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Old 08-29-2012, 10:21 PM   #1
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Slide Topper Air Dam

Those who have Toppers on their slides know the frustrations of winds affecting the toppers billowing them up. Even with the slide in, the topper can and will billow out. I had removed the topper on my full wall slide when I encountered 30+ side winds while driving which billowed out the topper. I could NOT keep it in. Drove 30mph until i could get to a town to get help to remove it. The pressure on the side of the coach blows under the topper whether it is pulled in or not. I have installed an air dam under the awning roller to keep the air from blowing under the topper. I found a z shaped Hot dipped and primed flashing (Deck Header Flashing) 8 ' Long at Home Depot in the flashing department. It has legs of about 3" X 2" by 1/2". I bent a 1/2" Relief of about 1/8" down on the 3" leg to make sure it would not snag the topper fabric. Since I had the topper removed I had access to crimp the 1/2" leg over the top of the slide. I painted the side that shows black prior to installation. I had to pull it down to relieve the pressure on the roller to assure operation of the roller as the slide is retracted. I have not done the other slides yet but will probably do them too.
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Old 08-29-2012, 10:34 PM   #2
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On A&E's they have an optional anti-billow device that can be installed. I have them on both my slides covers. They must work as I've never had any trouble with them unfurling.


I've been searching for a link to it but haven't found one so far other than a small picture of in on the Camping World site.

On page 8 (HERE) they show how to install it.

According to that I installed mine wrong! They say 12:00 o'clock and mine are at 1:00.
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:03 AM   #3
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My "lock" broke off in the side wind I experienced. That will supposedly prevent billowing only when closed.
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