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Old 08-27-2006, 05:42 PM   #1
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Slide Awning

My unit does not have this. Lets here the pro's and con's as I am thinking and I get dangerous when I think.

Should I?
Leave it alone?
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Old 08-27-2006, 06:57 PM   #2
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Mike,

When we were in the process of ordering our Flagstaff, we went through all of the available options with our dealer. Some we definitely wanted, others were considered "required options" which made no sense. Anyway, we asked him about the slide awnings. He said he personally did not like them. While they are designed to keep debris off the top of the slide, it still gets under the awning part and is harder to clean that it would be without the awning. So he talked us out of getting them.

Whenever we go camping we always like to walk around and look at the various campers in a campground. After we got our Flagstaff, which is the first one we have had with a slide, I made a point to see how many had awnings and how many did not. It seems in our travels the vast majority of owners do not have the awnings on their slides.

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Old 08-27-2006, 07:05 PM   #3
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Thanks for the response Kim. I check things closely before closing and my observations are the same as yours. I have a soft bristle brush I use now to insure its clear before closing.

As you stated this is also my first trailer with a slide.
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Old 08-27-2006, 07:19 PM   #4
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I had them on my last trailer and they are usless. Make a LOT of noise in the wind also.
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Old 08-28-2006, 07:54 AM   #5
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I guess it pretty much depends on how and where you camp. When were in the open it doesn't matter, but when were deep in the woods like this last weekend it makes a big difference. Besides it's a lot easier to clean the awning then the top of the slide. Also since it always seems to rain when were out I'd rather bring in a dry slide then water on top and a wet one.
Just another opinion.
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Old 08-28-2006, 02:56 PM   #6
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We have a slide awning on our new TT. Had one on the last TT also. While camping this weekend, it rained like Who-Knows-What. In fact, it stormed each day we were there. Never had a problem with it.
Yesterday, when we were ready to depart, I pulled the slide in and there was very little if any water over the slide. No leaves, not sticks. I think a slide topper(awning) is worth having IMHO.
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Old 11-23-2006, 10:57 AM   #7
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I have one on mine. I would not order another one without it. Nothing has gotten under it. All the wet leaves and acorns are dumped off as the slide comes it. The top of the slide is kept clean.

To me, it is a necessity. JMHO, whick only means any thing to me and "momma"!! LOL
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Old 11-23-2006, 08:51 PM   #8
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I am a believer in the slide toppers, seen too many people trying to sweep wet leaves off the top of the slide in the fall.

A secondary benefit of the slide topper is that it has to help keep some heat out of the trailer if the sun is beating on the slide. Along this same thought the slide topper keeps the UV rays from the sun off the slide seals, thus prolonging thier life.

My one gripe with the 12' slide is that the topper does gather water in a hard rain, I'm thinking of making up some "tent frames" out of PVC pipe to slide under the topper from each end to support it, anyone tried anything like this?

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Old 11-24-2006, 07:59 AM   #9
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Hi midnightpumkin. There have been several posts on RV net and a couple of other sites with the PVC pipe solution. It look like a lot of extra work and something else to carry along. Try 1 or two beach balls. No weight and you have an extra toy if you really do go to the beach.
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