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Old 05-05-2014, 07:49 PM   #1
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Debris Under Slide Awnings

First RV with slide awnings.

Will debris on top of the slide and under the awning be an issue?

How do you deal with it?

Any suggestions or insights would be wonderful.


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Old 05-05-2014, 08:59 PM   #2
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I'm not sure what debris you may get under the topper. However if it is something like a tree branch of pine needles I would get them out. You don't need that type of stuff getting against your slide seals when you close the slides. The purpose of the slide toppers is to keep debris off the slide themselves. However if you get something under it you really should get it out before closeing up. I have a folding/collapsing ladder I carry with me and I use that to get up to where I need to be.

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We bought an electric blower and keep it clean. BTW some of it has a chance of being on the inside of your coach when the slides are closed.
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i use a Swifter with the rod to clean the tops and sides of my slides before I bring them in. Besides the stray leaf that may end up under the topper, there is lots of dirt, that if I didn't clean, would end up wearing out the slide seals.
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Not much will get under the awning, except maybe leaves that blow in. We haven't had any problem!
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Old 05-06-2014, 09:05 AM   #6
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All this is good to hear. We are birds and stay in Winterhaven during the winter. The RV park we are in has lots of ficus trees which we are able to park under. We had 5er without the toppers. I would go up before pulling in the slides and sweep the debris off. Lots of leaves after a few months.

One of the daily routines is to sweep and blow off the accumulated leaves from the patio that constantly fall from the trees. Same leaves fall on the RV. Lovely shade trees but very dirty from the leaf and twigs falling constantly as well as the ficus berries.

I particularly like the leaf blower and swiffer solutions. I have a leaf blower and DW has a swiffer. Perhaps she can try the swiffer solution first (LOL). We will be going down with the Tour QD and I think the swiffer will not be long enough for the big slide but the blower should work. The swiffer will work on the short slides I am sure.

Has anyone tried to block the ends with styrofoam or other materials to prevent debris from getting in? I was considering building something but think that could cause other issues.

Thanks for the replies. I have some great ideas and am looking forward to trying them out.

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