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Old 09-22-2020, 03:46 PM   #1
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Slide awning support

I have a 2017 35K which has a very long living room slide awning that just bounced up and down on the road. I built a support for it which completely stops the road issue, but when opened up the awning can turn quickly into a small lake if it rains. I was looking at supports from Dometic. Not sure what I need outside of cutting a drain hole or just making sure the slide is closed if it looks like rain.








Not sure what I should get.
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The , slide awning lake issue is common .
You can drop or raise the RV nose to drain, before retraction, or some owners put beach balls under the awning to drain it continually.
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I have a 2017 35K which has a very long living room slide awning that just bounced up and down on the road. I built a support for it which completely stops the road issue, but when opened up the awning can turn quickly into a small lake if it rains. I was looking at supports from Dometic. Not sure what I need outside of cutting a drain hole or just making sure the slide is closed if it looks like rain.








Not sure what I should get.
That is the support I put on mine only in black. Works fine.
Water pooling will still happen. Just bring the slide in slowly. Also tilt the rv (back to front a little - just a little is all it needs) with the jacks to help with letting the water drain
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The , slide awning lake issue is common .
You can drop or raise the RV nose to drain.
Being in California, rain usually isn't much of an issue. But many times at my home storage I'll have the slide out for extended periods of time. Yesterday I was up on the ladder and noticed some leaves on the awning and lots of ash from all these fires. I hosed it off as good as I could which resulted in a lake of quite a bit of water! Slide in to drain, slide out to dry.



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or some owners put beach balls under the awning to drain it continually.

That sounds like a good idea, implementation sounds difficult. And I;d hate to forget it and pull the slide in. That would be exciting.







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That is the support I put on mine only in black. Works fine.

The one I built works great for stopping that bounce. But it doesn't keep the awning away from the slide wall so I think I'll pull the trigger on one of these. Thanks.
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[QUOTE=Bob1340;5452207]Being in California, rain usually isn't much of an issue. But many times at my home storage I'll have the slide out for extended periods of time. Yesterday I was up on the ladder and noticed some leaves on the awning and lots of ash from all these fires. I hosed it off as good as I could which resulted in a lake of quite a bit of water! Slide in to drain, slide out to dry.
That sounds like a good idea, implementation sounds difficult. And I'd hate to forget it and pull the slide in. That would be exciting.


My side is extended 358 days a year , only in on travel days , winter in Parker Dam CA. for 5 1/2 months ( the wet ones ) . Hang a note over the slide control and add remove beach ball to the check list on steering wheel clip board , above retract slides.

Just got an unusual message saying post is too short .
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My side is extended 358 days a year , only in on travel days , winter in Parker Dam CA. for 5 1/2 months ( the wet ones ) . Hang a note over the slide control and add remove beach ball to the check list on steering wheel clip board , above retract slides.

Just got an unusual message saying post is too short .

How you get the beach ball in? My mind is spinning thinking of a way to mount a deflated ball or even a inner tube to a piece of 1/2" PVC pipe and shove it in and inflate it via a length of hose. Never even need to get out my little ladder. I have some bad orthopedic issues and when the wife sees me get out a ladder she gets hot.
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Bring slide in vary slowly, stopping many times to let water run off. We have walkie talkies so I watch water drain & let DW know when to move in again.
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Bring slide in vary slowly, stopping many times to let water run off. We have walkie talkies so I watch water drain & let DW know when to move in again.

The only time we get rain much is in the winter. I have a full hook up at home so I have used the MH as a guest bed/cottage when we have kids over etc. On mine the rain can create a lake up there and accumulate a tremendous amount of water. Water is heavy. I can almost guaranty I've had 15 gallons or more of water up there. That weight not only stretches out the fabric but it also is for the most part on the slide.



I am sure my fabric is already sagged to a degree. It rolls up just fine. I think I'll try this beach ball thing this winter.
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My slide are electric with dual motors. The instructions for using that are quite clear - do NOT stop part way when either extending or retracting or the motors can get out of sync, which can/will cause problems opening and closing the slide. Therefore 'going slowly' is not an option for me.
My arms are much too short to put any sort of a ball far enough under the topper to do any good, so I use the extra thick pool noodles. Those fit snug while sliding under, and putting one in from each side prevents the lake from forming. I have a cable tie with a small piece of pool noodle on it that I hang over the key for the slide controls. That tells me that I need to remove the noodles before I bring the slides in.
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