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Old 03-25-2005, 09:15 AM   #1
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I'm going to put on a new main slide topper from Carefree called the Slideout Summit. My choices are Vinyl or Acrylic. My reason for doing this is because the current topper pools water and causes the metal wrap cover to jam when the slide is being closed. I'd appreciate any input on the selection of materials.
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Old 03-25-2005, 09:15 AM   #2
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I'm going to put on a new main slide topper from Carefree called the Slideout Summit. My choices are Vinyl or Acrylic. My reason for doing this is because the current topper pools water and causes the metal wrap cover to jam when the slide is being closed. I'd appreciate any input on the selection of materials.
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Old 03-25-2005, 09:22 AM   #3
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Try the iRV2 RV Forum (link @ top of this page) & scroll down to "Slide-In" problems forum. Lotsa threads ther & maybe this is addressed.
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Old 03-25-2005, 12:16 PM   #4
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I too have been looking at the issue of pooling water on the main slide topper. I have noticed that the toppers on my other 3 slides don't pool. The reason is they have the upper rail attached to the roof giving it a better drain angle. I am considering putting an awning rail on the curved area of the roof for this topper. This would eliminate pooling, one issue I see with this solution is the metal wrap doesn't fully cover the awning when stowed on the other 3 slides.

Late 05's have a topper version similar to the Summit.
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Old 03-25-2005, 06:48 PM   #5
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Be careful! I was in Bakersfield when a rain storm hit the RV park. There were two new RV's parked next to me, a Beaver and a Monaco. Both were 40 ft+ and the Monaco had a tag. Nice rigs! They also both had Carefree awnings, the ones that cover the slide and then can come down to shade the windows. Neither could get them in without going out on a step ladder in the rain and manually roll them up as someone inside the coach inched the slides in. I don't know what models they had but I don't ever have to go through what they went through.
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Old 03-29-2005, 02:31 PM   #6
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We had the same problem on the front room slide when there was a lot of water on top. Once we had the factory adjust the tension on the slide topper we have not had a problem since.

One thing we also try to do is if there has been a lot of rain we will pull the slide in part way and let the water drain off, put it back out and bring it all the way in. If there is a lot of water weight on the top, the slide will come in level.
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Old 07-05-2005, 06:21 AM   #7
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Chris Cross, did you ever install the Summit? I'm tired of the water pooling issue. I am considering a Summit for the front drivers side slide. I also talked to WRV service and was told it would be ok to put the rail on the roof cap to give it a drain angle more like my other 3 slides. Although they were somewhat concerned by the length of the topper and stress on the roof cap. Not sure what the right solution is.
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Old 07-07-2005, 03:01 PM   #8
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Wayne: What a nightmare. Seven hours after the installation of the Summit began, the service manager asked me to come in to the service bay. "you need to take a look at this" Up the ladder and the top of the Summit has two protuberances that push the material at least 1" up. This is caused by the Summit mechanism where it's attached to the coach just below the rail.(this explanation confuses me but I can't think of another way to describe it) The manager allowed that it probably wouldn't wear through for a number of years.
No good, I said take it off and replace the A&E topper. "Problem", he said. The mounting brackets for the Summit left the A&E bracket holes exposed so they cut the brackets in half and remounted them under the Summit brackets. (cosmetic decision)
8 1/2 hours later I left with a new Summit awning with no mechanism to make it peak.
It seemed like such a good idea at the time. The situation was compounded by the fact that this dealer had never installed a Summit before. It was a special order because of the hardware color and they knew it was going on an Alpine Coach.
I guess you could say I have a flat Summit.
Hope this helps.
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Old 07-07-2005, 03:32 PM   #9
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I was afraid that would be the case, it didn't look like there was enough room for the mechanism. No Mt St Helens version of the Summit for me. I guess I will try re-tensioning mine like the Greene's did. If that doesn't work then I will move the awning rail to the roof cap.
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Question for Gary Sweet or WRVACEMP: Wayne Routhier wrote:<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">I also talked to WRV service and was told it would be ok to put the rail on the roof cap to give it a drain angle more like my other 3 slides. Although they were somewhat concerned by the length of the topper and stress on the roof cap. Not sure what the right solution is. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

I am interested in adding the awning rail above the current one to increase the slope so the water will run off the driver side slide front. Can anyone tell me the pro's or con's abouit doing this on the long slide.

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