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Old 10-08-2011, 10:44 AM   #1
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topper required on slide?

On My 06 Mtn Aire 4309, which is 4 slides, there is no topper on the door slide front slide. There is a Girard awning just above which I rarely use. I have not had any problems on very rainy days but just wondering why this is the only slide-out without one?? I know the top of the slide is angled towards the outside but is this good enough??
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There is no topper because the awning is supposed to serve that function...but I wish I had a topper because in windy rainy weather, you CAN get water coming in that slideout without the awning out...I leave my awning out a little to cover the slideout but with the wind, it wont stay out for long...I think Newmar cut a corner in the wrong place by leaving the topper out here...
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Old 10-08-2011, 04:01 PM   #3
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I bet the girard woulda hit the topper if it was there.
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Old 10-08-2011, 04:04 PM   #4
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footdoc, do you have a Girard?
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You just put the Girard out far enough to fit over the slide( I think) Is kinda dumb. I hardly ever use the awning.06' Essex
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Dumb or not, I put the main awning out enough to cover the slide and then a bit more. Been doing this since I got the coach. Covering the slide does wonders for keeping the temp down in the summer heat. If it is windy, I turn off the auto retract feature. The awning is not out far enough to suffer any damage. I have been in some very windy weather.
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I beleive the reason for no slideout awning is the slideout room is too high to have room for both, from what I could see when we we;re recently looking as DSDP, I may be wrong, but it sure looked like there wasn't enough room to have both. Prefer the extra cabinet height on the kitchen side slide.


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DBeauchamp,

On my '05 MADP 4304, there is no room on the top of the slide for 2 awnings. I have not had any problems, but sweep the top of the slide before retracting.

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I have a slide topper and a awning on the off door side. Plenty of room on my Essex.
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Old 10-11-2011, 06:47 AM   #10
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Yes, I have toppers on the other 3 slides also but no awning on the off door side. It's the slide on the door side (front) that has no topper. There is a Girard awning above it and it seems high enough that there would be room for a topper. I am visiting the dealer shortly and plan to ask.. Was just wondering if anybody else did anything about this?
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Next time you see a right front slide with a topper and awning above topper you will see that big awning is on a brace and up a few inches so topper will fit..see Winni and Allegros...Newmar has opted no to do that...not sure brightest move..I do as GaryKD.
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I DO have the Girard and it probably would clear a slide topper
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