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shenandoahvalley

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We just purchased a new TT that came with slide awnings. My first thought was "great, no more climbing up and cleaning off the slides before departure". Well, we are sitting on the beach front in Myrtle Beach and last night the winds were 23-35 mph with gust to 45 according to the weather forecast. The dang slide awnings flapped so much I got up in the middle of the night and put the slides in. Now I'm not so sure they are all they are cracked up to be and I am at a loss on how to keep them from making all that noise. Also a little worried that the wind may rip them or pull them loose. Any suggestions?

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Yes they can be noisy but have never kept me awake and I don't worry about them ether. Some people put a strap over them, some build a pvc bridge to put under them or even a beach ball.


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try stuffing a beach ball in there, also will help water from pooling.

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That does not sound right. We have a slide awning and never had it flapping in the wind like you are saying. They may have to be adjusted to make the tighter.


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Either tie them down or retract the slides. No big deal. I have done both when at the beach


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We almost added them to our trailer and reading input on here and talking with folks that had them we decided to not install! We seem to attract wind no matter where we go!

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I've found that putting your rig at an angle to the wind will help decrease the flapping so you might experiment with how you're set-up vs. the wind. When it bothers us too much we strap 'em down or pull 'em in. For strapping we just use a thick string and tie it around the slide, securing the topper down.


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run a length of rope through a 1" PVC tube and place it on top of the topper with rope hanging out each end. The length of the tube should be about a foot more than the length of the awning. Stake the rope down using a tent stake and pull the awning down flat against the slide room roof. No flapping and you still leave the slide room open. About 40 MPH is the top wind speed I want to endure with the topper unsecured but with this little effort it makes it comfortable at most any wind speed.

The purpose of the PVC tube is to prevent the rope chaffing the edges of the awning as it tries to move around so be sure to let equal amount of overhang on each end of the awning.

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Skip, thanks for the tip...This seems the least expensive and easiest to handle. I will be off to Lowes in the morning.

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