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Tough Top Awning Product Line April 04 2018, 5 Comments

We have said many times how much we love the RV industry and feel honored to be part of it, we love meeting all the wonderful RVers and enjoy helping each one of you find the replacement RV awning for your RV or trailer!

 We have been in business for over 12 years now, and we have added many new products over the years. If you are a new RVer, or an experienced one we still get questions about what kind of RV awning you need. Below is a list of the entire Tough Top Awning product line with a description of each product to help you decide what awning is best for you.

 As always if you have any questions you can email us or give us a call.

 

OUR AWNINGS

SLIDE OUT TOPPER
REPLACEMENT FABRIC RV Awning.
A fabric that attaches to the coach or a guard to a roller tube that covers a slide out (bump out) room that extends from a coaches side.
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Patio RV Awning. Either an electric or manually operated awning that comes out over the passenger side of a coach or trailer that extends approximately 8 feet over the main entry door.
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Omega RV Awning.  A discontinued product made by Carefree of Colorado.  This slide out topper also, doubled as a window shade to pull down and secure to the side of a slide out to act as a slide topper and window shade.
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WITH VALANCE
WITHOUT VALANCE

 

 

 

Window/Door RV Awnings.  An awning that is either electric or manual that extends over a window or an entry. 
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CAREFREE MANUAL OVER THE DOOR
CAREFREE MARQUEE OVER THE DOOR/ WINDOW
A&E DOMETIC OASIS DOOR
REGULAR RV WINDOW
TALL RV WINDOW

 

 

 

Privacy Panel. (RV Awning extension.)  A fabric that attaches to the bottom channel of a roller tube to extend your main pull-down patio awning space or provide shade and privacy.
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 RV Awning Accessories

Soft Connect (Made by Tough Tops).  A 4.5 inch or 5.5" strip of fabric used to attach a Carefree of Colorado main electric patio awning with an Aluma Guard to the coach.  This thin fabric would run the top edge of the guard the entire length the guard. GO TO ACCESSORY PAGE

 

Anti-Bellowing Device.  A small kick stand looking leg that mounts on an A&E Dometic slide topper's end cap.  Positioned at 1pm on the driver side and 11am on the passenger side with the room in, it would prevent the fabric from unraveling when in transit. GO TO ACCESSORY PAGE

 

Pull Straps (Made by Tough Tops).  A thin strap that mounts to the underside of the roller tube on a A&E Deometic or a Carefree of Colorado manual pull down patio awning. 
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Straight Pick.  A short stainless steel handled pick.  Used to secure a roller tube on an A&E slide out topper or an A&E Electric Main Patio Awning.  For the purpose of securing the spring for fabric replacement. GO TO ACCESSORY PAGE

 

Deflapper.  A device that sandwiches the fabric on a main pull down patio awning.  To stop the fabric from slapping in the wind.  This device secures to the structure legs.
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Fuel filter Vise Grips.  A specialized round gripping pair of vise grips designed to grab round items and lock them securely in place.  This is a very useful tool for securing roller tubes on Carefree of Colorado Slide Toppers.
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Silicon.  A type of spray lubricant that has been used by professional awning installers to ease the entry of new fabric into old channels.  Our CRC brand is good fit for installation as it doesn't leave behind a residue. GO TO ACCESSORY PAGE

 

 

We also have some installation kits available....Please visit our full Accessory Page HERE

 

Happy RVing


Differences between 15oz. and 18oz. fabrics June 08 2016, 1 Comment

 We receive a number of phone calls from our customers confused on the differences between our Premium 15oz. fabric and our 18oz. fabric so I will try to answer those questions.

Our 15oz. Premium laminate fabric has been with us from day one. Laminates are two pieces of fabric glued together. Its tremendous tensile strength is obvious by the close up photo comparing it to the most popular original fabric manufacturer (OEM).

 

 

More points of adhesion means it stays together better. Admittedly OEM  laminate fabrics have a bad reputation precisely because they use light inferior fabric that is known to delaminate. This is also why they are hemmed on the  edges. From the ground they look great but they just don’t  last long.  

After ten years experience with our premium 15 oz fabric in the field we simply do not have delaminating issues. The same is true for our 18 oz fabric, BUT for a very different reason.    Technically it is classified as a “coated” fabric because the production process is totally different. It is one piece…period! Not two pieces glued together.

 Literally its impossible to delaminate. Being 18oz. it obviously is heavier BUT surprisingly it is less expensive due to its simpler production process.

If you’re a customer debating on which way to go hopefully this will help. Our color choices are more expansive with our Premium fabric and currently our 18 oz fabric is available in white and sand, but shortly we will be adding more color selections. Watch our website or give us call for more information. By nature our Premium 15 oz fabric is stiffer (remember it is 2 pieces glued together) which is a positive because slide out awnings by design can turn into a wind tunnel depending on the force and direction of the wind. If you’re an experienced RV’er you may have had a beating slide out awning keep you from getting a good nights sleep.    For this reason very often we will suggest going with this fabric.   

 

On the other hand our 18 oz coated fabric handles the wind just fine, but it is not as rigid. The deciding factor for us at Tough Top Awnings is the size and depth of your slide out. The less weight you have the less  stress you have on your roller tube and spring mechanism.  Our suggestion is whenever you go over 12’ wide(or long/ however you look at it) and over 34” deep, fabric weight must be considered. For example 18oz. fabric would be fine on bedroom slide of 90” X  42” but not on a living room slide of 144” x 40”. Looking at it a different way 18oz. fabric would be fine on an  175” X  18” slide out. 

 

Remember, Consider both length and depth and if you still not sure please call Tyler at 360-980-0537.

 

Learn more and see our buying checklist here:

15oz.

http://www.toughtopawnings.com/15oz-replacement-fabric.html

 

18oz.

http://www.toughtopawnings.com/18oz-replacement-fabric.html