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Old 10-27-2017, 11:46 PM   #1
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Does anyone have a solution to prevent slide toppers from going nuts when the wind gets crazy?I am a snowbird who spends 2-3 months in Desert Hot Springs Cal. Thanks Lary
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Old 10-28-2017, 12:04 AM   #2
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I have one that is overstretched and I put a small toy beach ball under it to take the slack out. Stops the flapping.
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Old 10-28-2017, 12:31 AM   #3
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Not applicable to those cloth toppers, but I just bungee mine down with minor tension. It's a thin gauge sheet of aluminum that I had cut to give me overhang on all 3 sides and one long edge with a 1/4 inch 90 bend so that it lays in the rain gutter.
I was gone all summer in another RV and I left this just as you see in the picture. I did NOT know Hurricane Harvey was going to happen while I was away. I wasn't really too worried about the slide topper, as much as the RV floating away.
The water line, when I got home, was about 1 1/2 inches below the floor. I can't find a single thing damaged except I now expect the motors on the electric stabilizers will probably not last. (They both work now)
I can't believe that sheet of aluminum stayed up there. But I do have wind-breaks on all 4 sides since I live in deep woods.

By the way, the insurance claim on the stick and mortar (My kids and grandkids live in it) is 6 figures . It's hilarious that my 20K tinyhouse came out of it with nothing but a nasty layer of scum all over it.

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Old 10-28-2017, 12:44 AM   #4
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Beach ball

Just get a cheap .99 beach ball and put it under the slide topper. Just do not forget to remove it when you leave!! Only blow it up about 1/2 way. There is a bunch of hot air on this forum that should help inflate the ball.
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Old 10-28-2017, 01:52 AM   #5
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Thanks for the info.
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Old 10-28-2017, 08:59 PM   #7
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I like snakebittens idea and have used it, it works.
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Thanks GWcamp. I admit it's a bit analog. I mean, it's not push-button.
But it has zero wear&tear, and the slideout roof top is kept pristine.

I just could never get my head around the zero crown roof out there. The main roof has a really nice crown in it. Enough that pooling of water is just not likely.

My redneck slide topper definitely provides guaranteed runoff.
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