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We are about to order our new Sandpiper and the dealer said awnings over the slides is a great investment, $1000 option. I see more pros than cons but have heard they can flap in the wind making it noisy inside. What is the best way to go on this? As always thanks for all of the great advice everyone has provided so far.
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"Awnings over slides necessary?" Not for me. Convenient maybe, but not necessary. One more thing-a-majig to mess up.


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I have them and sometimes wish I didn't. Pulling in slides during high wind and loosing 1/2 our inside space until the wind drops. Plus side, keeps the STUFF off the top of the slides.


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NO but they're nice. If they were necessary they wouldn't be an option.


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Mine didn't have them and I wished it did until I saw them flying up like balloons in a windstorm at a CG in Utah. On one trailer they ripped the guts out of the retractor on two slides rendering them into useless sails. I don't know what the owner finally did about it, he was the CG host and we left before he figured out what he was going to do. Since then I have not been so wishful for slide toppers.


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Yes, they can flap and vibrate in strong wind, being somewhat annoying. Second, if they are not mounted to provide an outward slope in the fabric they tend to collect water from rain or rooftop A/Cs. The fabric also eventually needs replacing - just did mine on a 2004 rig.

Benefits I guess include keeping the top clean (and not having to sweep off debris) and they may also keep out some heat since the sun does not shine directly on the top of the slide.


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I like mine, they don't make noise in the wind? If they are flapping and noisy them somebody did not do a good install (wrong pitch and spring tension). I like the fact that when I bring in my slide when its rainning my floor won't get wet when the water runs off the top of the slide room onto the carpet. Thats why I put one on!


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I guess we are in the minority. We have had them on two trailers and have not had a problem. Current unit has over 20,000 miles on it and no problems. Not like the electric awning that has been a pain as we cannot have it out in any breeze.


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I like ours especially since I pulled the rooms in prior to getting them installed and because it was raining and the leaves had collected on the roofs of the slides it brought in one hell of a mess. And no those seals do not remove the debris. The best it can do is push the leaves and twigs to the flange.....

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Had them on our last camper, would not put them on again, wind noise and a place for water to accumulate, not necessary.

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