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Old 01-16-2018, 04:20 PM   #1
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Slide out Awnings

After we purchased our Coachmen Freedom Express (231)travel trailer, we noticed other travel trailers with slide outs that had awnings and they look like a great idea. Would save time and my safety from climbing up on there roof to sweep or squeegee the slide out off before packing up.
Is there a down side to these? I am just wondering why they don’t come standard with slide outs.
Any opinions on this would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-16-2018, 04:23 PM   #2
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Some are noisy in the wind is what a lot of complaints are, and they tend to pool water
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Pooling can be taken care of by retracting the slide, just don't be caught standing at either end as it retracts! Get one that rolls up into a metal tube or weathershield.
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Old 01-16-2018, 05:15 PM   #4
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I got quotes to have them installed on our previous rig--$1000 for the large slide and $800 for the smaller slideinstalled. The price varies depending on the material, protective shield, etc. After reading about all the complaints folks have I have been using a small blower like this to avoid getting on the roof. http://www.campingworld.com/shopping...hoCabkQAvD_BwE
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Old 01-16-2018, 08:25 PM   #5
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We ate with my parents in their 5th Wheel during a storm one time at a campground at the beach. The high winds were hitting the RV right in the nose and passing down both sides. The slide awnings were making so much noise I thought the slides were going to be ripped off at any moment, lol. After eating we ran back to our RV next door which doesn't have the awnings and you couldn't tell the wind was blowing. They are great for keeping leaves and pine straw off the slides, but they can be terrible in the wind.
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Old 01-18-2018, 06:24 AM   #6
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Thank you everyone for the feedback.
We will have to think about this a little more.
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Old 01-18-2018, 11:36 AM   #7
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Have had them without and with, never will go without them again. A little wind noise occasionally is far better than having an inadvertent stick getting stuck in the slide out, or climbing up on the roof during a downpour to clean debris off before closing the slide to leave. I feel, that for those that open and close slides regularly, are better served by the use of a slide topper. IANAL, IMO, AND YMMV ALL APPLY. 😀
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We have a slide topper. And has worked out very nicely. As with all things there are pros and cons. But over all I think the pros outweigh the cons and you probably won't regret it.
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Old 01-21-2018, 11:04 AM   #9
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We love our slide toppers.

Why they don't install them as standard equipment? Probably 2 fold...cost and some prefer not to have them.

An added benefit to having slide toppers is they are good at reducing the heat inside from the sun hitting directly on the slide roof.
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Hi. we've just ordered a Rockwood 2109s and are getting the slide awning. We do a lot of Ontario Provincial Park camping, and usually under many trees, pine trees in Algonquin. So we thought this would help and be easier to sweep off when we retract the slide.
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I've also read that they help tremendously with heavy heavy rain noise
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Are you talking about awnings or slide toppers, 2 different things?
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I got quotes to have them installed on our previous rig--$1000 for the large slide and $800 for the smaller slideinstalled. The price varies depending on the material, protective shield, etc. After reading about all the complaints folks have I have been using a small blower like this to avoid getting on the roof. Utility Blower - Wilmar W50064 - Camp Tools - Camping World
In 2016 my dealer charged me $495 to install a slide topper on myJayco Jaylfight. Without measuring it I am ‘guessing’ it is about 10’ long. It is a quality topper and does have the metal casing. I have not noticed any wind noise but I do get water pool when it rains. As already mentioned, I just pull in the slide for a second to drain the water
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Suggestions on replacement slide awning fabric. 150". Has the metal spring loaded roller and all hardware, but current fabric is ripped and falling apart. Looking to save on cost.
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