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Old 11-11-2015, 04:43 AM   #1
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Slide topper water pooling

We picked up a new Mirada last month with two slides. Both are Carefree of C.

In the previous 18 hours we had 3/4 to over an inch of steady rain. I noticed the awnings were sagging on the end do I slowly pulled the slides in and had a localized Niagara Falls event.

We never had this problem with our other MH. But it had shorter slides

Anyone experience this? Are the slides too long or maybe too loose? The MH was parked on our driveway with the levelers down and it was perfectly level. I checked with my level in multiple places because we just had our dealer recalibrate the system.

Thanks for your help.

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I'm thinking about putting some swimming "noodles" between the slide & the topper, on mine, to elevate it enough to let the water run off. May even have to stack some up to get high enough to create a gentle grade for the water to run.
If it takes more than one to get proper distance from end to end, it may be prudent to not let them stick out the ends. Water may follow the noodle back up underneath the awning & pool on the slide.

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Old 11-11-2015, 05:49 AM   #3
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My previous coach did that. Before pulling in the slides, I got on the roof and swept the water off the slides.
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Common problem with most/many slide toppers. Manufacturers have built the slide rooms so that you have higher ceilings so there is too little gradient from the topper attachment on the coach and the roller on the slide. My coach has the Carefree Summit system which has a center bar that raises up when the slide goes out, putting a peak in the middle of the topper. Even with that, water pools between the peak and the coach wall.

Some of the high end class A's have the roller mounted high on the coach wall so the topper deploys like a window shade. That keeps the roller assembly up and out of the way so water will run off.

I've seen pool noodles, beach balls, etc, stuffed under slide toppers. I am always very careful when I bring my slides in after a rain. I stop them halfway in and let the water drain off so it does not end up in the coach.
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Old 11-11-2015, 05:59 AM   #5
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YUP--fairly common problem with longer toppers--unless the rig manufacturer/ installer allows for significant slope, water starts to collect, the toppers sag in the middle, and more and more water collects. Tightening the topper springs doesnt work as it is a design issue for longer toppers to sag in the middle. Noodles or other inflatables are a possibility but what a pain to place and remove each time you stop--PS--then dont forget to remove them or bad things will happen [smile]......
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YUP PS--then dont forget to remove them or bad things will happen [smile]......
Yeah, thought about that too.
I ALWAYS do a "walk-around", looking up and down, all over the coach before retracting the slides, or jacks. Even if just in the Wal Mart parking lot overnight.
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My previous coach did that. Before pulling in the slides, I got on the roof and swept the water off the slides.

My coach does the same and I sweep them off as well. Kind of a pain, but better then water in the coach under the slide where you can't dry it off.
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Pretty common with almost any of the larger slides. I've tried inflatable pool floats to prop up the center, and that's OK for longer term stays, but mostly we just let the water cascade off when bringing the slide in.
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Here's a link to an iRV2 thread for a modification that can be made for some topper mounting brackets to, among other effects, increase the pitch of the topper. Some posts in the thread also imply that Carefree may offer some parts for this purpose.

As you have a different coach and possibly a different topper model, this information may not apply.

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This was my solution!

Slide Topper Awning Support

One more thing. If your awning is long then you will need to make two shorter supports, putting one in each end of the slideout. Otherwise you will have too much sag in the middle, even with the 1/2" EMT pipe inside!

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