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Slide toppers?
#1
OK, so a little help to understand things...

I have a dometic slide topper.
MFG No 86103FJ.1141-U
MFG/PNC 958372844
Serial No. 70597995
SKU No. 9108655820

The RV tech told me that "my spring broke" but when you turn the outside "arm" (round cylindrical piece--see screenshot because I suck at describing it and I don't know what it's called), you can hear things inside loose, rolling around.

Is it the spring broke or something more?

Do I need to replace the whole arm?

Searching gives nothing on what I'm calling it so I suspect I'm searching for the wrong thing? Thanks in advance.


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Yes, there is a coil spring inside the tube, a torsion spring. I would imagine the spring can be replaced but don't know how. I've replaced a few canopy fabrics but never worked on the tube part. Just had to roll them out and clamp in place so they wouldn't recoil to replace the fabric.

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Might be some pertinent information in this video on youtube:

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Thanks. I definitely can understand a little more now. I can't find an exact replacement torsion spring (all the numbers are off), but it looks like I can order the whole slide topper for $200 plus shipping so honestly I may go that route. Surely replacing the whole slide topper would be easier than replacing the spring?
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Probably easier but also more expensive.

I figured the video on youtube would show you what is inside and whether you might want to tackle that job....

Some RVers just remove the damaged slide topper and then use a stepladder (or climb up on the top of the RV) and a broom (or brush) and clean off the roof of the slide every time they retract it after camping anywhere near trees.

It's your call. But if you're going to sell the RV soon, I'm not sure I would even mess with it.
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we always decided against slide toppers to cover our slideouts. just another damn thing to break is how we figure it.
if in a high tree area hubby will go on roof and sweep and hit the top of the slides also but it is only if we feel we 'got tree'd and leaf'd' more than normal ya know Smile

I don't have an idea how to fix that, for me it would be a replacement being it seems the easiest route to go

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