We have the Carefree Omega II combo Slide Topper and Awning. The 'combo' is because the same continues fabric rolls out to be the Slide Topper, but then uo can also pull the Awning out to shade the windows. Key her is that it is one continuous roll of fabric material to support both duties. Two slide coach. We've replaced the springs in the larger living room slide, and have set the spring tightness one full turn more then recommended then the directions show. (We did this after calling and talking with Carefree, as we were not pleased with the Topper portions performance.)
-Both toppers catch and pool water. With the Awning out, water pooling is dramatically less.
-Topper flapping around in the wind. Even winds as low as 8-12MPH will result in the Topper buffeting and making noise. (Scared the dickens out of our dog. And if the dog is scared, DW is not happy!)
-With Awning out, though we do get less water pooling, we then get more wind noise. (Pretty normal, as other coaches with window Awnings can make some noise in the wind too.) (And again, I'm referring to what I consider relatively low winds of 8-12MPH. Sure understand that winds of 20, 25, 30+ MPH - are going to make some noise all around the coach
-With the Awning in, which we do when forecasts show winds of 15MPH or above, we have had gusts partially reverse unroll the awing fabric, allowing the Topper portion to billow up. The most I've seen, is about a 8-10" reverse unrolling of the awning Fabric, extending the Topper that much.
-At times of forecasts of winds above 15-20MPH, I'll toss a rope up over the awning (Front to rear of the coach.). Straddle rope down the middle of the slides roof Topper, and then secure it with a large rubber twisty with about 3" or so of downward tension on the Topper material. (This deflects the toppers ends, down enough to both help on water run off, and also handle higher winds without as much noise.) Oh, and using my ladder, I do run about a 8" piece of pipe insulation where the rope/line goes over the edges of the Topper material.)
OK, so that was the background. And repeat of the many times Toppers have been info shared by many in previous threads.
But now, I'm wanting opinions on what brands of Toppers, Window Awnings and or Combo Toppers/Window Awnings you may have had good success with? And if possible, the specifics of the models within the brands.
We're planning to replace out next to useless large passenger side Carefree Mirage Awning, when we get the coach painted. (Can not adjust the angle to do much. So pretty useless in the afternoon suns. And, again major water pooling, until the arms 'break away' and dump several gallons of waters on anyone below
!). We've been budgeting for a coach paint job in 2018, and will do the Main Awning changeover at that time. To allow any patching of holes, before the paint job.
Thinking I might just do the same thing for the Topper and Slide Window Awnings at the same time.
Note: The little window awing only over our non slide side of the bedroom - does work great. Very stable in pretty good winds. Like the metal casing that covers it and protects it from winds as we drive down the road. So Carefree got that one right
Appreciate any feedback and opinions. Mostly concentrating on the Topper and Window Awnings at this time, but, welcome thoughts on the Main Awing too. Not hung up on it being Electric or Manual. Our old Bounder's A+E (Think the 7000(?) series manual awning, with metal casing cover too - was not a PITA to extend, and had infinite adjustment capability, and could be tied down to assist in moderate wind conditions. So KISS manual for the Main Awning would for sure be considered too...
Best to all, as always - long winded Smitty