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Old 09-24-2018, 10:44 AM   #21
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Oh DUH! It's monday and I a slow on mondays
I edited in a photo in my last post while you were typing...

Shows how the awning is basically useless as an awning.

Here it is again:
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Old 09-24-2018, 10:57 AM   #22
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I hope this is the right place for this question. But I have a Shasta 336RL and ordered toppers for all 3 slides per the sizing chart by Solera. But it appears the awning arm next to the living room slide is too close to mount the topper hardware. I have attached a picture of what I am seeing. I am not sure there is way to mount this topper without the awning arm interfering with the slide closing. See attached picture.

Any suggestions will be helpful. As I don't think I want to install the other toppers without this one, as the DW says it will look stupid without all 3.

You may have a problem but I'm no expert.

You'll need just about 3 inches between the awning arm on the side of the trailer and the outer edge (the 3' flange) of the slideout for the awning topper mounting bracket.

From the outside of the slideout you want to add 3 inches for the flange that covers the rubber wiper seal plus 3 inches for the mounting bracket.
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I am sorry but most of the "Measurements the OP "has listed are for the Material Cloth, the Roller Tube and Mounting Brackets "Add to OAL" If you continue to think a Topper that will clear your "Obstacles "will look good and cover PART of the top of slide, go for it and Please Post Pics! Youroo! !
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Old 09-24-2018, 11:17 AM   #24
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As you can see by my photos in my previous post, for the slide topper fabric to cover the slide roof, there has to be a bit of bracket stick out on each side of the slide flange.

The brackets could be flush if you so desired. The topper would be a bit short but that would certainly be better than none IMHO.
Yea thats what I thinking. I have checked with both Dometic and Carefree and they don't have a better solution either.
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Thanks for the info. The Solera toppers coming in plastic sleeve and the size is labelled at both ends. But I understand what your saying. In my case the problem isn't with the incorrect awning size, but more of not enough space between the slide out and the arms of the awning. I am going to have to order another topper that is 2 sizes smaller. The slide out box is 146", that is not including the flanges. The topper that will fit is 145", so now I will order that one.
Hope this does the trick for you as the slide toppers are a great thing to have as mentioned more pros than cons. Good luck. Later RJD
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Old 09-24-2018, 12:24 PM   #26
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I have had slide toppers on all my trailers since 1998. Only had one problem with a Micro Burst in Gulf Shores, AL. The storm not only got my slide out topper but 2 stages and over 200 booths at the National Shrimp Fest.
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Old 09-24-2018, 12:29 PM   #27
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I am sorry but most of the "Measurements the OP "has listed are for the Material Cloth, the Roller Tube and Mounting Brackets "Add to OAL" If you continue to think a Topper that will clear your "Obstacles "will look good and cover PART of the top of slide, go for it and Please Post Pics! Youroo! !
Youroo,

You are correct and I apologize for not providing everyone with complete information to form the best opinions and advise.

The slide out w/ flanges is 152" wide. The slide box is 146" wide

There is approximately 1 inch of space between the slide flange and the awning arm. The topper mfgs do not list the total length of their toppers including tube and mounting hardware.

So I think the Solera topper that has 145" of fabric is the best option at this point. But I am still open to suggestions.
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I agree that the 145" unit will be your best bet and it'll look right. At least it'll be even on both sides.
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Youroo,

You are correct and I apologize for not providing everyone with complete information to form the best opinions and advise.

The slide out w/ flanges is 152" wide. The slide box is 146" wide

There is approximately 1 inch of space between the slide flange and the awning arm. The topper mfgs do not list the total length of their toppers including tube and mounting hardware.

So I think the Solera topper that has 145" of fabric is the best option at this point. But I am still open to suggestions.
Ok,now our Box is 145.5 add flanges and the total overall width is 151.5! The overall width of the A&E slide topper Factory Installed Hardware is 159.5 ! NOW we have the same size Slide,do you have anywhere close to 159.5"for equal mounting location? Youroo! !
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Anti billowing block

You will need to install the antibillowing device on the side of the camper so you need to be careful where the end bracket is installed. The device is mounted to the movable topper at the end which is very close to the edge of the fabric. Hope this makes sense.
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You will need to install the antibillowing device on the side of the camper so you need to be careful where the end bracket is installed. The device is mounted to the movable topper at the end which is very close to the edge of the fabric. Hope this makes sense.
According to Solera anti-billowing device is not needed.
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Old 09-25-2018, 11:20 AM   #33
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Ok I have ordered the topper I am sure will work for this slide and will post pictures when I have it installed.

In the meantime, I am wondering what can be done if I accidentally strip out one of the screws on the mounting bracket? Not sure how I managed that, as I was being careful not to let this happen. I am installing the 2 other toppers
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There are several ways to repair a stripped screw hole.
There are inserts that you plug the hole with and reinsert the screw. Screw-It-Again is one.

You can also fill the hole with some good 2-part epoxy and once it dries you can drill and reinsert the screw into it.

If it's in aluminum framing you can use nut-serts to repair it.
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Ok I have ordered the topper I am sure will work for this slide and will post pictures when I have it installed.

In the meantime, I am wondering what can be done if I accidentally strip out one of the screws on the mounting bracket? Not sure how I managed that, as I was being careful not to let this happen. I am installing the 2 other toppers
Some possible options; One size larger self tapper, Fill hole with toothpicks & wood glue, use two part epoxy to fill the hole?

I almost made the same mistake, had the drill in drill mode and not screw mode with clutch, caught my mistake in time.

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Heres something to be carefully thought out. You can put spacers behind the slide topper mounting brackets just deep enough to clear the closed awning bracket. Keep in mind maximum opening of the topper fabric. Before installing anything,,, open the slide,,then open the canopy and see if the canopy arm passes thru the place where the topper support would be. If it does you're a cooked goose. If it doesn't, then you just have to remember to "ALWAYS" open the slide out "BEFORE" you open the awning. Just My McGyver thoughts.LOL!!
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Its a real shame the designers of that model didn't forsee that
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When installing my toppers (Carefree) I stripped a screw for one of the brackets that mounted on the slide. I noticed the marking on the head was different than the others. It turned out that that there were two different size screws provided with the same head size. One for the rail that mounted on the trailer, and a larger size for the brackets that mounted on the slide. I got a small screw mixed in with the larger screws. When I put the larger screw in, it didnít strip out.

As someone mentioned, try a larger screw.
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A topper that sags or billows is an improperly installed/maintained topper. Reset the recoil on the topper to keep it taught. Never had a problem with any topper I've ever had on any RV I've had in any weather condition.
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JohnD,

I have had toppers on the last 2 campers, a travel trailer and a FW, I never once had any issues with my toppers, nor did I have to pull in my slides during windy days or night.

But thanks for your input.
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