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Old 08-02-2015, 01:06 PM   #29
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Slide toppers (like main awnings) will unroll when wind gets under the leading edge of the rolled up material. The spring loaded tension that rolls it up is all that keeps it in place. The roller might be stationary, but the fabric will unroll. That is what you experienced.
Many slide toppers have an anti- billowing arm mounted on the leading edge of the roller. If wind tries to unroll the fabric, the arm contacts the side of the Rv and stops the roller from turning. If yours has one, make sure it is adjusted correctly. (Search u-tube for installation videos).

There are also locking/latching devices available for your main awing.

I had my main awing try to unroll on me on the highway. I saw the arms bending out away from the Rv in the mirror. Slowed down and it stopped. Found a Dollar General store and bought bungees. Used a bolt from my "junk", box, put it in the hole in the awning roller and bungeed it to the pole. I made a lock for the awning after we got home.

If the topper is okay, keep it!

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Old 08-06-2015, 02:18 AM   #30
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I just did two today with my son, first time for us. Save $1000 on labor based on Winnebago quote, took under two hours, one side is a long one.

X2 on ToughTops and do a YouTube search for RVgeeks, we watched the videos, made it easy. We only put the slide out 16" one person on ladder one on top

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Old 08-06-2015, 11:24 AM   #31
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I added a new topper to my motor home in spring. Slide topper was 350.00 with hardware and I installed it myself in two hours. It is very easy and straightforward

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