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Old 04-09-2013, 10:40 AM   #15
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Another suggestion that works for us is pretty simple. Throw a nylon cord over slide top and secure on bottom of slide out. With line in the center, cover is collapsed and secured from wind and still functions when it rains. Dallas tested.
That's the method we used in spring in New Mexico...talk about a lot of wind! Tying the toppers down did the trick for most of our stay.
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Old 04-09-2013, 11:32 AM   #16
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The age of the toppers will change the when formula. Old and brittle toppers will not have the flex that new ones do. I never worry until anything above 30. Then I bring them in (if I think about it). I have seen those with the ropes thrown over and tied down around the bottom of the slide and think this idea is the most workable. However, I have also seen those that use a flat strap that is about 3/4" wide and like that even better. It seems to me that the strap would be less likely to rub or tear the topper.
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Another suggestion that works for us is pretty simple. Throw a nylon cord over slide top and secure on bottom of slide out. With line in the center, cover is collapsed and secured from wind and still functions when it rains. Dallas tested.
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Thanks! I'm going to try it. Easy to install & remove and it probably won't damage the slide if you 'forget'.

Does it help with pooling?
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That's the method we used in spring in New Mexico...talk about a lot of wind! Tying the toppers down did the trick for most of our stay.
The quotes are the quickest way to tear your topper. Example: take a piece of paper and fold it in half. Then, take a narrow string or strong thread and place it between the folds. Hold the paper flat, folder, with the string inside and pull on the string. It will tear through the paper like butter.

The same thing will happen if you use a rope, cord or anything that is real narrow. Where it comes down of the edge of the topper will soon start to tear from teh pulling of the cord against the fabric.

So, here is an alternative and what was suggested to me and I did this while at Corpus Christi, TX, (always windy) was to find a 4 inch wide strap. I made the strap long enough to drape over each end of the slide by 3 feet. I purchased some grommets at Academy, folder the end of the 4 inch strap into a triangle for reinforcement and put a grommet in each of the ends. I also purchased some of those stakes that have a spring on them and you have to wind into the ground. I placed a rope on that spring and into the grommet on the strap. Pull the rope until the strap is snug, but not overly tight. There will be enough play in the spring on the stake to allow the strap some "give." This procedure is one of the tips in the 101 tech tips for RV'ing, don't remember which volume.

Happy trails.
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The quotes are the quickest way to tear your topper. Example: take a piece of paper and fold it in half. Then, take a narrow string or strong thread and place it between the folds. Hold the paper flat, folder, with the string inside and pull on the string. It will tear through the paper like butter.

The same thing will happen if you use a rope, cord or anything that is real narrow. Where it comes down of the edge of the topper will soon start to tear from teh pulling of the cord against the fabric.

So, here is an alternative and what was suggested to me and I did this while at Corpus Christi, TX, (always windy) was to find a 4 inch wide strap. I made the strap long enough to drape over each end of the slide by 3 feet. I purchased some grommets at Academy, folder the end of the 4 inch strap into a triangle for reinforcement and put a grommet in each of the ends. I also purchased some of those stakes that have a spring on them and you have to wind into the ground. I placed a rope on that spring and into the grommet on the strap. Pull the rope until the strap is snug, but not overly tight. There will be enough play in the spring on the stake to allow the strap some "give." This procedure is one of the tips in the 101 tech tips for RV'ing, don't remember which volume.

Happy trails.
Well Wayne--you seem to have the answer. Again, the suggested procedure worked for me. If I were going to Homestead with my slides out, I
would find a more permanent solution.
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Well, we found out on Monday that winds about 50 mph from the side will try to unfurl the slide toppers when you're driving! We had to call an end to our day at 11am because the winds in southern California were so high. The slide toppers were fine with the slides out once we got set up in the handy campground, but they were flapping like crazy while we were driving!
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Well, we found out on Monday that winds about 50 mph from the side will try to unfurl the slide toppers when you're driving! We had to call an end to our day at 11am because the winds in southern California were so high. The slide toppers were fine with the slides out once we got set up in the handy campground, but they were flapping like crazy while we were driving!
You need an anti billow device. Figure 16 here.
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You need an anti billow device. Figure 16 here.
It came with the unit - what i need is to get off the road when the winds are that high...
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It came with the unit - what i need is to get off the road when the winds are that high...
Same here. I experienced that in NM. No matter how loud I yelled at the slide toppers , they kept on unfurling.
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Same here. I experienced that in NM. No matter how loud I yelled at the slide toppers , they kept on unfurling.
Hehe, you may be right. My topper had been replaced and they didn't put the anti billow on, tsk. I installed it later after an event like being discussed. The adjustment, so it works, is critical. As the topper stretches it will become non functional, hence the unfurling. Just a thought, FWIW.
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