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Old 07-05-2016, 06:15 PM   #1
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Slide Topper Improvement

My slide topper is horizontal with little or no slope. It puddles water when it rains and flaps in heavy winds. I have been reading various solutions on the forum from beach balls or plastic support underneath, or a solution I chose, a pipe over the slide topper.I used 1 1/2 inch pipe. I have not seen any pictures so I will put some in the post. I will be heading out soon for a week to try it out. I am planning on the rain to flow off the rear of the topper.

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Let us know if it works or not
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I made supports for under the topper with 3/4" pvc pipe.
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I made supports for under the topper with 3/4" pvc pipe.

Do you have any pictures of this to share?


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Old 07-06-2016, 03:50 PM   #5
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How about adding more tension... does that work?
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I think the idea is OK but I don't think I'd be pulling both sides that tight.
All you want it to do is allow the water to drain and keep from billowing.
I would almost think the weight of the pipe would accomplish that.
A lightly tied rope would hold it in place.
Tying it as tight as shown would tend to stretch the awning material in my opinion.
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I made supports for under the topper with 3/4" pvc pipe.
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Do you have any pictures of this to share?
Here's a couple photos from the 'net.




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I think the idea is OK but I don't think I'd be pulling both sides that tight.
All you want it to do is allow the water to drain and keep from billowing.
I would almost think the weight of the pipe would accomplish that.
A lightly tied rope would hold it in place.
Tying it as tight as shown would tend to stretch the awning material in my opinion.
The rope is not that tight. Most of the deflection is the weight of the pipe. The material is not stretching, the material is just additional awning from the reel.
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Let us know if it works or not
Just got back from a week of camping and had three rain storms. The pipe worked perfectly and there was no water build up. Also easy to install and take down while using my rear ladder. Overall very pleased with the outcome.
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