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Apologies for the crossthread if you're also on the Jayco Owners forum. I have a 2015 Jay Flight 33RLDS & I'd like to add an awning to the door side slide. Has anyone ever done this? Is it even possible? Thanks.


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Not 100% sure about your Jayco, but from what I understand it needs to be done during the build..


I was told my a manufacturer a few years back that they NEED to "pack out" behind the slide for the awning rails to mount to for support....


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Don’t see why not. A lot would depend on the skills of the installer.
My question would be what is the effect on the slide when the wind buffets the awning?
Is there room to add the awning over the slide so it is attached to the trailer?


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ford truck guy wrote:

Not 100% sure about your Jayco, but from what I understand it needs to be done during the build..
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I don't think so. Take a look online and you should be able to see many options. A friend of mind just did this and said it was pretty easy. I was looking into one just before I sold my trailer back in 2009.


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ford truck guy wrote:

Not 100% sure about your Jayco, but from what I understand it needs to be done during the build..

I was told my a manufacturer a few years back that they NEED to "pack out" behind the slide for the awning rails to mount to for support....


That may have been a sales pitch..."you can't get it unless you buy the overpriced option from us."

Usually, they build the main box the same and just bolt on the extras.

Obviously, check to makes sure there is a stud you can attach too but it's unlikely they built it out differently.


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Top of the wall has to have a 2x running the entire length just like your house wall otherwise there's nothing to attach the vertical studs to.


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valhalla360 wrote:

ford truck guy wrote:

Not 100% sure about your Jayco, but from what I understand it needs to be done during the build..

I was told my a manufacturer a few years back that they NEED to "pack out" behind the slide for the awning rails to mount to for support....


That may have been a sales pitch..."you can't get it unless you buy the overpriced option from us."

Usually, they build the main box the same and just bolt on the extras.

Obviously, check to makes sure there is a stud you can attach too but it's unlikely they built it out differently.


Thought that at first, but it was the manufacturer rep.. she tossed in the 2nd awning when dealing with her but we had to decide before the build... so, no cost to us

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Another option is a telescoping latter and a swiss broom....I'm being serious.
We've had trailer's with slide toppers and those without and prefer those without.

After owning a trailer with slide toppers for duration " 10 years " I've come to the conclusion that sweeping off the top and treating the seals trumps fighting mildew and dry rot seals.

Our latest trailer has no toppers over the slides and we leave slides out year around.....much preferred. Ymmv

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kellem wrote:

Another option is a telescoping latter and a swiss broom....I'm being serious.
We've had trailer's with slide toppers and those without and prefer those without.

After owning a trailer with slide toppers for duration " 10 years " I've come to the conclusion that sweeping off the top and treating the seals trumps fighting mildew and dry rot seals.

Our latest trailer has no toppers over the slides and we leave slides out year around.....much preferred. Ymmv


That's what I currently do. Have considered a slide topper but how do you keep a puddle of water from forming in rainstorms?

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Mike134 wrote:

kellem wrote:

Another option is a telescoping latter and a swiss broom....I'm being serious.
We've had trailer's with slide toppers and those without and prefer those without.

After owning a trailer with slide toppers for duration " 10 years " I've come to the conclusion that sweeping off the top and treating the seals trumps fighting mildew and dry rot seals.

Our latest trailer has no toppers over the slides and we leave slides out year around.....much preferred. Ymmv


That's what I currently do. Have considered a slide topper but how do you keep a puddle of water from forming in rainstorms?


13 years with 2 trailers and no toppers and now 3 years and toppers on all 3 slides. I would never have a slide out without toppers. The water that does collect will come off when putting the slide in.

* This post was edited 10/26/21 03:59pm by dodge guy *


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