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Old 09-26-2006, 05:34 AM   #1
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Last Nov. during a major (at least for me)Yakima maintence visit; one item fixed was a cronic leak in the kitchen slide area. WRV adjusted the rear of the large slide up 1/4" and tightened the top awning. This (along with several months in a semi-arid climate)seemed to correct the problem of recurruring dish rinsing. Now during a visit to SLC (family emerg) we have encounted several rain storms of medium to hvy pours. The three other slide tops perform as designed keeping the metal top of slide dry, while some water is retained in the awning itself. However the fourth (kitchen) slide has a standing pool under the awning; luckily the water has not entered the coach. I do have to go to the roof and use a long handled squeege to pull it out. No water appears to drip through the material and the awning extends over both ends of the slide top. Has anyone else found a drain problem with their awning topper?
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Last Nov. during a major (at least for me)Yakima maintence visit; one item fixed was a cronic leak in the kitchen slide area. WRV adjusted the rear of the large slide up 1/4" and tightened the top awning. This (along with several months in a semi-arid climate)seemed to correct the problem of recurruring dish rinsing. Now during a visit to SLC (family emerg) we have encounted several rain storms of medium to hvy pours. The three other slide tops perform as designed keeping the metal top of slide dry, while some water is retained in the awning itself. However the fourth (kitchen) slide has a standing pool under the awning; luckily the water has not entered the coach. I do have to go to the roof and use a long handled squeege to pull it out. No water appears to drip through the material and the awning extends over both ends of the slide top. Has anyone else found a drain problem with their awning topper?
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Old 09-26-2006, 06:17 AM   #3
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I have been told by several RV "experts" that the slide toppers are not designed to keep water off the top of the slideouts... probably because they don't. After a heavy rain, we have water on the top of the slides, but because they are canted out, no water gets in the coach. I get up there and squeegie it off before bringing the slides in. I also have to squeegie the sides of the slides since the water runs down the sides after the slides are brought in. Maybe it's the direction of the rain, but sometimes there is more water than others. It's one of those things we've learned to live with.
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Old 09-27-2006, 08:08 AM   #4
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We've had this problem - usually try to make sure the nose is just slightly down when we level so it will run off. I ran across a wedge designed specifically for slide toppers: Awning Air Wedge - looks like it might be a possible solution.
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Old 10-11-2006, 11:18 AM   #5
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I have same problem. The slide topper leaks through the metal cover badly. I understand some do not. (I heard we got the ones missing rubber between slats.)
Western made the room boxed with aluminum around the top so it holds 1/8 inch of water. Then it seeps into the coach by way of ill fitting joints at corners. For now I have filed a 1" spillway on each outside end to release water. Also just noticed the 06 I saw in Nashville has remedied the problem by not placing the aluminum strip over the top edge at each end. Only took them eight years! Wonder what all the warranty work cost them.
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Old 10-12-2006, 04:31 PM   #6
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Could you drill some drain holes in the aluminum lip at each low corner to solve the water build up problem?
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Old 10-13-2006, 06:24 PM   #7
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Don't see enough room for holes. Would be afraid they would glog.
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Old 10-14-2006, 08:18 PM   #8
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Barbara & David - Those Awning Air Wedges look great - but for $40 couldn't you just use those "pool toy styro ropes" to do the same thing?

We have found the slide topper on the living room slide just is not long enough to keep the water from coming underneath. Before we retract it after a rain we first adjust the coach levelers (pull the left front jack up) so that we have a forward pitch to drain the water and then slowly retract it.

We may not be able to do that with the new Apex because the big slide does not retract correctly even when it is level.
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Old 10-15-2006, 11:13 AM   #9
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Easiest solution is to drill a hole in the slide roof directly over the sink.
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Old 10-16-2006, 03:58 PM   #10
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WELL NOW, I COULD HAVE FIGURED THAT OUT WITHOUT CONSULTING AN ENGINEER!
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E Mike, with solutions like that your debugging should be completed!
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Emike, what a brilliant Idea, now all we need is for Vagabond man to come up with a trick means of routing the water through the RO system.
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