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Our coach has 2 slide awnings, and it is 6 years old. Had to replace the material on one of them @ 2 years, and the other @ 4 years. On very windy nights, the cover material flaps so badly, we have to roll in the slides just to sleep. They collect a lot of dirt, which on foggy or damp nights turns to mud, and makes for a difficult cleaning process. Getting between to slide, and the awning is difficult, but made easier on top of a ladder, with a sponge style mop, on a long broom handle. When it rains they tend to collect gallons and gallons of water in the center, unless I shove a couple of beach balls under the awning. In short, They are a PITA, and personally I wish they weren't on there at all. This is JMHO. Hope this helps with you're decision.


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Pat Anderson wrote:

Also, DW Googled a bit, the slide awnings are available for around $200 - how difficult to install? I am not really handy with tool, do NOT want to be drilling any holes in the new Fox Mountain!

there are many different grades of awnings and materials. don't compare apples to oranges. and let the dealer do the installation if you are not handy with tools.
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I had one on my old Class A, but not on my FW I bought used. I thought I would miss the cover, but I don't.


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We wouldn't be without them. Ordered $1600 worth for three slides before we even did the PDI.

Let a dealer install them. The torsion spring can (and will) eat your arm up to the elbow!


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I don't have them; most of the reasons have already been stated, but with my last unit I did and from the weight of h2o and wind and getting slack they started to pull off the skin of my trailer and small holes opened that where not detectable at the onset but my unit delam'ed. They were installed by my dealer who is very reputable.
I don't like any penetration of the exterior for that reason.


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rmalik1 wrote:

I don't have them; most of the reasons have already been stated, but with my last unit I did and from the weight of h2o and wind and getting slack they started to pull off the skin of my trailer and small holes opened that where not detectable at the onset but my unit delam'ed. They were installed by my dealer who is very reputable.
I don't like any penetration of the exterior for that reason.


Sounds like something wasn't done right during the install of your toppers...I have 4 slide out toppers, and as I stated earlier, the 5er is almost 6 yrs old and I have zero issues....toppers still look very good...When it rained, I got out my little ladder, took a broom handle, pushed up on one side of the topper and the water ran off the other side, or I ran the slide in and back out, dumping all the water. I was camping in West Union SC several years ago when a Tornado touched down somewhere around Seneca/Wahalla (sp?) area, wind blew harder than I'd ever seen it blow and all toppers are still there, I never brought the slides in.. I Have spent numerous camping trips to Myrtle Beach and the Outer Banks where the wind blows so much at times that you don't normally leave your main awning out and I've still had no issues with the toppers...If the wind is really blowing, I do notice the topper over the bedroom slide out, but the only time it ever bothered me and had me worried was when the tornado passed close to West Union...that was scary...but again, no material tears or holes, no de-lam, nor a whole lot of flapping..

I guess a lot can depend on the type of material used, how well the toppers are installed and how well they are maintained.


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I guess a lot can depend on the type of material used, how well the toppers are installed and how well they are maintained.


yep, that pretty much boils it down. lots of side issues that can develop due to shoddy materials, construction, and installation.
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I've had them on 3 trailers - will have them on #4!

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We had one on our last rig, actually we had Sumner install it, it was a type I don't know if it's still made, that was NOT attached to the silder. So we could decide if we needed it. I could retract it in high winds (ie the Coast), but leave the slide out, out.

We had decided to "go without" on this rig, when Shawn called us to tell us that the Factory had accidentally installed awnings. The factory ate the cost.

We have found we really don't like the flapping noise on a windy night.


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n7bsn wrote:

We had one on our last rig, actually we had Sumner install it, it was a type I don't know if it's still made, that was NOT attached to the silder. So we could decide if we needed it. I could retract it in high winds (ie the Coast), but leave the slide out, out.

We had decided to "go without" on this rig, when Shawn called us to tell us that the Factory had accidentally installed awnings. The factory ate the cost.

We have found we really don't like the flapping noise on a windy night.


that is the type of slider awning that I have always recommended but I think the company no longer makes them???
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