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Old 06-28-2022, 03:31 PM   #1
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Repair slide out roof help

The roll out material on one of my slide outs has come loose from the RV body and is actually kind of rotted, but all else looks good. It looks to me like there is excess material on the roller bar when slide out extended. Can I somehow use that excess, trim what attaches to the RV, and push newly trimmed rubber into slot? Looks just like replacing a screen to me. Just get the rubber strip, stretch it, then roll it in with the stretched rubber just like putting a screen in a frame.
If I am correct then how do I release 2 inches of the excess on the roller?

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Old 06-28-2022, 03:48 PM   #2
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First: Posting pictures on the MOC isn't too difficult once you know the process. Lots of members do just that. Be sure to take the photo in Landscape mode.

Go to https://www.montanaowners.com/forums...ad.php?t=70323 and read posts #8 and #25.



Second: That looks like a slide topper that has come loose. I seem to recall this ia brand new RV so the dealer should take care of it for you.
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Old 06-28-2022, 05:40 PM   #3
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I think his RV is a 2019 381TH...probably not a warranty issue.
I dont have slide toppers - but if i was in your situation i would remove the fabric - since it is already roached - cut it at the gutter, roll it up on the roller and wrap a bungee or two around the fabric on the roller to keep it rolled up during travel.

This would buy me some time until i ordered a replacement fabric and watched several youtube videos showing me how to replace the fabric.
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If me, I would just order a new topper cover and install. With two folks, easy job. I replaced the living room slide topper on our rig last winter. Paid around $350. Spring tension is the one thing you have to be careful with.
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Old 06-29-2022, 11:02 AM   #5
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If me, I would just order a new topper cover and install. With two folks, easy job. I replaced the living room slide topper on our rig last winter. Paid around $350. Spring tension is the one thing you have to be careful with.
If that is the case then I might try that, but my initial search on costs came back at averaging $1,500. I'm sure that is with installation. I like to try and fix things myself and it appears to me that if I could access what looks like excess material on the roller bar I could fix it quickly like putting in a new screen. If so, my cost would only be labor which is what I charge me per hour. I'm pretty cheap when I hire myself for labor.
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Old 06-29-2022, 11:20 AM   #6
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On the wall side, the fabric has a loop sewn into it, then a bead slides into the loop, then you slide it into the channel on the wall.
If you have a sewing machine, cut off the frayed part and sew a new loop if you have enough fabric on the roll.
Check your other toppers for that bead backing out. Happened to me. I put a stop screw through the end of the channel.
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Old 06-29-2022, 11:59 AM   #7
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We had to repair / replace several slide toppers on our 2014 Montana 3850FL. We found a vendor that does upholstery repair and took them several slide toppers to have the sun dried/damaged material cut away and a new seam sewed into the section that goes into the rail on the side of the RV. You can only do this if there is enough fabric to completely wrap around the tube at least 1 1/2 times when fully extended.

We had to get one new slide topper because it would have been too short after the bad material was cut away. We got a new 96" x 40" slide topper from Tough Top Awnings for under $150 and did the install ourselves. We made a video that shows how we did it:

You should probably check all your other slide toppers as well. I see you are from Jacksonville - so probably as much sun exposure as we get in south Texas!
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Excellent video!!!
Thanks for sharing
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Old 06-29-2022, 04:20 PM   #9
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Thanks to you & Daryles. Exactly what I needed to see

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If me, I would just order a new topper cover and install. With two folks, easy job. I replaced the living room slide topper on our rig last winter. Paid around $350. Spring tension is the one thing you have to be careful with.
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We had to repair / replace several slide toppers on our 2014 Montana 3850FL. We found a vendor that does upholstery repair and took them several slide toppers to have the sun dried/damaged material cut away and a new seam sewed into the section that goes into the rail on the side of the RV. You can only do this if there is enough fabric to completely wrap around the tube at least 1 1/2 times when fully extended.

We had to get one new slide topper because it would have been too short after the bad material was cut away. We got a new 96" x 40" slide topper from Tough Top Awnings for under $150 and did the install ourselves. We made a video that shows how we did it:

You should probably check all your other slide toppers as well. I see you are from Jacksonville - so probably as much sun exposure as we get in south Texas!
To someone else, yes I have a 2019 381TH - And I love the floor plan.

This is exactly what I needed too see and hear - with a video no less. Interesting that I went too Lippert and they have every imaginable gear, motor, gadget, etc. Except what everyone is calling the topper material.
I do have 1.5 turns of excess material and until you and Daryles pointed out the fold over I would not have McGyvered it out. Looking only at the damaged side I was convinced it was exactly like replacing a screen. Bad thing about DIY is that you don't know what you don't know.
I'm not sure if I'm going to try and use the existing material or buy new. At the price point you paid I can live with and won't feel like I'm dumping a lot of cash to fix something I can probably do myself with the existing material. I'm not opposed to spending money on maintenance, just unnecessary spending.
I can see that it will be challenging. Anything with springs and tension can be difficult.
Yes, I'm in the sunshine state where UV rays will suck the life out of everything, but overall the remaining material has some legs left on it. Yes, my mother has a sewing machine, but the question is can I sew a straight line. Walking one can be difficult on some days if you know what I mean.
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Old 06-30-2022, 12:02 AM   #10
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Great video Clark & Peggy - inspires confidence for when the time comes, as we all know that it will.
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