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Old 01-08-2014, 07:24 PM   #1
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Slide Awning necessary?

Hello all,

We are looking at a Surveyor Sport 220. It does not have an awning over the slide. The dealer says they are more trouble than they are worth (problems in wind/heavy rain). I'm worried about leaves, pine needles, etc. building up on the slide top if we are camped under trees for a week or so. Will that not cause problems when we close the slide? Thanks in advance for any insights.
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:28 PM   #2
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In the wind they will flap, unless you install a de-flapper. The rain is no issue, watter runs off it, if you have the trailer leveled correctly (slightly nose high) the water will run off and not pool up. As you retract the slide the awning rolls up away from camper, so any crud on top just rolls off it before it wraps around the roller. I would not be without one, I can not imagine having all the rain, leaves, pine needles etc. being on top of my slide! You would need to clean it every time you retracted the slide or risk some of the crud coming inside with it.
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Old 01-08-2014, 07:47 PM   #3
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Old 01-09-2014, 04:44 AM   #4
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the Dometic slidetopper has a built-in deflapper. we had ours installed 6 years ago and NEVER had any problems with it and would NEVER be without one. especially for the reasons the OP gave.
we love ours and it was well worth the money, except we should've had it installed before we picked up the trailer.
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One thing that I didn't like about our former V-Lite was that the curb side slide didn't have a topper, presumably because the awning covered that slide.

We parked it in the back yard for several days with the slides out but left the awning in. grrrrr ya shoulda seen all the leaves on top of that slide. DH was retracting the slide and I didn't notice all the leaves until the slide stopped a good 4 inches short.....there were that many leaves crushed up against the side. It took a while to get up there and get all those wet leaves off. That happened on the day we were taking it in for trade-in. Certainly if we'd kept 'er, a topper would have been installed there, pronto.

New fiver has toppers on *all* slides, even the curb side slide that the awning covers.
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Experienced a problem with my new Forester 3051 a couple of weeks ago with the slide awning. Everything seemed to be fine with the awning when we packed-up at the park until we got on the interstate. The awning started to unwind itself twice while driving. Both times I had to pull off the highway to extend and retract the slide to ensure the awning retracted properly. While on top of the RV, I noticed the stopper was not making contact with the anti-bellowing device. Thank goodness my wife was following me and noticed the awning was unwrapping. I have added this check to my checklist before I leave a park in the future. I do believe the awning is a MUST for slides but extra care must be taken to prevent damage to your RV.

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Old 01-09-2014, 09:07 AM   #7
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I've never had wind issues and will always have slide toppers.
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Thank you all so much for your quick replies. You confirmed what I thought. Seemed crazy not to have one. I think the dealer was just trying to sell the TT "as is". I will make the topper part of the purchase.

bikendan - The Dometic looks sweet, I will pursue it.

Thank you again. This is a great forum. I have learned a ton reading the old posts.
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I wish I'd have had one put on mine when I ordered it. Houston RV show is next month and I might have to see if I can find a deal on one there.
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If your going to camping in the trees and forested areas and little to no wind get the toppers. If your going to be in tree-less areas and high winds no.....or have them installed but not hooked up to the main wall. I have toppers on my 3 slides, no leafy tree within 500 yards but I live on the water and winds are an issue....the toppers flap horribly and make enough noise to wake the dead. I am dealing with 40 - 60 MPH winds tonight and have the windward slide in due to the flapping...P.I.T.A.
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