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Old 06-07-2016, 08:01 PM   #1
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Slide Topper in the Wind Problem in 3051S

So, we're in Santa Fe, NM for a couple of days and every afternoon around 5 pm big wind storms have been coming in every day. Today's is really strong. I'd estimate 40 mph winds right now.

I was at the dog park with our puppy when my wife came over to tell me something bad was happening at the RV.

When I got here I could see the slide topper being caught in the wind, rolling out about 10 inches or so before being rolled back in by the topper's spring. It makes a hell of a racket inside the RV. Sounds like the roof is coming off.

So, I look around this RV park full of big rigs and no one else is having this issue.

Seems that FR isn't careful to make the topper awning the correct size for the slide. So, wind can get underneath it and roll it out to it's end. This creates a large wind foil above the RV - a balloon or bell-shapped bunch of wind inflated fabric.

The topper's springs do bring it back by winding up the excess material but it just happens again and again.

We brought the slide in because otherwise it looked like the topper was going to tear and rip off the slide.

Luckily, the wind here dies down in a few hours and we'll be able to put the slide out before bed.

Do you folks think this is normal, acceptable or correct? Or should I ask for the excess material to be trimmed off so that the topper awning is taught when the slide is extended?
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Old 06-07-2016, 11:37 PM   #2
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No idea but I'm inclined to check how long ours is.

Bringing in the slide was a good call. But doing it every day could get old!
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This not normal, it sounds as though the anti billowing device has come loose
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Old 06-08-2016, 01:22 AM   #4
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This not normal, it sounds as though the anti billowing device has come loose
Anti-billowing device??? "Billowing" was certainly my problem.
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Old 06-08-2016, 03:57 AM   #5
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This not normal, it sounds as though the anti billowing device has come loose
The anti-billowing device is mounded on the campers wall, It sounds like your spring is weak or tension is not set correctly
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This not normal, it sounds as though the anti billowing device has come loose
The "Anti-Billowing Device" only comes into play when the Slide is in the "Travel" position! Like Witch Dr.said the Stop for the Device is mounted on the RV wall not the Slide wall! Additional tension needed on the Spring in the roller! Youroo!!
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I made pvc supports for under my toppers....stopped the noise and flapping.
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I added about 8 additional turns to both torsion springs, one on each end. Stops the billowing and water from puddling.
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I agree that increasing the spring tension might solve the problem, but if you can't get that done immediately you could run a rope around the slide over the awning and pull it down a little on both ends and that would be a temporary fix. Just be sure to remove the rope when you get ready to pull the slide in.
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I added about 8 additional turns to both torsion springs, one on each end. Stops the billowing and water from puddling.


I'm going to have to look at ours- where do you adjust the springs? Is it obvious when I climb up there?
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