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Old 09-06-2015, 05:47 PM   #1
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Slide awning fills with water

The main slide out awning on my 2014 Excursion always fills with water when it rains. The first time I pulled the slide in after a rainstorm this wall of water rolled down the slide out window and really startled me. I thought I'd somehow cut a water line or a hose and ran outside where I figured out what was going on. The water doesn't seem to be hurting anything, but I'd think this shouldn't be happening if the tension on the awning was correct.

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Old 09-06-2015, 06:01 PM   #2
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The main slide out awning on my 2014 Excursion always fills with water when it rains. The first time I pulled the slide in after a rainstorm this wall of water rolled down the slide out window and really startled me. I thought I'd somehow cut a water line or a hose and ran outside where I figured out what was going on. The water doesn't seem to be hurting anything, but I'd think this shouldn't be happening if the tension on the awning was correct.

Any thoughts?
The only problem is when they fill with water the fabric will stretch then it will sag in the middle, how do i know. Got my coach used and mine drops about 2" in the middle with no water. Time for a new topper.
Take it in and have the tension taken up or if you know how do it yourself.
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Old 09-06-2015, 06:40 PM   #3
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Today we had a severe storm and the camp site over from us had his awning arm break from the weight of rain water on his awning. His awning rest on his slide out. He did not have the arm that allows the awning to drop on one side when the rain makes it to heavy.
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Old 09-06-2015, 07:14 PM   #4
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When we have our coach level and heavy rain falls, water accumulates on the long 16' living room topper. Heavy rain means I need to lower the driver's side and maybe adjust front/rear level to drain the water build up. Maybe I'm masking a problem but it works for us.
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You need a slide topper lift/support. It's on my list to make.

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I always level manually, and when too level, front to back, I get water build up too. Best to leave the front down a little, then it runs off.
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You can use your levelers to lower or raise the front of the coach; you can stuff swim noodles under the topper to raise it up; you can get on the roof with a broom and sweep it off; you can make a special broom out of a painter's pole and a broom to sweep them off from the ground; you can . . .

Lots of ways to do this - just use your imagination.
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I have good luck with the blow up swim noddle's. I can slide them in under the slide awning and they tent up the middle of the awning, similar to what "Crankshaft" did.
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The main slide out awning on my 2014 Excursion always fills with water when it rains. The first time I pulled the slide in after a rainstorm this wall of water rolled down the slide out window and really startled me. I thought I'd somehow cut a water line or a hose and ran outside where I figured out what was going on. The water doesn't seem to be hurting anything, but I'd think this shouldn't be happening if the tension on the awning was correct.

Any thoughts?

I had that problem too. Below is what I did.

Good luck, happy trails, and God bless!

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