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Old 07-28-2015, 08:13 PM   #1
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Slide Awnings

We've been through some good storms, never any problems. We just had an incredible micro burst West of us and the result was a straight line wind like I've never experienced, lasting about 90 seconds. My awnings (that cover the slide roof on each side) were flapping all over the place fully extended from the rollers. After the wind stopped they retracted tight again but both have ripped away from where they attach above the slide (opposite attachment point from roller) one is ripped two feet the other only about six inches but I'm sure they both need to be replaced.

No one around us pulled their slides in, is that a recommended practice? Like I said we've never ever experienced this type of wind. Some had their big awnings out and most have ripped, some arms look bent.

Recommend insurance route or handle this myself?
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There is usually enough material on the roller to almost cover the slide a second time. Do a little Google research on your slide topper mechanism so that you can remove the topper canvas. An upholstery shop can resew the edge that attaches to the motorhome. After it's sewn you can reinstall it.
If you replace the toppers I recommend Stone Vos (Chris) in Brooksville, FL. A movile repair guy can oinstall them for you. He makes the best.
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I second Stone Voss! Chris is great and his product is top shelf!
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I've used Tough Tops for new awning material, perfect fit and much heavier than the OEM ones.
Also helped a friend with his and he used the Stone Voss ones. Also fit perfect and were heavier.
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Old 07-28-2015, 09:30 PM   #5
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I reached out to both Tough Tops, I've seen them on RVGeeks and also Vos. I would consider "fixing" it, but they are original 2008.

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Stone Vos material is great, and so is Chris the owner. He is very willing to help you via phone with the install.
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As to precautionary "sucking" in the room extensions, we have always retracted the extensions when bad weather/high winds are expected. That gives the wind that much less area to act on. If real bad stuff is expected and you have the time, unhook if necessary and point the rear end of the MH toward the direction of the oncoming wind and protect the windshield. I saw that recommendation on a post several years ago and it sounded prudent.
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Stone Voss made new fabric for my four window awnings and the patio awning back in march. Measured my toppers but couldn't get them made before we left, we'll have them installed October on the way to the Keys. Chris has nine colors for toppers, I'll be doing a color change from black to sand for cooler temps.
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If I know a storm is coming with high winds, I pull the slides in. Only did it once, in NM.
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There is usually enough material on the roller to almost cover the slide a second time. Do a little Google research on your slide topper mechanism so that you can remove the topper canvas. An upholstery shop can resew the edge that attaches to the motorhome. After it's sewn you can reinstall it.
If you replace the toppers I recommend Stone Vos (Chris) in Brooksville, FL. A movile repair guy can oinstall them for you. He makes the best.

Totally agree!
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Old 07-30-2015, 11:00 PM   #11
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I ordered two Tough Top Awnings.

I sent an email to both Tough Top Awnings and Stone Vos, Tough Top got right back to me with measurement instructions. I sent the measurements and a few photos, talked on the phone and I placed the order. Tyler promised full telephone support if needed and also noticed I was missing an anti-billow part on my passenger side and told me how to get one ordered from A&E.

I'm sorry to say I never heard back from Stone Vos.

I had a question about filing an insurance claim but the price is way less than my deductible so question answered.

I'll update once the job is done. Thank you for all who replied.
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Old 08-04-2015, 10:16 PM   #12
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I'm happy to say that Chris from Stone Vos called me, I'm sad to say his delayed response was due to flooding in his area causing communication/work problems. Very nice of him to respond and I wish him well getting dried out.
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Chris supplied mine 2 yrs ago, couldn't be more happy, replaced all three toppers.

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Slide awnings arrived, my son and replaced both, took about 1 1/2 hours.

Now we have patio mats, the old ones will work as a mat, I laid them end to end and they almost run along the length of the coach.
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