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Old 11-17-2017, 06:35 AM   #1
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Metal awning covers...why not for slides?

The awnings over all of our coach's windows have pleated metal that protects the fabric when rolled up.

However, the slide-out covers don't have metal, and they need it more than anything. The larger slide is 16' long...

Carefree of Colorado supplied the awnings, and I'd hate to have to ship those items LTL, so what options do we have besides sewing a protection flap over the beginning of each cover?
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Old 11-17-2017, 06:42 AM   #2
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I'm not saying what you want is not available, but I have never seen any such protective cover for slide out awnings.
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Old 11-17-2017, 06:54 AM   #3
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Our parking spot at the house places the coach under a canopy of trees. Great for keeping sun from beating down on it, but falling branches occasionally hit the rolled-up slide awnings and cause damage (slight tears).

I'm going to make a new set of slide awnings and am researching before I begin, and if there aren't metal covers available locally, I guess I'll just double up the fabric for the first 8".

It would sure look nice to have metal, though
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Old 11-17-2017, 07:04 AM   #4
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Mine has them.. I think to add them you will have to replace the awning fabric.

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Old 11-17-2017, 07:28 AM   #5
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Yes, replacing the fabric is an every-five-years job, so that isn't going to be an issue. Actually, the pleated metal covers slide into what looks like a very similar track that the fabric slides into...so install metal covers, then install fabric into the metal cover's leading edge (that has a receiving track on it).

Sounds simple, so what am I missing?
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Old 11-17-2017, 08:29 AM   #6
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Or coach's slide toppers have the articulated metal awning covers just like the main awning. I guess I never noticed that other coaches do not have them...
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I believe you don't see the metal covers on slide toppers because the way they roll out. Window awnings yes, regular patio awnings yes, slide toppers I don't know. Is it possible to build something or are they available, maybe I guess but I've never seen them. FatChance says he has them so I guess they do exist. I'd like him to post a wide shot and a close up picture so we can see a detail of how that works.

Slide toppers will last a lot longer than 5 years if you take good care of them
• Keep them clean and apply Aerospace 303 to the outside of them about every month - six weeks or so with a micro fiber mop & pole. DO NOT apply in direct sun. Wait till sunset when the awning is dry and not in direct sunlight
• Keep proper tension
• I carry 3 foam tubes in my pass through bay - the one larger tube goes under the bedroom side topper and the other 2 slightly smaller diameter tubes go under the 16' slide topper. These tubes keep water from pooling and keep them from flapping in the wind. If we're in a location where wind isn't a problem I leave them in the bays.
• With the slide topper fully deployed, I applied about 8" of Clear Gear Aid Tenacious Fabric Tape - 4" on the the top and wrapping it around to the bottom of both the top corners of the slide topper awning—up at the top—where it meets the metal channel. This re-enforces those end areas where it tends to tear first.
• I did have an area on the side portion of the main awning sewn seam up above where the entry door is...I sewed that area with fishing line and a large curved hook style sewing needle which worked really well.

https://www.amazon.com/303-30313-CSR...70_&dpSrc=srch

https://www.amazon.com/Gear-Aid-Tena...r+mending+tape
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All of my slide toppers are under covers. They are Carefree SOK III's
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FatChance says he has them so I guess they do exist. I'd like him to post a wide shot and a close up picture so we can see a detail of how that works.
Here you go! We are getting our first rain in almost 2 months, so I didn't get the best pictures and the slide topper fabric is about worn out. I hope these pictures show the covers well enough. The covers are just like the one on our Weather Pro main awning. They were already installed when we purchased the coach. FWIW, 2004 Newmar Mountain Aire 4016 DP.
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Articulating metal slide topper covers have been available for years. Just like everything else, the higher end coaches come with better slide covers. I wish I had them on mine, especially my full wall slide.
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My 2007 Monaco Signature has Girard slide covers and awnings which all have metal covers.
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Have Zip-Dee's, window and slideout all have metal wrap.
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Our 2008 has them also. I think it's just a matter of ticking the right box when the rig is ordered for most manufacturers.
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Our 2008 has them also. I think it's just a matter of ticking the right box when the rig is ordered for most manufacturers.
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