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Old 02-02-2010, 04:21 AM   #15
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Thanks for the reply- I tried to stay there once (for the State Fair) and called to leave a voice mail for our reservation (no one ever picked up the phone). This was in June or July last year. By Aug, I still hadn't heard anything from them...I finally called back to confirm they got my call, and they acted like they never did. In addition- they said they never reserve those spaces out there by the Parkway-they said that those were for vendors. Well, it ticked me off that they never called back- I really wanted to bring the grand kids to the Fair last year, and then they gave me this info about not taking reservations. I don't know if I'm going to try again or not. How did you get in there? Also thanks for the info about the mobile repair guys!
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Old 02-02-2010, 01:11 PM   #16
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Yeah, I didn't get the impression that the office staff was, how should I say it, on top of things. We pulled in without reservations and had no problem. The route we took was Business 80 to Cal Expo exit... then all the way down Exposition Blvd to Ethan... right on Ethan takes you to the back of the grounds where the RV park is. None of the sites were actuall "on" the greenbelt. The paved sites were a bit closer but I'd avoid those if you're in a coach because you'll never get level.
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:55 AM   #17
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Hey Zippo good point. I have always wondered if I would go to the expense of replacing a slide topper after it rips. My only concern would be debri from trees settling on the roof and destroying the seals as you bring the slide in. So I guess you measure the inconvenience of using a step ladder to sweep off the slide roofs against having to bring the slides in when its windy. However I have only brought our main slide in once during a wind storm because the noise was loud.
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Old 02-03-2010, 01:49 PM   #18
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Hi Steve,
Another advantage of the topper is that they shield the top of the slide from the sun. When the sun is shinning brightly, the inside cabinets can get really warm if the slide has no topper.
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Hi Gary. Do I know you? Never thought of the sun factor but then again I have never been without slide toppers. I do wish they made them wider to cover the seals.
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I have a full wall slide on my rig. It has been completely replaced once as it was ripped off in a wind storm. Then it still is a pain as anything other than a gentle breeze from the side billows it up causing a squeaking noise (usually at night). I cured that when parked by tying foam pipe insulation tightly under the outer roller. BUT. drove 100 miles from Palm Springs to Blythe in 20 mph side winds Gusts?? and then the little billow arm broke off and the fabric would roll out the then in. Drove 35 mph all the way. I have pulled the fabric and don't know if I will replace the hardware and fabric unless I can get some sort of shield to keep the wind from blowing up the side under the roller. I now have a nice shiny racing tube on the top of my slide.
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Rick,
We spent a little over a week in Corpus Christi, TX, where the wind always blows. Just how much is anyone's guess. While we were there, it was a about 2 day window of high winds. Went to bed the first night of the high winds and got up at 1 a.m. and pulled in the driver's side slide. I think it is 12 + some feet, because the topper was just so darned noisy. The wind was quartering from that direction. The big 23 + some feet slide was fine on the opposite side. However the next night I pulled the little slide in before we went to bed. Around 4 a.m. A big storm came through, the wind shifted, and finally at 6:30 a.m. I pulled in the big slide. It's amazing how quiet it can get when those toppers are not flapping.

The news reported Corpus with measured gusts of 54 mph. Sustained was 45 if I remember correctly.

Glad you got it fixed. As stated, it is really hard to judge when to pull them in, and what do you do when you wake up in the middle of the night and hear the topper flapping. You just have to guess-a-mate if they should come in or not. I prefer to err on pulling them in rather than the chance of leaving them out.

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