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Old 05-17-2018, 08:04 PM   #1
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Slide topper

Today we were returning home with a 30mph side wind into the drivers side. A gust got under the slide topper and caused it to billow some.Not a whole lot probably about 8 inches or so.. Made a lot of noise. I found a place to stop and put the affected side down wind. Got on the roof and DW was inside running controls, ran the slide out and straightened the material out.. Installed a screwdriver in a hole in the end of the roller tube secured it and tightened the fabric?. Question is,can I make this awning tighter by just winding it up? I plan to get some quality topper cover material to replace the CHEAP stuff up there. Maybe someone has come up with a way to keep this from happening. Any and all comments welcome except the mean ones..Thanks for all!
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:10 PM   #2
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My guess you have a bad spring. If so, it can be rebuilt cheaply enough.
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:47 PM   #3
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Donít the slide toppers have an anti-billow device to keep them from unwinding when the slide is in?
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Old 05-17-2018, 08:49 PM   #4
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Many times when they are installed the spring is not wound tight enough. The was a fellow forum member that had to tighten his up some more by giving it 8 more turns on the spring. His was the Dometic toppers so other brands may be different. On Dometic toppers there is a spring on each end.
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No anti billow on this one.. I did find one on Amazon.
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Old 05-17-2018, 09:13 PM   #6
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No anti billow on this one.. I did find one on Amazon.
There was another member last week who didn't have an anti-billow device on his. The installer didn't put it on. There is 2 parts to the anti-billow device, a short arm that goes on the tube and a stop piece that goes on the side of the RV.
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