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Old 08-13-2016, 06:40 PM   #1
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Adding an Awning and Slide Toppers

We have a 36CKTS right now it's about 90 degrees outside and the hottest part of the trailer is the LR slide (which is facing the sun) and naturally it's where we sit.

I am thinking about looking into slide toppers and adding an awning to the LR slide.

Can I get some input on how difficult it is to accomplish this would be and how much $ it would be?

2015 Ford F350 CC SRW LB 4X4
2016 Cedar Creek 36CKTS (My Last FR Product)
20,000 LB Reese GooseBox Hitch
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Old 08-14-2016, 08:41 AM   #2
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In April I added toppers to all 3 of mine. I chose the dometic type with the aluminum wrap built in. The total cost was around 1600...I installed myself with one helper.

Your CKTS should have tracks installed above the slides from the factory. They could not be used with the toppers I chose because the track opening was angled down instead of straight out at a 90 degree from the wall. This caused the aluminum roll-up portion to face downward and would not clear the flange when retracting. I ended up adding the supplied tracks just below the factory ones to accomplish the install.

If I had the opportunity to do it over I would skip the aluminum wrap toppers and take my chances with tree branches. It would have been an easier install.

Doug & Cindy
2014 36 CKTS: Titan Disc Brakes, EMS, Trav'lr, 20k GooseBox
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Old 08-15-2016, 08:27 AM   #3
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I am sorry can't really help since we factory ordered our slide toppers. They do help in keeping the camper a little cooler but not much. We where in Traverse City MI two weeks ago with 90+ Temps, but low humidity around 50% in full sun light and no shade. We did run both A/C's during the day and the camper seem to stay around 74 to 76 F. Which is comfortable to most people, at night the front A/C is shut off and we run the rear fan on the A/C in the low power setting to move the air around.

One thing we are now ordering is a sun shade from Shad Pro, this attaches to the awning shade and helps to screen the entire curb side from the sun. This too will help in keeping the camper somewhat cooler with full sun light on that side.
Jim W.
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