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Old 02-04-2010, 12:59 AM   #1
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Has anyone had to patch their slide topper? I hadan issue with it drooping due to rain collecting while the slide was out. The problem is that I now have a small tear where the material attaches to the camper wall on one end. It's only about an inch or so long now. I'm wondering it I can remove it and apply some sort of patch to prevent it from getting worse. Anyone have any experience with this type of repair? If so, how well did the patch hold up?
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Old 02-04-2010, 01:28 AM   #2
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I would use enterbond tape on it. if you clean it right will last forever

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Old 02-04-2010, 01:44 AM   #3
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You should be able to make that repair without removing it.
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Old 02-04-2010, 01:55 AM   #4
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I haven't looked at it close enough to tell, but I think the tear starts in the channel that is attached to the camper wall. I'm not sure how all of that comes together, but figured I would have to slide it out of that channel some to start with.
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:34 AM   #5
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In most cases, there is a small screw thru the end of the fabric and channel to keep the fabric in place. *Remove the screw, and remove the awning from the awning brackets with the s/o closed, slide the fabric out enough to make the repair.
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Old 02-06-2010, 01:08 AM   #6
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Forgot to add that the patch may be too fat to slide back into the channel, so first slide the fabric back and use a screwdriver or other flat tool to enlarge the channel where the patch will be, then pull the fabric forward to make the repair. If you get the gap too wide, you can later close it up with pliers.
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:02 AM   #7
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I have some 4" etrnabond tape left over, I am going to cover the corners on the slide seals, if you need a small piece to repair your awning I would be happy to send you a piece, just give me the lenght you need, ......
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Old 02-08-2010, 01:23 AM   #8
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Is that the same as Dicor tape? If so, I have some that I am planning on using to replace the topedges of the slide outs. If not, it never hurts to have extra repair materials around just in case. CW is close by, so I can always swing by and pick up some. Besides, it will give me an excuse to look through the other items I might "need".

mbinohio - Thanks for the offer, though. That speaks miles to the caliber of people on this forum. Dayle1 - as soon as the snow stops/melts (which can be a matter of days or hours here in AR), I'll give it a try. After your post I looked at it again and it looks like afairly straight forwardrepair based on your notes. Thanks for all of the reply's!
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Old 02-12-2010, 04:40 AM   #9
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mbinohio - I appreciate the offer even more now! Didn't realize a 50 foot roll is the smallest you can get and that it runs over a $1 a foot. I did luck out because they had some sample rolls here locally. The guy working the counter couldn't find a lookup for it so he gave it to me. Not much too it (probably less than a foot), but it should be enough for what I need to repair. I just had to pay $20 for the EternaPrimer spray that I will probably only use a fraction of the 14 oz can. Now I have to wait for the temps to get above 40 to work on it. Not sure if that will be this weekend or not.

I was surprised though, because the guys at CW didn't seem to know what I was talking about when I called them about it. Very disappointing. Maybe I just got ahold of a newby.
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Old 03-01-2010, 01:41 AM   #10
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OK, temps finally got warm enough to do this repair. Didn't take long at all thanks to of the instructions. So...Thanks to everyone's input. Now I just need to start stocking supplies and de-winterize. Targeting Spring Break for the first outing. Less than 3 weeks and counting. Just hope the weather is good.
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