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Old 05-22-2011, 11:02 PM   #1
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Slide cover - for seasonal sites...

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Today, my son & I visited our seasonal camp site and installed a Topper over our seasonal site TT's 15 ft slide. Unlike traditional store bought soft covers, this is a removeable hard cover. To remove, I simply remove 6 horizonal pins, remove a few screws on the panel overlap sections, and it can all be removed in 3 light weight sections. If wondering, this cover will rename "in place" until we move our TT. During winter snow months, I simply pull the slide in and allow more slope on this topper.

If researching to build your own "removable slide cover" for your seasonal site TT's slide, this design might work for your needs as well.

Before: http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...e/100_0358.jpg

After (now):
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...ite/Cover3.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...CoverFront.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...ite/Cover6.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...ite/Cover5.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w.../CoverEnd1.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w.../CoverEnd2.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w.../CoverGap1.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w.../CoverGap2.jpg
http://i178.photobucket.com/albums/w...e/CoverTop.jpg

Hope this helps others...

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Old 05-23-2011, 06:58 AM   #2
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Nice job, I wish I was that handy. Cheers
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Old 05-23-2011, 07:28 AM   #3
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Nice job. Is the frame steel or aluminum? What is it covered with? Glass or Aluminum? How heavy is it? Sorry about all the questions but I'm planning on doing something similar.
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Should put this in the mod my rv section...
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Hi there..

The steel supports are galvanized. I suspect some minor rusting where I welded it together.

The top material is light weight plastic sheets. Some folks call them fibreglass sheets. The proper term is "Polycarbonate" sheets. Same stuff they put on shed roofs, sun rooms and green houses. re: http://www.iwilltry.org/w/images/thu...uth_roof_6.jpg

If wondering, I bought these 2ft wide by 8ft long sheets (which I cut down to 4 ft lengths using a hand grinder) at my local lumber store. They had them on the shelf and "on sale". But, most lumber stores have them as special order items. Instead of buying high cost special screws, I used normal flat washers, screws and put some clear silicone under each washer. And, on the exposed screw head. Thus, sealing its contact and slowing down its natural rust as well.

Each panel (3 panels in total) can be lifted with one hand. Approx 5-8 lbs each panel. The 3 x vertical poles are telescopic and support weight of the panels. NO weight on the slide's outer edge. And best of all, the weight of the poles hold the light weight panels down - in case a strong wind gets under these panels. I picked dark green color because the panels were avaialble and on sale. Some folks might pick a different color.

Hope this helps in your research....

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...Hope this helps in your research....

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Yes. Thank you!
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I like it! How are the 3 vertical poles anchored to the ground?
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I like it! How are the 3 vertical poles anchored to the ground?
When the ground dries out, I'll be putting them 1 ft into the ground. They will be held in place with a long horizontal bolt on its deepest end. Thus, stopping them from being accidentally "kicked out" - when a peddle bike handle bar hits them (as a kid rides around our TT). Even without anchoring into the ground, its very unlikely a strong wind will lift them. Those thick wall telescopic steel poles are heavy weight.

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When the ground dries out, I'll be putting them 1 ft into the ground. They will be held in place with a long horizontal bolt on its deepest end. Thus, stopping them from being accidentally "kicked out" - when a peddle bike handle bar hits them (as a kid rides around our TT). Even without anchoring into the ground, its very unlikely a strong wind will lift them. Those thick wall telescopic steel poles are heavy weight.

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