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Old 08-17-2013, 06:19 PM   #15
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Good idea- if I can find a way to hold the top up long enough to attach them! It has to be straight up for the straps to keep it straight up. I might be able to get someone to stand inside and hold it straight (I measured so I can calculate how long the strap would need to be and then just use a drill to quickly attach each one. It might be tricky getting them to fold down on the inside, though.

Nothing else I've tried has worked to even temporarily hold it in place. There is just too much play in the mechanism (side to side.) I'm working on sewing the top as that may be the best solution.
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Old 08-18-2013, 02:52 PM   #16
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The top stabilization worked like a charm. Just one end attached and it was stable; now there are two so it will stay. I'll keep my eye out for a high-quality webbing that will last for years outside (but mostly it isn't exposed to the sun as it will be closed up.) I used 1/2 inch stainless steel wood screws to attach 1 inch webbing across both ends, diagonally as shown (blue.)
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Old 08-19-2013, 05:52 PM   #17
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Bobbie,

That looks great. I have thought about putting webbing on the ends and will make that part of my winter project list. I did use rip stop for the fabric and I think the fabric isn't as stiff as the original so it isn't as supportive.

I have velcro on the fabric to make it easier to remove the fabric and to get to the mechanism.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:22 PM   #18
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I did Velcro, too. The straps across the ends made it like a rock so you could leave the whole top off in good weather with no bugs. I left it up in the wind and it didn't move. I may make a second top just out of mesh for hot weather. (Though I'm going to put more windows in this one.) I'll post it in a moment.
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So far only one window on the end but after this next trip I'll put more windows in it. I was going to wait to post it until after doing the Trim Lok but I'm still fighting with rivets. The fabric is similar to Cordura but a bit lighter-weight.
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Old 08-19-2013, 06:58 PM   #20
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Great job! The top looks great.
We are going to try the cross straps-I am sure they will work for us too.
Not sure if I will get windows and screens in the top very soon-ripstop is a pain to work with.
May sew a completely different top with some heavy water resistant fabric.
Someone used a fabric shower curtain-I may look into that too.
Our next project is the new vent fan. The former owners put a vent in the top and used 32 screws-overkill.

Keep up the good work and ideas.
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This stuff was easy to sew. I used a denim needle and easily sewed through layers including Velcro. Kind of a pain working with that long a piece, though, if I did it again I'd do it in two halves and then join them up.
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I like the fabric!! Looks really great Bobbie
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Must be meant to be- we are camped tonight, and through the one single window I put in the top, I can see the full moon rising. I do have to find an easier way to get it to tuck in when the top comes down, though.
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