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Old 04-07-2013, 02:13 PM   #1
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How windy is too windy for slide topper awnings?

I live on top of a hill and we live with winds all the time. I like to leave my slides open, but get concerned that my slide topper awnings will tear. Today we had 15 to 20 mph winds, so I closed them... Can I get some advise on what they are generally rated to handle? Thanks
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Old 04-07-2013, 02:19 PM   #2
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What I did was fabricate some triangle wedges out of foam insulation board and made them the length of the slide topper. I wedge them in the center of the topper and wind does not make the topper flap
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Trackman has the right idea. An additional suggestion is then adding a post-it next to the extension control box reminding you to remove whatever is up there before bringing the extensions back in!.

One other idea, if you can't find triangular foam. You only need the ends blocked...a pair of outdoor pillows (with a string attached to easily pull them out), or even re-purposing any packing materials you've received (cut down and spray painted makes them "disappear") may be worth exploring.

Just a thought.

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Old 04-07-2013, 07:22 PM   #4
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Good ideas.
I have a problem visualizing, so would you post a photo of your solution?

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Old 04-07-2013, 07:39 PM   #5
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Larry:

The foam board is cut and fitted to fill up the space between the slide and the topper... somewhat like you are putting a skirting board up there. I gather the idea is to block the wind from passing through that area and making the topper flap. A good idea in my opinion.
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I too have a bit of a problem visualizing... so would you post a photo of your solution? I get the idea... block the wind that flows between the topper and the slide... but it would seem that with all the slides out there, there would be a product on the market that deals with this issue...

Still haven't heard at what point you pull the slides in... I plan to do some oceanfront camping... on shore winds most of the time... Does everybody have these home made solutions?
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We are currently in SoCal and with the Santa Anna winds here I have Thom put the awnings up at about 40-50 mph. It really all depends on what you are comfortable with.
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I think the direction of the wind is at least as important as the strength. A few years ago we were in a Northern California winter storm and it blew out slide topper out to the point where it needed to be removed and rewound. Didn't tear but was a real pain. Those winds were around 40 mph.

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The first time you think to yourself, "maybe I should bring the slides in"...that's when to do it.
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It's not only the wind. I had a small (1 inch diameter) tree branch put a hole in mine when it fell from a tree.
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My solution

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What I did was fabricate some triangle wedges out of foam insulation board and made them the length of the slide topper. I wedge them in the center of the topper and wind does not make the topper flap
I bought some very cheap tether balls on eBay. When I'm ready to run the slides in I just pull the ropes. I've never worried about the wind, but rain pools on the slide toppers even after I replaced them.

The label over the slide controls says 'Balls?' To remind me.

15-20 is barely a stiff breeze around here. SF Bay Area.
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Should a could a.. While camping at Cheyenne Mountian State Park in Colorado Springs, a storm came up. Not real windy, soon the hail started. Did not damage my toppers, but did crack one of the AC covers. Neighbor had an older Class A, and his toppers looked like swiss cheese. Next time, I'll bring 'em in if hail is a commin'.
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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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Another great idea!

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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.
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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