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Old 12-30-2010, 08:16 AM   #11
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We keep ear plugs in the bedroom in any case. The 5th wheel has the master bedroom bed right under the plastic aerocap. In heavy rain it is like trying to sleep in a drum.

During our first long trip, we were forced to move to the livingroom sofa bed (before we got the ear plugs) because the rain noise was broken up by the topper on that slide and was actually quieter.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:45 AM   #12
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Yes, slide out toppes are a good thing but it must be snug meaning no sags when open. They do need to be clean just so they look good and before you pull in the slide out you should get on the roof and make sure there is nothing on there that might stick to the material and create a hole. The same go's for your over head awning.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:59 AM   #13
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I have to agree with rockwood06, in that having toppers doesn't eliminate the need for cleaning the pine cones and such off.
The one HUGE reason I bought them was to eliminate the potential of water getting past the slide seals and into the camper walls. The one thing I cannot fix is delamination, and I will do everything in my power to prevent it.
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:04 AM   #15
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The toppers they put on my slides are spring loaded, taut, and have anti-blowout arms attached.

The arms engage a stop on the wall so that a strong wind can not get under the wall attchment and "unroll" the awning material.
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Old 12-30-2010, 09:16 AM   #16
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In the past we've purchased a 5 year extended warranty. Most of the problems we've had have been in the first year. So this go around we paid for another year from Forest River only.

We've had slide cover in the past and found they made noise in the wind. Didn't order them and wanted to wait to see if we needed them. Have not ordered them yet.
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Old 12-30-2010, 04:55 PM   #17
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Are slide out awnings (mine is 2' slide out) somthing that can be installed by a do it your selfer?? The awning track is already factory installed above the slide out. Have looked at web sites for possible installation instructions but have found none...
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Old 12-30-2010, 10:17 PM   #18
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Thanks everyone for your imput. The people on this forum are a big help. Herk it appears that your Flagstaff would be the same as our Rockwood only a year apart. I wish I had ordered the toppers from the factory as you did. Have you been happy with your unit so far? Any problems that I should look for when I inspect when we pick up next week? Thanks again everyone. Larry.
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Are slide out awnings (mine is 2' slide out) somthing that can be installed by a do it your selfer?? The awning track is already factory installed above the slide out. Have looked at web sites for possible installation instructions but have found none...


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It is worth every penny and you can install it yourself to save money. It is not a hard job and the instructions are well explained if you are a good d.i.y. guy. Just need a help from a friend to finish the installation.
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