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Old 09-15-2017, 03:24 PM   #1
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2017 Canyon Star and flapping topper

The leading edge of the driver side slide topper has flapped in 10-15 knot wind since it was new. The topper will be replaced under warranty next month as there is now a 2'' rip at the front edge.

For some reason, passenger side topper doesn't flap even though it get's the wind directly on it.

First toppers for me. Had a 5ver with 4 slides, for 8 years, all without toppers, and never had a problem.

I know there are lots of ways to stop the flapping. My Newmar tech told me the flapping topper was installed incorrectly.

Question is this. I camp a lot in SoCal in the Winter and would have serious concern if a storm came up, esp. at night. Putting in the slides would be a royal PIA.

How much wind would prompt someone to put their slides in?

The offending topper has flapped at 10-15 knot wind. What'll happen at 30 knots?

If a topper ever gets damaged from wind, I'll be removing it permanently.

Just wondering how common this problem is. For some reason, I'm thinking this shouldn't be happening to a new topper.
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I did not have this problem on mine, many days here in CA with to much wind to put out awning.
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What brand topper do you have? Mine is Carefree and does the same thing. Newmar considered it stretched and wanted to replace it for around $550. Instead, I decided to loop a nylon strap around the slide to mitigate the flapping. It works for me right now in windy conditions. I personally think it is a Carefree design and manufacturing problem.

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