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Old 04-13-2017, 06:39 PM   #1
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Full Slide Awning danger

Experienced a storm that I thought would rip the awning from my drivers side full awning. Even moderate wind lift it like a kite, the movement and noise is frightening, what are you guys doing about this?

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Old 04-13-2017, 06:52 PM   #2
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In a storm or in strong wind always retract it.

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Old 04-13-2017, 07:08 PM   #3
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Does the awning not have a wind sensor or vibratiion sensor?
That may not help with a sudden gust of strong wind but those don't happen that often without at least some lower velocity build up.
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I think he is talking about the slide topper awning over his full wall slide, not the patio awning.
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Old 04-13-2017, 08:33 PM   #5
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I have seen people throw a strap or rope over them lengthwise and tie them down in windy weather.
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Usually happens in the side to the wind. I pull that slide in. On both my previous and current coach when pulling in the slide the topper may not fully retract, instead remaining partially billowed in the wind. Soonest the wind abates to where the spring can overcome the wind the topper then retracts.
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Old 04-15-2017, 06:10 AM   #7
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I too have seen ropes thrown over the slide topper awning however has anyone tried weights on either end to keep most air from lifting each end? seems like a couple bricks maybe wrapped in duc tape would do the job. Any thoughts on that?
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Old 04-15-2017, 07:53 AM   #8
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I pull mine in if a bad storm is coming. Not worth potential damage.
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I laughd when guy in so texas PUT BEACH BALLS under each end of slide topper he said wife does not like flapping noise disrupts tv,

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Old 04-15-2017, 01:21 PM   #10
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Experienced a storm that I thought would rip the awning from my drivers side full awning. Even moderate wind lift it like a kite, the movement and noise is frightening, what are you guys doing about this?
Never leave the RV with awning out. Don't leave it out at night if there is ANY chance of WX.
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We have a traveler with us that really is nervous when the slide toppers start making flapping noises in the wind. (Our dawg!) So I'm one of the guys you see tossing ropes over the toppers to cinch them down a bit in moderate winds.

And one safety tip. I have one set quickly attached to the underneath slide arms with some of those 18" big rubberized twist'ies. I did not want to need to bring the slide in quickly in a storm front moving in, and need to undo knots to remove the line. Takes me all of 10 seconds to unhook and start pulling the line off. The one time we had to do so quickly (Another weather app alert, plus it was daylight and we could see the dark sky heading out way.), the wife was bringing the front slide in as I was removing the rear's line.

On this storm front blowing thru, I watched a Winnebago's slide topper/window awning combination (With the window awning not extended.) repeatedly unwind the awning the wrong way, with the slide topper really taking a beating. (This was outside of Custer State Park, and the couple had gone off for a day trip.) Their poor dog was seen up on the dashboard, he was too spooked by the noise. As well as the hail too.

For us, in heavy winds/gusty storms, the front big deep slide coms in. The rear with line over it, usually handles storms pretty well.

We've brought the rear in another time just before a microcell burst (Front was already in...). The Weatherbug and Weather.com apps alarms both came on within 15 seconds of each other. 1:45AM. We could see the storm coming at us on radar's future cast. And opening the front shade, we could see the lightening show heading our way over the Missouri River (We were 10-15 miles South of Bismarck, ND.). So brought the rear slide in. Went out and unplugged the coach form the power pole. And we then road out a very bumpy/loud/hail bursting-rain showering 15-20 minutes. Many trees knocked down, and a fiver at close by campground was tipped on it's side. Two gents that were riding bikes along the Missouri Trail, were sleeping in one men tents. One of them was picked up and tossed inside of his tent, about 10-15' into the air. Hitting the branch of a tree. He was not hurt, but sure shaken up... We left out car open for them to sleep in the recliner seats. And also left the coach door open for them too, and told them to please come into the coach when the next front came thru in about 60-75 minutes. The spent about two hours in the car, but the next front was plenty tame in comparison. Next day as they were heading gout on their bicycles, they said they were going to splurge and spend the night at a hotel in Bismarck!

Back to side toppers. I do use a 1/4" soft nylon line, and have it only pulled down on the side edges by maybe a 3" or so depression. On the rear bedroom smaller slide, this keep water from pooling. And it also helps on the front, reducing the polling of rain water quite a bit. I keep inspecting the slide topper fabric for any signs of wear (none so far in about two years), and may shift to a wider strapping fabric material in the future, probably a 1" if I make this change.

Everyone seems to come up with what works for them on these sorts of things. And learn from each other... which I appreciate it!

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I bring the slides in when the wind picks up. I also bring them in when we are planning to be gone for the day. Takes me like 5 minutes and removes any concern over wind/hail or other weather events while away.
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Old 04-15-2017, 10:59 PM   #13
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I have listened to mine banging away during many a storm. I have thought to bring in the slide on a couple occasions but never have. Even through the worst of storms, absolutely no damage to the slide topper material. By the sounds of things, you think it was going to be torn off but when you consider it is cushioned by it being spring loaded, I don't see much chance of damage.

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