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Slide awning install- how involved DIY?
« on: February 17, 2017, 07:02:10 AM »
There is a lot of info on how to clean/maintain/service but not on installation. Dealer wants 2400 for 4 installed.  Any one done these themselves and how hard are they to do? I have replaced the main awning on a 2003 sportsman so I get the concept.

Looked at Colorado and they have some nice fabrics and options.

Trying to stay away from the stealers price gouge. 
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Re: Slide awning install- how involved DIY?
« Reply #1 on: February 17, 2017, 07:53:08 AM »
It's not a big deal if you have basic handyman skills, but you will need a helper and two ladders.

There are videos on YouTube, and installation manuals are available online for Dometic & Carefree slide toppers. Here are a few sources, but you can Google 'slide topper installation manual' and find more.


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Re: Slide awning install- how involved DIY?
« Reply #2 on: February 17, 2017, 11:18:24 AM »
Yes, you can do it your self. You besides, looking on You Tube, you can go on http://carefreeofcolorado.com/products/ , https://www.carefreeofcolorado.com/documents/Slideout-Cover-Install-Manual.pdf and look at the product and get installation instructions online. We lost our 18' awning 4 days after we brought our new GD Solitude home to a tornado. We received the arms and it came with instructions, but the instructions are on line also. I beats paying $90-$130 or more per hour for someone else to do it for you, if you are physical able. With the money you save, you can purchase two ladders, pay a someone a case of beer or some other form of payment to help you. When you are finished, you'll own two ladders and have a new a friend  ;D
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Re: Slide awning install- how involved DIY?
« Reply #3 on: February 17, 2017, 11:40:59 AM »
It is not a  big deal if you're mechanically inclined. Even if not a direct replacement. You just need to make sure that the anchors for the mounts are screwed into solid points of the RV. Regardless if you choose a direct replacement, you still need to make sure your mounts are weatherproof. Otherwise, your asking for trouble later.

Do it right. Or have someone install it with a guaranty. You will be better off. Otherwise, you can do it if you're sure of yourself. Your call.

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Re: Slide awning install- how involved DIY?
« Reply #4 on: February 17, 2017, 05:00:16 PM »
Thanks. This gave me the gumshoe to DIY!
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