Solera Slide-Topper Awning Installation - 2017 Forest River Forester

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How to Install the Solera Slide-Topper Awning on a 2017 Forest River Forester

Speaker 1: Today on our 2017 Forest River R-Pod RP-180, we're gonna take a look at and show you how to install the Solera six and a half foot slider. This is in black, with black hardware, part number is LCV000165063. Now, here's a great look at what our slide topper looks like once you get it installed. Now, these type toppers provide excellent solution for protecting the top of your slideout when it's out like we have it now. It's gonna protect, keep the sticks and the leaves and things like that from falling on top, so then when you roll it up, it'll just fall off the edge here.Now, this slide topper's gonna work out great for slideout rooms up to six feet. It offers a six and a half feet of coverage, so that's gonna give us the two and a half inches on each end that we need for the adequate overhang.

Now, the slide topper has a really long extension. This can come out up to 50 inches from the camper. That's about eight inches further than what you typically see in them. That's gonna work out really well for slides, even out to four feet of extension.Now, the awning material has rubberized feel to it. It's nice and heavy duty.

It's got a good feel. It's not too thin, not too think, kind of right there in the middle road, and overall it's gonna give us a really nice clean and finished look to the top of those slides. You'll notice here, even with our slide retracted and in against the vehicle, we still have this nice area of protection. The top edge of your sliders can be potential leak points when the rain gets in there, settles in, and finally soaks through the seals. This is gonna give us adequate protection, to prevent any of the dust, dirt, or water, from getting down and inside.Now, the slide toppers also come with all the hardware.

We've got the brackets to mount to our slide. We're gonna have the spring mechanism, of course. This R-pod already had the extrusion above the slideout, but it does also come with another extrusion piece that you can mount in, and also all the hardware for that. Now, the first step of our slide topper installation, is gonna vary depending on how yours is set up. The R-pod that we're working on today, this is the RP-180 with the kitchen slider, it already has the extrusion that goes along top of the slider.On each side, you can see these little rain gutters here.

What we'll need to do is trim these off so that they're behind the rounded portion right here that has the slot. That's where our slide topper will be going into position. I'm gonna use just a high speed cut off wheel, make a clean line around there, and then we'll clean it up with a razor knife afterward.See, that's gonna expose that circle with the slot. That's where we'll be able to slide our topper in. Now, if yours didn't happen to have this mounted on the side already, you can use the provided piece. You wanna mount that up following the instructions. This one is level to the top of your slideout, and you wanna be sure to use some Butyl Tape, so go as a backer to that. So, as you secure it, it'll kind of seal that up so none of our holes will eventually wind up leaking.Next, we've got out brackets to go in position. Now, these are gonna go on the slideout itself. They'll be right up in the corner here. This is gonna provide us the attachment point, so as our slide comes out, our awning or the slide topper will automatically come out with it. Now, we need to make sure that these are level to one another. It's gonna give us the smoothest operation, so we'll get it so that it matches the top. I'm gonna use a scribe to make a couple of marks here, or just a pick. You can use a pencil if you want, and that'll give us our five points.We'll drill a very small pilot hole at each one, maybe with just like a 16th inch drill bit, just to help our self tapper start. And we'll get our Butyl Tape positioned on the back of our bracket. As we tighten those self tapping screws down, they're provided with the kit, it'll be the larger ones with the square holes in them, this is gonna get a squeak out from all the way around, it'll give us a nice seal. Again, the larger self tapping screws are the ones that we're gonna use. Let me get my middle one poked through there, just to start it. Kind of level it up after we have that one started, and then get all five secured.All right. That ones nice and secure. You can clean up any of that Butyl Tape that squeaked out around there. We're gonna do the same thing on the other side of the slide. Now, we wanna take our connecting rods. So, they're gonna have a hexagonal shape to them. The hole in that rod needs to hole up with the line that's in our awning, or with the hole that's in our awning. Once you've got those lined up, we've got our cap. Now that flat spot that's in the cap, that needs to face upward, as that slides in. Once we have all three of those lined up, we're gonna thread in our screw.That's nice and secure now. They haven't quite got to our cap. And we see everything nice and secure. Now, we'll do the same thing for the other side as well. Now, for our next step in installation, we need to get these slide topper of course slid into the track. You can see the poly cord here on the top. Your slide topper is gonna go all the way around that, and that helps as a guide, and aids us to slide it through the track, and also holds it in place. So, we'll unroll just a little bit of fabric. We don't want to let too much off of it, and begin sliding it through.Now, to make it easier to slide our poly cord through the track, we've got some spray silicone lubricant. Just kind of track it all the way down through there. Now, we'll slide the awning all the way past the end there, so our extension rod is beyond the bracket that's mounted to the slide, and we'll bring it back, being sure the rod engages the slide. Now we can loosen up our screw we put in earlier. That'll allow us to slide our rod out slightly once we have it loose enough, and we'll do the same thing for this side.We're gonna tighten our screw back down. If you don't have full access to it, kind of like you see, we'll get it in there as far as we can, and when we slide it out, we can torque it down the rest of the way to be sure that cap fell into place. Now, we're ready to take a 5/16ths inch bit driver, and we're gonna secure our connecting rods to the brackets with the self tapping screws, and those will go in all four locations. We've got two in each bracket.Now, on each side, we have our little keeper pin. That's what keeps our coil from unraveling while it's in shipment. We'll pull down on that to unclip it, and then it's just gonna slide out. We'll do that on both sides, and we'll operate our slide. Now, on each side of the cover, once we've brought this in and out, you can see it's nice and smooth, it has good tension on it, we're gonna place in the self tapping screws. You want a quarter inch bit driver. These will be just inside of an inch from the outside edge of our fabric, and we want that to go through the rail, also through the poly cord, until it's secure, just like that. That's gonna hold the position of our awning, and prevent it from sliding forward or back.That's gonna complete our installation of the Solera six and a half foot slider slide topper, part number LCV000165063, on our 2017 Forest River R-Pod RP-180.

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