How to Replace Carefree of Colorado “Omega” Slide Topper Fabric

TheRVgeeks Awnings & Slide Toppers 14 Comments

If you’ve followed us for very long, you know that 1) Slide topper replacement is our absolute favorite DIY RV project (easier than expected, better quality than OEM, saves a ton of $$) and 2) We think Tough Top Awnings makes the finest replacement fabric on the market… and is a fantastic company to boot.

After nearly 13 years on the road, we’ve seen the good, the bad and the ugly when it comes to suppliers of RV services and equipment. So when we purchased our first Tough Top Awnings slide topper replacement fabric over three years ago, we immediately knew we were dealing with a great company. Responsive customer service, fast shipping and top quality products.

We’ve since had enough experience with Tough Top Awnings to recognize that Ray & Tyler run a truly wonderful company, and we’re proud to call them friends.

We recently visited their new production facility in Vancouver, WA (where they also do installations), and they showed us how to replace the fabric on a Carefree of Colorado Omega. Since that model combines a slide topper and window awning all in one, you might expect replacing it to be a complicated job. As it turns out, it’s actually a snap!

Check out the video to see how easy it is to replace the Omega. If you have a different model slide topper, or have a main awning to replace, our entire video series on fabric replacement is listed below.


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  1. I know it has been a couple of years since you recorded this but do you know what color was used for this particular replacement?

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      Hi Nancy! We’re 99% sure that is Tough Top Awnings’ “gray” 15 oz heavy duty fabric, which is perfect for slide toppers. But if you want to be 100% sure, you can call Tyler at (360) 980-0537 to confirm. Let him know you want the same fabric he demonstrated replacing in the “Omega” slide topper video with the RVgeeks, and he can check the video and confirm. But looking at it again, we’re actually 99.9% sure it’s gray! Don’t forget to tell Tyler “RVGEEKSROCK” to save 5%! Actually, since your timing happens to be just about perfect, we’ll let you in on a little secret. Next week we’ll be announcing a sale on Tough Top replacement fabric, using a special limited-time code. Don’t tell anyone we told you though! ;-) Just be sure you’re subscribed so you’ll get the announcement.

  2. Dear RVgeeks,

    We used your how-to tutorial methodology to remove/repair/reinstall our Omega Slide Topper. Although one RV repair specialist prescribed complete replacement, we found the 15 year old topper fabric was fine; the original thread used to stitch the channel rod had begun to disintegrate, however, causing the topper to partially pull away from our RV.

    Here’s how we fixed it:

    First, we followed your step-by-step tutorial to rotate, clamp, drill and remove the slide topper (easy). Then we purchased UV-resistant outdoor heavy duty polyester thread and restitched the channel rod. (We also replaced the 3/16″ plastic rod itself, as it had begun to fall apart.) Then we continued on your tutorial path: lubing and reinstalling the topper, being careful to get a correct alignment. As a final measure, we also replaced the original pull-down straps using much the same methodology.

    All in we spent $5 for thread from a fabric store and $6 apiece for replacement pull-down straps on sale from LazyDays. The 3/16″ plastic rod was donated by our local Carefree awning dealer (thanks to Art’s RV in Glen Ellyn, IL).

    My wife and I spent no more than three hours total on the whole project.

    Considering we didn’t have to replace the slide topper awning in lieu of a simple repair, we figure your how-to tutorial saved us several hundred dollars.

    Thanks again!

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      Hi Tom! Thanks so much for sharing your excellent story of DIY RVing at its finest. Great to hear that we were helpful, but you sure did take it to the max, saving a ton of money, and obviously deriving lots of satisfaction in the process. Nicely done!

  3. Your videos are great. Appreciate the insight. I have 2 questions. 1- how do you tell the difference between and Omega and an Omega 2? I believe the spring broke in my awning and not sure what parts I need in order to fix it.
    2- do you have a video or tutorial on replacing the spring in the Omega Awning?
    Thanks in advance.
    Jason

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      We replaced all of our slide toppers with the 15 ounce vinyl, and couldn’t be more satisfied. If you have technical questions about the pros and cons of each type, best to reach out to Tough Top Awnings and talk to Tyler.

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  4. I keep my MH in a Storage area. But passenger side is sloped should I use my levels for the winter Love you shows Keep it up Thank you Have a nice Holiday

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      Hi Anthony. Actually, the only reason that an RV must be kept level is because propane/electric RV refrigerators have to be mostly level to operate properly. If you have a residential (all electric) fridge, or your RV fridge is shut off (which we assume it is when stored for the winter), there is no reason at all to worry about whether the RV is level or not. Besides the fridge issue, the only other reason to level is for comfort on board, which of course is not a factor during storage. You can leave your RV stored on a slope without worrying about it.

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