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Old 04-13-2014, 06:41 AM   #1
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Wind tolerance for slideout toppers

We are wondering if anybody has experienced high winds over 30mph with slideouts out and have any damage to slide out toppers.
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:46 AM   #2
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Currently in Tulsa and have been wondering/worrying about the same thing. Are they adjustable to tighten?
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Old 04-13-2014, 06:50 AM   #3
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We are in Claremore OK and the wind is supposed to be 20 to 30mph and we are a little nervous also.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:06 AM   #4
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My rule of thumb was 35 mph unless the the slide toppers were flapping bad. If the slide toppers are flapping from the direction of the wind, that slide would come it no matter what the wind speed was.

I lost one in NE when a plains wind came up and we were gone for the day. It was time to change to Sunbrella anyways.
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Old 04-13-2014, 07:17 AM   #5
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Mine is out for 7 months 24/7 without closing.
We have had a lot of winds with gust over 40 MPH at times and I never have had a problem. Flapping some over those 40 MPH gust, but I don't put slide in.

Also the big 21' patio awning has been out 24/7 during that same time.
But it is tied down with one of those spring jobs. And flappers attached to it.

I do put it in when Hurricane is close by. That didn't happen this winter.
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We have pulled our slides in a few times when we have heard the toppers flap excessively. Don't know what the wind speed was, just went by the sound. We have also pulled the slides in at bed time when high wind warnings were issued.
So far we have been lucky and not been away from the coach during high winds.
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We are stopped in Hays,KS as we speak with severe winds. Had to put all slides in during the night. Folks traveling with us lost one topper before they could get them in. 35 mph with gusts to 45 mph
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We have pulled our slides in a few times when we have heard the toppers flap excessively. Don't know what the wind speed was, just went by the sound. We have also pulled the slides in at bed time when high wind warnings were issued.
So far we have been lucky and not been away from the coach during high winds.
We do kinda the same thing. Would rather be inconvenienced with slides in than have a torn topper.
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Direction of the wind makes a big difference...that said, we've had our slides out in the past month with gusts exceeding 50 mph. No damage.
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Thanks for responses we put slides in just to be on the safe side. Some storms came through they said there were gust to 65, we were inside a building so did not feel it. My husband thinks DS front slide was damaged by 45mph winds while we were in Midland because he had to help topper roll up, so we will be calling Pharr RV today. Don't suppose that would be covered by warranty.
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Thanks for responses we put slides in just to be on the safe side. Some storms came through they said there were gust to 65, we were inside a building so did not feel it. My husband thinks DS front slide was damaged by 45mph winds while we were in Midland because he had to help topper roll up, so we will be calling Pharr RV today. Don't suppose that would be covered by warranty.

If it is a spring in the awning, probably covered under warranty, torn fabric, doubtful. Another thing with slide topper, they do get weaker with age. What would take 40 MPH winds today, will not 4 or 5 years from now. Both of mine had to be replace on my previous MH at 7 years. One tore at 6 years and the other one died of old age at 7.
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are the springs easily replaced? I believe mine should be tighter.
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I'm told that once the topper sags, it sags and can't be tightened back up. Hope it is not true, but will find out this Fall.
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In looking at my slide, it seems to me that Fleetwood could have the side wall run up to the level of the topper It would just go with the slide I used inflatable pool floats that tucked in under the topper, which kept the wind and limbs out. I pitched them after the winter ended. I'm going to get a sheet of the Styrofoam insulation board, and cut pieces that will fit under the topper, making it 6 inches thick. That should work pretty well for long term parking. Eddie Elk.
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