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Old 07-22-2014, 11:52 AM   #1
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Replacing Boot on Pop-Up top?

The vinyl type boot on the Compact 11 trailer I'm trying to buy has tears in the material. Plus the ventilation flaps are in sad shape.

Has anyone here replaced, or had replaced, the vinyl type material on their pop-top?

If so, about how much did it cost, and what problems did you have.

I'm trying to determine how much it will cost me to make the trailer suitable for my needs.

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Old 07-22-2014, 12:00 PM   #2
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I used the old top for a pattern and made a replacement.
It is attached with the loop side of velcro stapled to the wood top and bottom trim and the fuzzy velcro sewn on the top and bottom of the ripstop.
Easy to take off in winter when storing.
I havent made windows yet but may in the future.
I used ripstop material because I couldnt find vinyl the color I wanted.
Works pretty good and looks good.
Hope this helps and good luck.
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Old 07-22-2014, 01:14 PM   #3
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Ricky 4, thank you for the reply!

Were you able to remove and install the material from inside the trailer or did you have to work from the outside roof, of even remove and reinstall the top?

About how long did it take not counting any sewing of the material?

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I used the old top for a pattern and made a replacement.
It is attached with the loop side of velcro stapled to the wood top and bottom trim and the fuzzy velcro sewn on the top and bottom of the ripstop.
Easy to take off in winter when storing.
I havent made windows yet but may in the future.
I used ripstop material because I couldnt find vinyl the color I wanted.
Works pretty good and looks good.
Hope this helps and good luck.
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:28 PM   #4
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Bill,

Had a family member sew up a rip stop type fabric as well. Took about a day, but that included a few beer breaks, install took about two hours. I was able to install from the inside, although it would greatly help to have a helper on a ladder with a socket.

Good luck with your project
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Old 07-22-2014, 03:59 PM   #5
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The original material in mine was still in decent shape, but it needed all new screens and window flaps. I removed the boot and took it to Riverside Awning in Riverside, CA. They re-screened it and made new window covers for $200 and it looks and works great. The quote for an entire new one was $400.
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Old 07-22-2014, 04:08 PM   #6
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Hubby had to replace all wood around the top-it was rotten.
He took the top off of the metal braces and laid the top on saw horses to replace wood. Then he had to replace the wood around the camper top.
It took 2 of us to lift the top off and put it back on.
I spent an afternoon cutting, measuring and running to the house and back to camper to make sure the ripstop fit. The old vinyl top was crispy and think it had shrunk because it was hard to make it fit easily in place. Used it as a pattern but needed to make the new one a little bit bigger.
When the light is on in the camper at night-the dark yellow ripstop glows-people comment on how neat it looks .
Yep-this little camper is so much fun-from the decorating (hubby doest decorate) to the rallies to the people we meet to the places we go.
Just simple fun!
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Hi Jamie, Bob, and Rei,

Thank you very much for the information!

It sounds like such a project might be a larger job than I had first thought!

I'm all thumbs when it comes to such things, so it might be best to just take the trailer to a canvas shop, and pay them to replace the fabric....except I don't have that kind of money to spend!

I'm begining to see that fixing a well used trailer might become quite costly!

Thanks again for your help!

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