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Old 03-06-2007, 07:58 PM   #1
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I have a problem with rain pooling on the top of my slideout awnings on an '06 Beaver Monterey. The water is really a problem when it freezes to the awning fabric.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
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I have a problem with rain pooling on the top of my slideout awnings on an '06 Beaver Monterey. The water is really a problem when it freezes to the awning fabric.

Any ideas would be appreciated.
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Old 03-07-2007, 04:45 AM   #3
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Welcome to irv2 We're really glad to have you here as a new member and are looking forward to reading your posts about your RVing experiences and adventures. You'll find a great bunch of folks on this site who are very knowledgeable of RVing, the rigs we use, and the places we go in them. Enjoy the forums and post often, and when you want to be a official member of the Monaco forum let me know.

My awnings also have the droops. I've seen and heard about various methods to 'tent' the material so rain doesn't pool in 'em. Everything from stuffing a beachball between the material and the top of the slideout, to building a support framework out of PVC. haven't done anything yet, except get wet when they start to drain and I'm standing under one, but I like the beachball idea best - it's light, inexpensive, and best of all won't poke a hole in anything if you forget to remove it.

Someone once suggested tightening the awning springs, but unless it's waaaaay too loose to begin with I doubt that's the right solution as it would put a lot of undue stress on the material and its frame.

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Old 03-09-2007, 01:57 AM   #4
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When I quized the Carefree awning folks about this problem, they suggested that I bring the slide in a little way to allow the cover to droop and shed the water. It works!

It dosen't take more than 2-3 inches of slide movement to shed water.
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When you move the slide in 2 to 3 inches, doesn't it create an air gap around the slide since the rubber seals would not be in touch with the wall???
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I tried to move the slide in a few inches and ended up with half the water in the kitchen. As soon as the seal was moved the wind blew the water off the canvas and then unto the top of the slide. NOT A GOOD IDEA! Beach ball seems like the answer for me.

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<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Chuck & Mary:
I tried to move the slide in a few inches and ended up with half the water in the kitchen. As soon as the seal was moved the wind blew the water off the canvas and then unto the top of the slide. NOT A GOOD IDEA! Beach ball seems like the answer for me.

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Ouch! I guess I was fortunate since the water cleared the side of the slide when it dumped. I apologize for giving you bad advise.
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So are these things impossible to design well, or do I keep buying cheap coaches that don't afford one the luxury of NOT having a pool of water on the slide each time it rains?

A guy would think that there is some way to design this so that I didn't have to climb up 12 feet and stuff 4- $2 beach balls underneath just so it won't pool. PVC frame? Yea - every two weeks I need to add and remove a cheesy plastic monstrosity?

What is so difficult in the world of slide topper engineering that does not allow them to somehow figure that, in the off-chance we might use their product outside, and there is also a slight chance there may be moisture periodically, that they couldn't put their engineering brains together during the Slide-Out Topper World Conference and come up with a design that didn't need a multi-colored beach ball to make it function properly?

Whew. I feel a little better.

Maybe I need to just buy more expensive coaches? Maybe there is a price point gap that I need to jump to get toppers that don't pool. Dunno. But before I do that, I first have to go out and buy some beach balls, blow them up slightly, attach a string to them (so I can pull them out later), climb up on my roof, and shove them under the topper with my awning stick so I don't have a mesquito-infested pool on my roof.


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Hey Kev,
Sacramento mosquito vector control will gladly give you some free fish for that pond on top of your slide out
If that doesn't work to your satisfaction, Tetherballs work great and already have a rope attached so that you can pull them out when ready to hit the road.
I must admit it took some practice to be able to throw them under those toppers on the first try though.

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What if you just drop your jacks front or back to tilt MH and slides so water comes off them before pulling in the slides.
Should relevel coach before pulling in slides.
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