Go Back   iRV2 Forums > iRV2.com COMMUNITY FORUMS > iRV2.com General Discussion
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 06-19-2011, 07:43 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
traveler of california's Avatar
 
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2001
Posts: 1,048
Slide Toppers and Wind

We have been in some strong winds all spring and I was wondering if anyone has an idea as to how much wind is acceptable before pulling in the slides. Recently, we have been pulling them in whenever winds begin to exceed 25 mph. What do you folks do.

This spring/summer seems to be windier than usual.

Nick
__________________

__________________
traveler of california is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 06-19-2011, 09:44 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 181
Never had to pull ours in yet, my intentions are if ever they get to flapping too much I will throw a small rope over the topper and around the slide and put just enough tension to pull it down a little to stop the flapping.
__________________

__________________
tvman44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-19-2011, 10:21 PM   #3
GG1
Senior Member
 
GG1's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: WHITING,NJ,USA
Posts: 1,082
Use common sense they are only vinyl its a lot cheaper to press a button and bring in the slides than to have them replaced. If they flap around in wind perhaps they need to have more tension on them.
__________________
07 Itasca Ellipse 40fd, 2014 Honda CRV, greyhound lab mix, pit pointer mix(RIP bessie) , shar pei mix, stupid cat, wife
GG1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2011, 08:19 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
WheelingIt's Avatar
 
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2010
Location: On Wheels
Posts: 1,983
We go by feel and look. We've had alot of wind here in NM this spring and we've pulled in the slides whenever it looked like it was too much and they were billowing. When the wind is moderate we tie a rope around to flatten them down.
__________________
12 paws, 40 feet and the open road
WheelingIt is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2011, 09:04 PM   #5
RV Mutant #14
 
Wayne M's Avatar


 
Winnebago Owners Club
Texas Boomers Club
Freightliner Owners Club
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Texas
Posts: 12,201
Consider this: Take a piece of paper and fold it over. Place a thin string between the folds. Have some one hold the paper in place and pull on both ends of the string, against the paper. It will cut it like a knife.

If you have to, and I have, get a flat 3" or more piece of fabric (I used burlap strip) cut it long enough to fit across the topper and down each end a couple feet. You can pick up tarp. grommets at any camping store. Fold the ends of the flat piece into a triangle over itself and put a grommet in each end. Now put your rope through the grommet and anchor it to the ground with a spring mechanism. You can place enough taught on the hold down rope to deter the flapping.

Happy trails.
__________________
Wayne MSGT USMC (Ret) & Earlene (CinCHouse)
2015 Winnebago Tour 42QD
RVM14
It is what it is, and then it is what you make of it.
Wayne M is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-20-2011, 09:13 PM   #6
Moderator Emeritus
 
RickO's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Litchfield Park, Arizona
Posts: 10,530
For the first three years we had our coach we never saw anything to cause us concern but two winters ago a Northern California storm pulled out one of our toppers like it was a parachute and it wouldn't retract. $300 for the mobile guy to fix it in the middle of the storm. It was reported that the winds had gusted to 55mph that night. IMHO 25mph sound really light to have to react to.

Good luck...
rick
__________________
Rick, Nancy, Peanut & Lola our Westie Dogs & Bailey the Sheltie.

2007 Itasca Ellipse 40FD
RickO is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2011, 07:40 AM   #7
Moderator Emeritus
 
Gary RVRoamer's Avatar


 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: Silver Springs, FL. USA
Posts: 18,078
They get awful noisy but I don't worry much about it unless the coach starts rockin' in the wind. Then I pull the slide(s) in to cut down on the wind cross-section.

My toppers have enough extra material wound on the rollers to act as a shock absorber. The topper billows up and pulls against the torsion spring, cushioning the strain, but also making a lot of noise doing so.
__________________
Gary Brinck
Former owner of 2004 American Tradition
Home is in the Ocala Nat'l Forest near Ocala, FL
Summers in Black Mountain, NC
Gary RVRoamer is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 06-21-2011, 09:22 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 181
Great idea Wayne, gave me the idea of using one of the ratchet straps as I always carry a few of those in 1" width and a couple of the 3" width. Thanks for the idea.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Wayne M View Post
Consider this: Take a piece of paper and fold it over. Place a thin string between the folds. Have some one hold the paper in place and pull on both ends of the string, against the paper. It will cut it like a knife.

If you have to, and I have, get a flat 3" or more piece of fabric (I used burlap strip) cut it long enough to fit across the topper and down each end a couple feet. You can pick up tarp. grommets at any camping store. Fold the ends of the flat piece into a triangle over itself and put a grommet in each end. Now put your rope through the grommet and anchor it to the ground with a spring mechanism. You can place enough taught on the hold down rope to deter the flapping.

Happy trails.
__________________
tvman44 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-12-2011, 06:49 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
EasyDoesIt's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Wisconsin
Posts: 163
Side Wind the Worst.

I find that the winds from the side are the worst as they blow up the side and billow it up. Those that have Shields to prevent this have much less problem. My 32' slide is the worst! I have not tried it yet but I have bought foam pipe insulation to tie up to fill the gap with s hooks and shoe laces. Going to spend winter in Palm Springs area. Should be a good test!
__________________

__________________
2008 Fleetwood Providence 39R - Great Floorplan
2010 GMC Acadia Toad w/SMI Air Force One Brake - Roadmaster Stowmaster - 3 minute hookup!
EasyDoesIt is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
slide



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Slide Toppers Kent and Sharon Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 4 03-13-2010 10:44 PM
Slide out Toppers Karl Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 5 05-30-2009 05:32 PM
Slide toppers vs. wind zmotorsports Monaco Owner's Forum 5 04-01-2009 09:15 AM
Slide Toppers and Wind gator67 Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 11 12-04-2008 02:14 PM
Wind and Slide Toppers Barbaraok Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 7 01-11-2008 08:03 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:20 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.