Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > MH-General Discussions & Problems
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  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 05-26-2011, 05:54 PM   #1
Senior Member
Cat320's Avatar
Fleetwood Owners Club
American Coach Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2011
Posts: 4,173
Slide Toppers And Rain

We've had one of each type RV, but this is the first one with slide toppers. They are brand new, and we are camped in an area that just had a couple of storms go through. After the rain, all were sagging and full of water. I pulled in one slide to dump the water and climbed on the roof and swept the water off the others.

We are planning to be here for a few weeks, will it hurt them (the spring) to be stretched out for that long, or should I get the water off them after the rain stops?


2014 American Eagle 45T
DD 500
Pulling a Honda CRV
Cat320 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 05-26-2011, 06:30 PM   #2
Senior Member
Tha_Rooster's Avatar
Join Date: Aug 2008
Location: Georgia
Posts: 4,078
I don't think it will hurt the spring but it will put a permanent sag in the middle if left for a while I have herd of people throwing a rope over the top to pull the sides down to let off the water. Some of the problems dealers leave the slides open all the time and the toppers get a stretch sag in the middle.

2007 Fleetwood Revolution LE 40V
Tha_Rooster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-26-2011, 06:45 PM   #3
Senior Member
450Donn's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Dallas,OR
Posts: 2,237
lots of posts with ideas on dealing with this problem. Get a couple of cheap blow up beach balls and slide them under the toppers. Water cannot pool up then.
Don and Lorri
2007 Dodge 3500 dually
Resident Dummy.
450Donn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-27-2011, 10:49 AM   #4
Senior Member
AFChap's Avatar
Winnebago Owners Club
Spartan Chassis
Join Date: Aug 2002
Location: ...hopefully on the road!
Posts: 4,433
...or just don't worry about it. Any large piece of fabric suspended horizontally will sag in the middle. It's no big deal unless on a larger patio awning where it can damage the support arms due to the weight. The slide toppers aren't large enough for that to cause a problem. As to tension on the topper roller spring, there is already tension on it at all times, and especially when the slides is extended.

Worry about it if you wish ...everyone needs something to worry about! When the water dumps over the side and end when I retract the slide I might see it as a minor irritant, but I don't see it as a "problem" that has to be resolved.
Paul (KE5LXU) ...was fulltimin', now parttimin'
'03 Winnebago UA 40e / '05 Honda Odyssey toad
AFChap is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2011, 02:14 PM   #5
Senior Member
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 209
Drop 1 side of the front of the RV 1/4 of a bubble and the water may run off during the rain and not puddle.
2001 Sea View 31' F53 1 slide
2012 Jeep Liberty Smi stay and play Duo brake system
Security by Bentley, KF6HCH, God Bless
John Wayne is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2011, 03:20 PM   #6
Senior Member
shortlance's Avatar
Nor'easters Club
Mid Atlantic Campers
KZ RV Club
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Southeast Pa.
Posts: 277
We tried every trick that was offered and some of them are good but found that it is easyer to just retrack the slide about half way and the water runs off enough that the topper will wind tight and dump the rest. Then we just put the slide out again. I do not like to let a water buildup longer then need be so the slide topper does not streach and get a sag in it. I'd sooner have to deal with the water then have to clean off the slides when we are packing up to leave.
Thane & Sharon
shortlance is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2011, 06:08 PM   #7
Senior Member
johnsonjm209's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Oct 2010
Posts: 295
Slide Toppers

Something I just learned from a competent RV repair facility. (cause it was happening to me) Make sure that if you replace an awning , that it is wider than the slide. If not the buildup water will not flow outside of the slide, but some will remain inside and end up running down the sides of he slideout and eventually being pushed back inside of the RV.
Joe from Ct.
johnsonjm209 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-28-2011, 09:15 PM   #8
Community Moderator
"007"'s Avatar

Nor'easters Club
Workhorse Chassis Owner
iRV2 No Limits Club
Join Date: Oct 2004
Posts: 24,494
Here is a thread to adjust your slide topper awning and there is also a awning wedge that can be used.

98KSCA, 99MACA, 03 KSCA-3740- 8.1 Chev-- ALLISON Trans, now in good hands
"007" is offline   Reply With Quote

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
Rain water on slide toppers RetiredBob Newmar Owner's Forum 13 02-02-2011 05:26 PM
Slide topper replacement palehorse89 Newmar Owner's Forum 3 12-28-2010 10:18 PM
Not so Carefree slide-out toppers danes-on-tour Monaco Owner's Forum 29 12-15-2010 07:09 PM
How to tighten slide toppers???? big jimbo Alpine Coach Owner's Forum 8 06-09-2008 03:58 AM
Replacing both slide toppers on my 04 Challenger STONEDADDY Damon 1 04-25-2008 08:18 PM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 08:53 AM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.