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Old 08-27-2016, 11:48 AM   #1
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Has anyone installed a slide awning where there was none?

I'm new to the RV world this year so I'm still learning a lot. I've noticed that some RVs have slide awnings and some done. Mine doesn't. I think it is a nice feature and would do a lot to prevent too much water and debris from potentially intruding or causing damage. I clean the slide off before closing up every time and I see a slide awning saving me lots of trouble. So my question is if anyone has installed a slide awning where there was none before. A youtube search seems only to yield how to videos with people replacing old awnings, not new installations. Your wisdom and guidance are appreciated. Thanks!
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I had one installed by the dealer. I looked at the install instructions and it appears easy to do but is a two person job. On my slide out it cost about $1000 installed.


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Are you asking about a slide topper or an awning that extends from the slide out?


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Old 08-27-2016, 04:38 PM   #4
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So my question is if anyone has installed a slide awning where there was none before. A youtube search seems only to yield how to videos with people replacing old awnings, not new installations.
when we bought our tt it didn't have that topper either and the dealer didn't have the black material that we needed to match the black color of our awning, ..... we were 425 miles from home and couldn't wait over the weekend for him to get it in,.....the link below is where I bought my 9.5' topper from,...... for some reason, now 9' and 9.5' have been removed from their selection,... it really is a two man operation, but can be done by one, I did,..... for info, I did a lot of searching and also found that the YouTube videos all pertain to replacing the material, not an original install,.... but watching them you can get a good idea of what to do, .... I would let a dealer do it, but not at $1000,........ we bought a new tt and our dealer was going to add it for $400, .... it cost me $350 plus $50 for the rail to attach it to the tt, so I was out my time and the trouble of figuring how to do it and then doing it,...... let them do it if the price is reasonable,.....

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when we bought our tt it didn't have that topper either and the dealer didn't have the black material that we needed to match the black color of our awning, ..... we were 425 miles from home and couldn't wait over the weekend for him to get it in,.....the link below is where I bought my 9.5' topper from,...... for some reason, now 9' and 9.5' have been removed from their selection,... it really is a two man operation, but can be done by one, I did,..... for info, I did a lot of searching and also found that the YouTube videos all pertain to replacing the material, not an original install,.... but watching them you can get a good idea of what to do, .... I would let a dealer do it, but not at $1000,........ we bought a new tt and our dealer was going to add it for $400, .... it cost me $350 plus $50 for the rail to attach it to the tt, so I was out my time and the trouble of figuring how to do it and then doing it,...... let them do it if the price is reasonable,.....

https://www.amazon.com/Lippert-Soler...ide+out+awning

I guess I should have said $1000 Canadian, we pay almost double up here for most things.


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Thanks for all the replies guys. I will see what the dealer charges. Those of you that have added slide awnings (topper cover), no regrets right? Much happier?
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Thanks for all the replies guys. I will see what the dealer charges. Those of you that have added slide awnings (topper cover), no regrets right? Much happier?
absolutely no regrets, I consider it a "must have",.... so much that when the dealer couldn't add ours, I included a ladder to be added to that side so I could climb up to see if the slide top was clean before bringing it in,... from the ladder I could see and wouldn't have to get on the trailer roof unless it was necessary to clean the slide top,... thoroughly discussed this with the salesman, of why I wanted it and why on that certain side,... yep, the next day when we went to get the tt, the installer had put the ladder on the wrong side, which meant I did have to get on the trailer roof every time and walk over to the slide to see if it was clean,.... needless to say they became very generous, threw in the ladder, a set of Cipa mirrors and was still apologizing when we drove away,......
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Once in Colorado we had a quickie snow storm. Pulling in the slides with snow on them would have been a major mistakes. The slide toppers paid for themselves that day. They are a must have.


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Bought my 5er last December before heading to Florida . Had CW measure for them before we left. In March they had them on sale with reduced installation. Had all 3 installed for about $1500 inc tax.
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Slide topper

I tried to have a topper awning put over my slide out and was told Forest River didn't install the supports in the wall frame. Unit had to be ordered that way. Also couldn't install a roof ladder for same reason.

I do have a beautiful 19' patio power awning that came with the unit. Love that.
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