4" Pool Noodles
Anyone tried this method for dealing with sagging slideout awnings..
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