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Old 03-31-2013, 01:16 AM   #1
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Slide-Out Awning: Worth it?

This is my second TT and both have slides. Neither, however, have had awnings over their slides. It's a mod that I considered doing on my Dutchmen (the first one), but it was at the age where I was constantly spending money to fix and replace stuff, so a slide-out awning was pretty low on the to-do list. Now that I have a like-new Flagstaff that needs nothing other than the obvious routine maintenance, I would like to consider installing an awning over the slide-out. I would just like to know if this mod is really worth the money and does it have real benefits? Does anybody recommend a brand i.e AE, Dometic, etc.?
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Old 03-31-2013, 02:27 AM   #2
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west texas.....winds all the time......after hearing my in laws flap and flutter like a parachute at 200mph, no thanks........i would like them if not that ..........but again.....its west texas...lol.....although it would be nice to keep the twigs and leaves and crap off my slides..
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I've had them on all the RVs I've owned with Slideouts. I've not been in winds like Ironj describes, but I have been in a freezing rain situation, and it was sure nice to just bring the Slide in and watch the ice roll off.

Had I not had them, I'd have had to get on the roof and somehow clear the ice from the top of the slides before closing them.

The insulation benefit of the air gap between the Topper and the Slide Roof also is a great help in hot weather.

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I have dual 15k ac units that save the day...but oh what I would give not to have to cart a ladder around to get on the roof to clean! ! ...no option to add one to my trailer....toppers are on my imaginary dream list though!
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Old 03-31-2013, 03:23 AM   #5
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we made the mistake of not having one installed before we paid for our HTT.
2 years later we paid a lot more to have one installed.

since we mainly camp in forested campgrounds, we had all kinds of issues with sap and tree residues that caused the slide seals to adhere to the side of the trailer. i actually had to use a butter knife to break the "glue" that had formed. not even pushing on the slide from the inside would break it loose.

since we had the slide topper installed, we've never had this issue again, nor to i have to get a ladder to sweep the top of the slide off.
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DH believes in them wholeheartedly. We always get them if they aren't already installed. BTW, this is our first trip with the popup gizmos and the 'keep it clean' factor we appreciate with the slide awning is the same.
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Pollen is about the only thing that seems to get under them, after sitting for several months in Fla....hosed under them and brushed with water.....let dry and they came in clean.....some folk build a pvc frame to go under them....to keep from flapping and collecting water.....so far here water has not been a problem....IMO they are a must
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I have a brush and squeegee on a pole with a 90 dew elbow that a salesman told me about. Takes a couple minutes and gets most of the debris and water off. I used a couple of boat hooks, brushes and a boat cover adjustable 90 deg elbow.

Lighter and cheaper than a slide, I think.

I am intrigued by the newish slide out sleeve cover that Lippert has out. That may solve the wind issue.
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This is my second TT and both have slides. Neither, however, have had awnings over their slides. It's a mod that I considered doing on my Dutchmen (the first one), but it was at the age where I was constantly spending money to fix and replace stuff, so a slide-out awning was pretty low on the to-do list. Now that I have a like-new Flagstaff that needs nothing other than the obvious routine maintenance, I would like to consider installing an awning over the slide-out. I would just like to know if this mod is really worth the money and does it have real benefits? Does anybody recommend a brand i.e AE, Dometic, etc.?
I would not have another RV without them. The plus's are no more bringing in dirt on top of the slide or water. Also over my table, is a light and the electrical wire lays on top and then penetrates through the roof of the slide. So it also protects that. As far as the wind, It really has to blow for it to flop around enough to bother you. I have seen other campers use a PVC frame at the ends or even seen blown up rafts or beach balls installed when it get's windy. I have learned that if you bring your slide in a little it will stop the flopping. but you can still use the space. They are spring loaded and it depends on the tension. Dometic I think are the best brands....... you will love them !!!!!!!!!! get the best fabric in mils. I think they call it.
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