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Old 03-06-2013, 07:12 PM   #1
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Slide Topper Replacement

I have had three of the four slide toppers replaced on my Vectra, by Galaxy Awnings. They did a great job and the price was reasonable. However, I am now faced with a dilemma. The fourth topper is now deteriorating and it is mounted below the main Weather Pro awning. Galaxy has indicated that the Weather Pro will have to be removed in order to gain access to the mounting slot and they don't have the manpower to accomplish this. I am looking for other options, other than total removal of the Weather Pro. I am considering doing this myself with my son's help. Any suggestions?
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:26 PM   #2
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:26 PM   #3
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It looks like the rail is right under the main awning that main rail should be on the roof or close to it why the main has to come off, opening it should gain access
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Old 03-06-2013, 07:39 PM   #4
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Normally, the large awning would be mounted in the channel so the topper must be in a second channel. Looks like you need to open the awning and seen what's what and decide from there. The topper might very will be mounted in an add-on channel below the main one so you might get lucky!.
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Old 03-07-2013, 05:53 AM   #5
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I agree never seen a reason to remove the main just to get to the topper
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:17 AM   #6
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Hmm ... a picture like the one you included but with the upper awning extended would probably firm up the opinions. It looks like the topper would slide past the extended upper awning but it's hard to tell where the awning arms would be positioned.
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Old 03-07-2013, 07:12 AM   #7
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Guys I have owned the coach for 6 years. The Topper is mounted in the Main awning rail that runs the lenght of the coach. The Main awning is mounted above it and the support arms are over the top of it. When the awning is opened the support arms are still mounted to the side of the coach. The slide topper could NOT be put in the slot without removing or at least tipping on eoe the support arms. Look at the picture again!
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I'm in Florida, or PA this summer. Anyway, I think I can do it myself if I can get some advice on getting the Weather Pro Awning out of the way. Here's a Picture with the awning extended.
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Here's two Pic's looking from the rear.
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I'm not standing near your RV but from here it looks like you could extend the main awning, support the outboard end (farthest from the side wall), pull the 4 bolts at the top of the bracket (on one end), pull the bracket a few inches away from the side wall, clamp if necessary, and feed the topper thru the gap. 2 men and 2 ladders for sure.
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Old 03-07-2013, 04:34 PM   #12
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One thing you could do is to widen the channel/track at one end of the topper with a pair of pliers or permanently, by drilling out the edges of it. You might need to do it for a inch or more so you can remove the old and insert the new awning into it. You can use a small screw(s) through the end of the awning to secure it to the track/sidewall when installed. I used this to widen the roller end of my topper as an alternative to disassembling the end cap - it was suggested by the replacement topper supplier.
I appreciate that this methodology sounds a bit "invasive" for lack of a better term, but it is highly unlikely you will see it once installed. You also avoid any potential to damage the large main awning trying to remove it so this process has tradeoffs. Be sure to remove rough edges that could cut the new topper when being installed.
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Old 03-07-2013, 06:08 PM   #13
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Like it bobmac, sounds like the way I may have to go. Thanks for the idea.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:29 AM   #14
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Just finished the new awning topper replacement this weekend. I widened the awning rail as bobmac suggested (Thanks again). Removed the old one and inserted a new one from Tough Topper Awnings. Great instructions and it only took about 2 hours.
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