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Old 05-16-2013, 08:49 PM   #1
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slide toppers in the wind

Hi all,

I've seen a number of owners use some 1" water pipe and make a "tie down" of sorts by having a piece of pipe that spans the length and a couple of 90's, one on each end. Then a rope through the pipe and tied down below the slide. It looked like the rope is just tied around the slide.

It creates a vee trough for water to drain quickly and not pool on the slide and also appears to hold down the slide down in gusty wind conditions.

Seems to be a good idea, any pros or cons?
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Old 05-16-2013, 11:28 PM   #2
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Whatever you use make sure it is not thin. Consider a piece of paper and a small string stronger than thread. Fold the paper in half, put the string in the fold. Anchor one end of the string and the opposite corner of the paper then pull the string. It will cut through the paper like butter.

Basketballs, beach balls, and other items have been used. What I did was get a 4" wide piece of tie-down material. You can find this in most truck stops as the belts the truckers use to cinch down their cargo. Then I purchased some grommets that I could install myself. I made the length of the cargo strap 6 feet longer than the slide topper. That gives me 3 feet on each side. I folder the ends into a "V" and put a grommet through the "V." I then tied rope on the grommet end and put it into a stake in the ground that had a tension spring on it. The spring give some play and the rope can be tightened to whatever strength you wish. Just don't over do it.

Anyhow, that's what I do. You could probably use bungee cords at the ground stake area or even the grommet end of the cargo strap.

Happy trails.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:54 AM   #3
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PVC pipe covered with noodles or pipe insulation adds cushion on top of the topper.
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How about driving in the wind .On Tuesday it blew so hard that the topper would unroll and flap on the roof . I stopped and tied it to the hooked a rope on a bolt on the end and tied the other end to the grab handle for climbing in .That stopped it for the trip home .I haven't looked at it since to fix it .
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Personally I think they're more trouble than there worth. I don't have slide toppers on our DSDP and don't miss them at all. We've been full timing for 3yrs. now and have seen no need to have them.
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How about driving in the wind .On Tuesday it blew so hard that the topper would unroll and flap on the roof . I stopped and tied it to the hooked a rope on a bolt on the end and tied the other end to the grab handle for climbing in .That stopped it for the trip home .I haven't looked at it since to fix it .
They are not supposed to do that. There is an "Awning stopper" on the end of the awning. It is a little tab that sticks out. It is supposed to let the awning move just an inch or so then that tab hits the "stop" and it will not billow out further. I'm not sure if a 1999 model had that, but it would be worth looking into.

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My slide awnings have "billow locks" that lock the tube if the fabric billows. I think that's probably what Wayne is referring to. Of course, that's just for when you are driving down the road. I don't use anything to keep them from flapping when parked.

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Yeah! That's them. Anti-billowing device(s).

About $14 at RV store (depending on their markup). You also need the "stop" that attaches to the shell of the RV, otherwise it will just hit the shell.
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I was looking at mine yesterday .It does have the awning stop ,but the rubber end is worn threw so it misses the stopper .I will have to look for a new one next week .
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