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Old 08-27-2015, 08:39 PM   #1
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Monsoons and Awning Tops?!?

Should we bring slides in during rainstorms to protect the awning toppers or are they designed to handle such things?


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Old 08-27-2015, 09:15 PM   #2
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We don't unless they are expecting strong winds. Water should not hurt them.



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Old 08-27-2015, 11:33 PM   #3
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Unless it was VERY strong winds I wouldn't even worry about them in a storm. Unlike the patio awning, they are anchored at both sides, so the only uplift should be the suction over them.


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Same as Phil ... only if extreme winds come up
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Old 08-28-2015, 01:16 PM   #5
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I would urge some caution in this. I always thought why would anyone ever bring in their slide in a storm. I found out why when we were camped at Harry S. Truman Lake and we had exceptionally high winds with nearby tornadoes. Our long slide was out and it had a slide topper on it. Long story short, somehow the wind got under it and shredded the topper canvas and even tore up the hardware. Camping World replaced all of it at a vey high cost. I will gladly bring my slide in if high winds are coming now and I am there. Too costly not too. Kind of makes you wish you had no slide toppers.
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Good advice, old codger. Always an exception to the rule and tornadoes are definitely an exception. Thanks.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:11 PM   #7
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We live about half way between Phoenix and Tucson. A couple of weeks ago a nice little thunderstorm went through that created work for every roofing company in town. They've also been known to peel off aluminum patio and car port covers. These storms we get during the monsoon have vicious winds, like small tornadoes. Our RV sits in covered parking during the summer, but I wouldn't leave the slides extended.
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Old 08-28-2015, 04:21 PM   #8
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Thanks all! These Tucson Monsoons hit hard and case damage do better safe than sorry!!


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We were camping at Buffalo Bill SP just outside of Cody, WY last month when a MAJOR storm came across the lake with extremely high winds (was told the next morning by SP staff that they were in excess of 65mph).... I pulled in all four slides so that I wouldn't lose my toppers... Numerous campers lost their awnings and toppers because they were gone site seeing when it hit....

I'll always pull mine in because I don't want to spend diesel money replacing my toppers - plus I worry about the weight of the water that can collect up there in a sudden torrential downpour ....


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When we were out west last year an old timer told me to take a rope and throw it over the slide topper and then tie it tight under the slide. That would limit the topper from ballooning up and tearing it to shreds. He told me this after the storm had passed so I have not had to try this out. If you do try it make sure you take the rope off before you retract the slide.


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Old 08-28-2015, 10:24 PM   #11
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After 33 years in Wyoming I would warn everyone - Do not leave the awning out when you leave! Gusty wind is so common in Wyo and shredded awnings flying in the breeze are too common in RV camps!
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Old 08-29-2015, 07:28 AM   #12
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slides and awnings

We never leave the campsite with awning out unless we are close by, in Florida we have storms that appear from nowhere. We camped near other folks with same camper as ours and they went to disney for the day and left awning out, a storm came up while they were gone and all we could do was watch their awning get destroyed we were not able to tie it down due to height or access. yes its a good practice to roll it in especially if weather is questionable and all you have to do is push a button.
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