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Old 12-03-2011, 08:02 AM   #11
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Usually, buying them with the trailer is the least expensive time to get them (unless you have to mortgage the farm with Gougem & Robbem Finance Co, of course).
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:27 AM   #12
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Now I am a little confused. I meet people in the parks in Az and it is about a 50 50 deal of like and dislike. My brother in law has them on a 2010 320RLDS and he dosn't like them and was talking about taking them off. They make so much noise in the wind that they have pulled in their slides at night so they could sleep.

We just had a big wind in Az a few days ago and several trailers have tattered slide covers in the park.

I think we could use them at home where we get debri from the trees and could possibly have to remove snow before running the slides in, so for us the jury is still out. In our situation, good at home, not so good in Az. Just my opinion.
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Old 12-03-2011, 11:42 AM   #13
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Now I am a little confused. I meet people in the parks in Az and it is about a 50 50 deal of like and dislike. My brother in law has them on a 2010 320RLDS and he dosn't like them and was talking about taking them off. They make so much noise in the wind that they have pulled in their slides at night so they could sleep.

We just had a big wind in Az a few days ago and several trailers have tattered slide covers in the park.

I think we could use them at home where we get debri from the trees and could possibly have to remove snow before running the slides in, so for us the jury is still out. In our situation, good at home, not so good in Az. Just my opinion.
I would imagine if someone lives in an area that is mostly windy they might be a pain. MOst of the people I know with them - and I know a lot - have said the wind flap is insignificant and the advantage of having them far outweighs the downsides...
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Old 12-03-2011, 01:57 PM   #14
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There are ways to deal with the flapping that range from downright Mickey Mouse (albeit effective), such as putting beach balls under the topper to putting sheets of foam insulation between the slide roof and the topper (I kinda like that one).
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:33 PM   #15
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Jeannie, using beach balls and tie straps do help with the flapping. Both methods cause the fabric to streach which can also be a problem. Our last wind storm had gusts over 40 mph and lasted two days. Infact the wind is still blowing off and on here. I can hear my neighbors golf cart cover flapping in the breeze from time to time.
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:34 PM   #16
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Here's another: http://www.awningairwedge.com

I bought a pair of these this year and have only used the once for 2 weeks. They solve the sagging problem but are some trouble to install. So far I have only used them if I am in one place for over a week.
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Old 12-03-2011, 08:22 PM   #17
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Jeannie, using beach balls and tie straps do help with the flapping. Both methods cause the fabric to streach which can also be a problem. Our last wind storm had gusts over 40 mph and lasted two days. Infact the wind is still blowing off and on here. I can hear my neighbors golf cart cover flapping in the breeze from time to time.
I never meant to imply that beach balls weren't effective (in fact, I did say they were) but they are a rather inelegant solution. I would think not over inflating the balls would reduce the likelyhood of stretching the fabric. Tie straps also work and would encourage water to drain off the ends instead of puddling in the center but would probably be more likely to cause stretching (puddling would also cause stretching so it's sort of a catch 22).

The Airwedge looks like a good idea but the website is a bit vague. It appears to be a one size fits all product (ask any large or petite woman about that myth; stand back when you do!) and gives no dimensions. That alone would make me nervous about the product. At least, other than being difficult to install, Norty1 was able to give it an endorsement.
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On the Air Wedge page, if you click the info tab it says

The dimensions of the RV Awning Airwedge™ are as follows; 8 feet long, 2 feet wide, 6 inches at rear, 2 inches at front. Actual dimensions will vary depending on how much it is inflated to meet your specific needs. Our research has shown that one RV Awning Airwedge™ will give sufficient support for slide-out topper awnings up to 14 feet long.
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On the Air Wedge page, if you click the info tab it says

The dimensions of the RV Awning Airwedge™ are as follows; 8 feet long, 2 feet wide, 6 inches at rear, 2 inches at front. Actual dimensions will vary depending on how much it is inflated to meet your specific needs. Our research has shown that one RV Awning Airwedge™ will give sufficient support for slide-out topper awnings up to 14 feet long.
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Here is one of the Air Wedges in place. It can be blown up on the ground and slipped into place. Does not have to be tight just snug.
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