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Old 05-28-2012, 05:26 AM   #1
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Sagging Slide Toppers

The slide toppers on my 2012 Cedar Creek 36B4 are sagging. I'm pretty sure there is an adjustment to tighten them up, but can't find it. The owners manual is virtually worthless. Any suggestions?

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Old 05-28-2012, 06:05 AM   #2
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If they sag because of rain water, that is normal. If they are sagging on a dry day, they may be too loose. In most cases if you try to tighten them up you create onther issues with the slide as the springs are pretty strong.

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Old 05-28-2012, 07:49 AM   #3
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Its ok if they sag a little bit.
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Old 05-28-2012, 08:01 AM   #4
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I've seen folks put a small inflatable ball or two under the topper to keep it at a correct angle so the rain didn't collect, which would make the sagging worse I guess
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Old 05-28-2012, 10:00 AM   #5
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I just pull the slides in part way after a rainstorn to run the water off the slide toppers. It just drives me nuts to see them sagging full of water.
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Slidetoppers are meant only to keep debris off the top of the slideroom, not to run off the water. They will pond with water though some have enough pitch on them to shed it. You do want to empty them, as the water will stretch and wrinkle the fabric. The easiest way is, as one other poster commented, to run the rooms in and back out. This empties the water off them, and you should "exercise" the slides weekly anyway. Balls and pool noodles under the toppers work, but are labor intensive to install and take off. Do NOT try and put more tension on the toppers. The spring is stiff and if you aren't experienced with awning springs, you could get hurt. Also, if theres too much tension on them, they cause the sliderooms to not extend and retract squarely, and in extreme cases, not seal properly. Hope this helps.
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I'm from Oregon. If I ran my slides in every time it rained, I wouldn't have time for anything else.

Mine sometimes sit for weeks with snow on them, which I try to minimize by 'brooming' off -- but no problem with rain water.
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My toppers were installed with the springs too tight and the top of the slide would not touch the inside wall and seal the opening (think smoky CG fires). I had to loosen them some so the slide would seal at the top. One does pond, due to not enough slope, the others have enough and do not pond. Here is the procedure for Carefree slide toppers and Dometic slide toppers. Heed the spring warnings, you can break your wrist easily.

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