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Old 05-12-2014, 02:20 PM   #1
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Slide topper issue

I'm wondering if anyone else has a problem with their slide toppers filling up with water. To me it seems as if when slide is out there isn't enough tension to hold the topper tight thus allowing it it fill with water when raining. Should I be worried or is this common? If not normal is there anyway I could fix that without bringing the unit to the dealer. All info will be helpful
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:27 PM   #2
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I'm wondering if anyone else has a problem with their slide toppers filling up with water. To me it seems as if when slide is out there isn't enough tension to hold the topper tight thus allowing it it fill with water when raining. Should I be worried or is this common? If not normal is there anyway I could fix that without bringing the unit to the dealer. All info will be helpful
I haven't had a problem, but I've seen a few toppers sagging and full of water. I don't think it's too common, though. Maybe it happens over time when the fabric stretches.

I have heard people talking about sliding a big piece of styrofoam between the roof of the slide and the slide topper. Sounds like it might work, but I've never seen it done.
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:34 PM   #3
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Thanks for suggestion. The dang camper is brand new. Never even slept in it yet. Lol
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Old 05-12-2014, 02:37 PM   #4
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I found that my awning had water build up in in over the winter. I am thinking of adding tension. I will wait to see the replies you get back.

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Old 05-12-2014, 03:05 PM   #5
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My slide topper had the same problem. Added 4 additional rounds on tension to both ends and it wasn't enough, so added 4 more for a total of 8 additional rounds to both ends. Now, the rain water does not sit on the awning and no adverse effects of the re-tensioning.
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:07 PM   #6
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Just kind of glanced at the awning roller this morning to see if there was some way to adjust the tension like a garage roll up door. But really didn't see anything without grabbing a ladder
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Old 05-12-2014, 03:07 PM   #7
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Old coot how did u make that adjustment
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I've had three RVs now with toppers. All but the current one held water. Two on my current one have much more slope from mount rail to roller because of rail height. The negative side of this is that more awning us exposed while driving. I worry about flapping on the highway. Now birds build next between roller and rail while slide is closed. Seems the water pooling was not an issue. I just closed the slide after a rain to drain it. Worried about tightening tension on rollers and added stress to canvass.

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Old coot how did u make that adjustment
Run the slide out about 8"-10", remove the 4 screws on the brackets holding the hex shaft and slide the hex shaft to remove it from the awning bracket all the while holding on to the awning bracket. Once the shaft is pulled back, wind the bracket to increase the tension. Repeat on the opposite end. Slide the hex shaft back into the brackets without replacing the screws, extend the slide, water test and repeat the re-tensioning if necessary. DO NOT try to re-tension if the slide is fully extended. If it is ok, re-install the set screws.
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Would be interested too. Just been out 3 times in new trailer, 2 nights of rain and twice it collected water. My slide topper is the larger one over dinette and couch slide. No problem with the small wardrobe slide topper.
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