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Installed: new 3 window canvas

Malcolm Stebbins

Year(s): — 1991?

Model/Type: Camper serial # after

Bentley Page(s): 75.4 75.5

Symptom(s): replacing bad for some good

I checked the archives for new canvas and I found only a cryptic

I began un-screwing the rails held the canvas to the pop-top. I

One be able to wiggle the old canvas up and the top, but I didn’t. I

took the off the van as I thought that putting the new on

would be easier with the off the van and on the ground. In retrospect,

To remove the pop-top: At the front of the I un-screwed the 4

nuts/bolts that the push-up bar to the pop-top. BE CAREFUL as the

bar is spring loaded, so prior to un-screwing the 4 top

nuts/bolts, close the and use some heavy wire or (I used one

of each) to hold the bar closed (hog-tied) for when you the

weight off the push-up bar. would be like tying wrist to your

armpit to your elbow closed.

I had a choice of un-screwing the rear of the from the rear

hinges the hinges attached to the van) or the rear

hinges from the van the hinges attached to the pop-top). I

have made a mistake your choice. I un-screwing the of the pop-

top from the rear (leaving the hinges attached to the and the re-

installation was a PITA as there are 4 plastic washers that

go in behind the hinge plates the Be sure to collect these

washes during dis-assembly if you go route. Also there is

adjustment room where the fastens to the hinges and in removing

the I lost this fine It might have been to re-install

the hinges to the van, but one the risk of scratching the paint. I

about 5 minutes of help to the pop-top off the van. The van sure

funny with that bed up there.

I then had dinner and for 8 hours. Next day,

Nice sunny day and I had not much to do today. After washing the

of the pop-top (I used Clorox water) I turned the pop-top

on the grass, being careful the skylight did not rest on the

ground break). As per Ron’s directions I the middle of the

front canvas (left to right for the top and bottom) and the of the

rear canvas panel to right for the top and bottom). My pop-top has a

screw point … across the front and …-center back of the

pop-top so getting the of the canvas centred on the pop-top was

Check TWICE or you will screwing the canvas on up-side-down. Be

when screwing the canvas on, as I STRIPPED one of the plastic

nuts the electric screw-driver. I did all the remaining into the

pop-top by hand. I in the center first, then end. My new

canvas had no slack in the and it was a bit of a stretch. I did the same

for the rear center and then each I then did the same for the sides,

with ZERO slack in the it lined up perfectly. I lined up the top of

I again needed about 5 of help to lift the pop-top on the van,

being VERY that the canvas did not catch on as I only had it

held on with 12 screws.

It was easy to re-attach the push-up bar. I could remove the

straps that holding the push-up-bar elbow The rear hinges

Contrary to instructions, I started with the part of the bottom of

the canvas. I this part to look and if there was any gathering

to be done, I it to be in the rear. So I found my center and

screwed that right the center hole of the rail, the canvas under

the rail to the canvas tight. I used the screw-driver for these

metal I then worked my way out from the watching the

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