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Here is the full-length version of this video, showing how to measure, order and install a new A&E slide topper.
Our favorite type of DIY RV project is one that’s both surprisingly manageable and also saves a lot of money. Slide topper replacement fits that description to a T by being much easier to accomplish than one might expect, while costing as little as 1/2 to 1/3 the price of having it done at an RV shop. If you thought that replacing your slide toppers was out of your league as a DIY RVer, watch this first and you just might change your mind!
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This video is the full-length version, where we demonstrate how to take the needed measurements, how to complete the online order form and then show you the “standard” method for replacing a typical A&E slide topper (Carefree of Colorado toppers are different of course). We also recorded a shorter version, which shows only the installation itself. You can view that shorter video here:
This is a really easy DIY job, which we did in 20 minutes flat with two people and two stepladders. If you saw our first video on this topic last year, we tried an “alternate” installation technique that’s a good method to consider using on deep slide-outs. You can view that video here:
The alternate method is a bit more involved, but we liked the fact that much of the work was done on the ground, and we didn’t have to reach across our deep slide-out from the ladders. Watch both videos and choose the installation method that you’re most comfortable with. Either way, it’s probably easier that you thought!
We purchased our first slide topper replacement last year from Tough Top Awnings. When we opened the box, it was immediately obvious that it was superior to the original fabric (double-stitched and noticeably thicker) and it was less expensive than buying OEM replacement material from A&E.
Ray (Tough Top’s owner) was very responsive when we had questions during the ordering process and he obviously takes pride in making a superior product at a lower price. When we decided to replace our bedroom slide toppers this year, it was a no-brainer to order from Tough Top Awnings again. You can get more detail by visiting their website:
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Even though we're handy RVers, we're not professional technicians. So although we're happy with the techniques and products we use, you should be sure to confirm that all methods and materials are compatible with your equipment and abilities. Regardless of what we recommend, consult a professional if you're unsure about working on your RV. Any task you perform or product you purchase based on any information we provide is strictly at your own risk.