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Old 11-07-2017, 07:21 PM   #1
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How much weight can the slide out roof support?

I need to replace the D-shaped seals. The upper D-seal is located under the slide topper. I might be able to work on the seal by laying on the slide roof and under the topper.
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Old 11-07-2017, 11:58 PM   #2
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How much weight can the slide out roof support?

I need to replace the D-shaped seals. The upper D-seal is located under the slide topper. I might be able to work on the seal by laying on the slide roof and under the topper.

I would strongly urge you to just take the slide topper off. It is not that difficult. I had to take the topper off my dining side slide this summer to do some repair. I did it by myself. It would be easier with two people.

On the right end of topper take-up roller, there is a hole which you can place a 3 inch cotter pin through to lock the take-up spring mechanism. Once that is done, remove the small screw/s from the bead on the topper where it attaches to slot in the rail on the sidewall of the coach. Remove the left end plate and, with two people, you can slowly slide the entire assembly off the coach.

Hope this helps. Good luck.
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Old 11-08-2017, 12:38 AM   #3
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I would strongly urge you to just take the slide topper off. It is not that difficult. I had to take the topper off my dining side slide this summer to do some repair. I did it by myself. It would be easier with two people.

On the right end of topper take-up roller, there is a hole which you can place a 3 inch cotter pin through to lock the take-up spring mechanism. Once that is done, remove the small screw/s from the bead on the topper where it attaches to slot in the rail on the sidewall of the coach. Remove the left end plate and, with two people, you can slowly slide the entire assembly off the coach.

Hope this helps. Good luck.
Thank you for our guidance. I was hoping to find a work around so as not to remove the entire assembly.

Do you think it would be workable, that instead of removing the assembly to just lay the assembly onto the roof of the RV?

I might need to secure the assembly with rope as there might not be enough topper material to allow laying the assembly completely on the roof. That would save having to slide the topper out of the rail. Just wondering if that could work.

The topper, that is involved with the failing D-seals is on the very long street side slide. The shorter curb side topper would be much easier to deal with for Carol and I.

I dread the thought of taking our Redwood back to our RW dealer. Their techs mean well however they are not aces.
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I'm pretty sure he was suggesting removing only the fabric not the entire assembly.
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Old 11-08-2017, 04:48 PM   #5
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Thank you for our guidance. I was hoping to find a work around so as not to remove the entire assembly.

Do you think it would be workable, that instead of removing the assembly to just lay the assembly onto the roof of the RV?

I might need to secure the assembly with rope as there might not be enough topper material to allow laying the assembly completely on the roof. That would save having to slide the topper out of the rail. Just wondering if that could work.

The topper, that is involved with the failing D-seals is on the very long street side slide. The shorter curb side topper would be much easier to deal with for Carol and I.

I dread the thought of taking our Redwood back to our RW dealer. Their techs mean well however they are not aces.

Sorry...........I wasn't clear about. There was enough fabric on the roller so that you could lay the roller assembly up on the roof. If you are concerned about that, you could put the slide in part way before doing what I suggested. Then remove the roller assembly, put it up on the roof of the coach, then put the slide back out to do your seal repair.
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Remember the roller is under tension when you try to releases it unless you use the cotter pin or another tool would be a vise grip oil filter wrench. If you decide to take the topper fabric off there is a very good video on you tube that shows you how to do it using a drill to make the channel big enough to slide the material out. It is very easy to take the material off by yourself my wife helped me to reinstall it after the repair of the thread letting go next to the channel that is on the wall of the 5th wheel. once you make the modification it is ready for the life of the slide out topper to replace or repair the fabric or simply remove to repair the top of the slide. Messing with taking the whole thing off the slide side of the slide might become more of a chore than you want to deal with as they have a tendency to fall apart when trying to remove them....... I am with Guy on this one.
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Sorry...........I wasn't clear about. There was enough fabric on the roller so that you could lay the roller assembly up on the roof. If you are concerned about that, you could put the slide in part way before doing what I suggested. Then remove the roller assembly, put it up on the roof of the coach, then put the slide back out to do your seal repair.
That should be doable. Thank you.
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Remember the roller is under tension when you try to releases it unless you use the cotter pin or another tool would be a vise grip oil filter wrench. If you decide to take the topper fabric off there is a very good video on you tube that shows you how to do it using a drill to make the channel big enough to slide the material out. It is very easy to take the material off by yourself my wife helped me to reinstall it after the repair of the thread letting go next to the channel that is on the wall of the 5th wheel. once you make the modification it is ready for the life of the slide out topper to replace or repair the fabric or simply remove to repair the top of the slide. Messing with taking the whole thing off the slide side of the slide might become more of a chore than you want to deal with as they have a tendency to fall apart when trying to remove them....... I am with Guy on this one.
I will stop by the hardware store and pick up the recommended cotter pins. Would not want to have that spring give we whooping!! Thanks for the heads up. Now off to order the D-seal material.
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I drilled the channel & used the vice grip filter wrench mostly because I had the wrench & a drill handy + a SIL that wasn't doing anything & it was not difficult job. I'd recommend giving the tube an extra twist or 2 to tighten up the fabric while your at it, made a big difference in wind noise & rain puddling.
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I drilled the channel & used the vice grip filter wrench mostly because I had the wrench & a drill handy + a SIL that wasn't doing anything & it was not difficult job. I'd recommend giving the tube an extra twist or 2 to tighten up the fabric while your at it, made a big difference in wind noise & rain puddling.
Thanks for those tips. The oil filter vice grip is a tool I don't have so will pick that up at Harbor Freight. I do have a couple of different strap wrenches however the vice grip oil filter tool should be a better grip while adding a little tension to the material.

Having winterized and returned our RW to covered storage yesterday I will gather tools, cotter pin and the D-seal material for a warm spring day at the lake.

I am going to research the materials (D-seal and sealants) so as to get a high quality seal (resistance to UV) and a sealant that does not degrade the D-seal material. Where the sealant is contacting the seals is where the seal has "rotted". Those areas not in contact with the sealant are like new.

Thanks to everyone for sharing your insights. Was really a lot of welcomed help.
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