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Old 04-30-2018, 07:37 AM   #1
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Cost of adding slide topper

So we have a new Catalina 293rlds ready to pick up in June. I decided a slide topper on the superslide would be a good idea and asked the dealer for a quote. He quoted 700$ to add the slide.
Is this reasonable? Should we wait until it is on our seasonal site and have a local RV tech add the topper or shop around? We cannot pull the trailer ourselves and it will be on a permanent site full time about 150 miles from the dealer.
Any advice?
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:18 AM   #2
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We had 4 added to our fifth wheel when we purchased it last year. It cost us $2600 for the 4 of them, so I'm thinking the $700 for the superslide is not an outrageous cost.

I have had campers with and without them and over the long-haul, I think they are worth every penny.
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Old 04-30-2018, 11:21 AM   #3
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Yes that's reasonable.
If you had it added by the factory, it would have been MUCH cheaper.
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Old 04-30-2018, 11:26 AM   #4
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You can always do this yourself if you're a DIY'er.

They sell slide toppers on amazon, we paid around $250 for our, and I installed it in about 1/2 hour.
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You can always do this yourself if you're a DIY'er.

They sell slide toppers on amazon, we paid around $250 for our, and I installed it in about 1/2 hour.
Or do a combination of both. Call around and get quotes from a mobile RV tech to install a slide topper at your site, if you supply the topper itself, then buy one off of Amazon. You might save a $100 to $200 doing it that way.
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I installed 3 toppers for 875 bucks purchased from Amazon. My son and I installed them in one day with no problems.
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Old 04-30-2018, 01:32 PM   #7
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You can always do this yourself if you're a DIY'er.

They sell slide toppers on amazon, we paid around $250 for our, and I installed it in about 1/2 hour.
Is it a nice quality topper? I have one side that I would like to do this to on the bedroom. My other two slides have the peak on them so I can't add one of those.
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Old 04-30-2018, 03:50 PM   #8
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When CW had them on sale the install was on sale too. Had 4 installed there for $2100.
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Old 04-30-2018, 04:40 PM   #9
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When I have looked into this, it seemed that the price varied considerably with length. Some toppers are a lot cheaper than others, simply due to how large/long they are.

I'd recommend pricing out what it would cost you to buy a properly sized one from etrailer or your other favorite online RV parts retailer.

That will give you a good idea on the deal you're getting. If a properly sized topper costs $180 from a retailer, then I'd think $700 would be a bit high. But, if the topper cost $300, then maybe $700 is fair.

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slide toppers come in different quality fabric and the mechanisms are good better and best. $700 for a good quality is reasonable
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Old 04-30-2018, 06:32 PM   #11
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Thanks for the info

As always we are learning a lot on this forum. Thanks to everyone. we can call the RV tech shop near our campground and get a second quote. The specs do not give the length of the superslide so I don't know how to order a topper for it. I think it is about 10 feet but am sure we need more accurate info. I can call the dealer and ask for that info.
Any recommendations on good quality toppers?
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As always we are learning a lot on this forum. Thanks to everyone. we can call the RV tech shop near our campground and get a second quote. The specs do not give the length of the superslide so I don't know how to order a topper for it. I think it is about 10 feet but am sure we need more accurate info. I can call the dealer and ask for that info.
Any recommendations on good quality toppers?
Get out a measuring tape and measure it. That way, you get an exact measurement and not depend on someone who probably has no idea to tell you what they found on the internet.
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Old 04-30-2018, 09:34 PM   #13
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I installed 3 toppers for 875 bucks purchased from Amazon. My son and I installed them in one day with no problems.
Can you tell us how you did it ?
Was ir simple L, or did it require drilling into your TT ?
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Would love to But

I would love to measure the slide in person but it is 1500 miles away near Duluth while we are in Florida until June. There is also not a dealer with catalinas nearby.
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I was quoted 450 by our dealer to add it to our 2019 grey wolf 26dbh. Our slide is about 8-10’ not 100% sure. I opted to wait since I plan on cleaning off the slide before retraction but if water leaks in I’ll prob get it. I asked if forest river would install one and he claimed they just do it at the dealer ie more money for them that’s why I passed since I’ve seen you tube vids of guys installing it and buying the cheaper.
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I was quoted 450 by our dealer to add it to our 2019 grey wolf 26dbh. Our slide is about 8-10’ not 100% sure. I opted to wait since I plan on cleaning off the slide before retraction but if water leaks in I’ll prob get it. I asked if forest river would install one and he claimed they just do it at the dealer ie more money for them that’s why I passed since I’ve seen you tube vids of guys installing it and buying the cheaper.
I think your slide is just under 14 feet but should use a 14' long or longer topper to get extended past the edges for full coverage. If that is a quality topper that price installed is great!
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Old 05-12-2018, 06:59 AM   #17
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CW Slide Topper

Have one on order from CW. Estimated cost is $550 including installation. Emphasize that the cost is ESTIMATED and I fully expect it to run more after they're done.
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Old 05-12-2018, 12:28 PM   #18
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To get the right size you need to measure the slide outside edge of the flange, edge to edge and add 6 inches. Rvpartscountry has pretty good deals. Dometic Deluxe RV Slide Topper Awnings

I paid $1200 plus for 3 (90", 120" & 144") that my rv dealer installed. Can't recall the exact price.
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You can always do this yourself if you're a DIY'er.

They sell slide toppers on amazon, we paid around $250 for our, and I installed it in about 1/2 hour.
I'm wanting to add a slide topper, my hubby thinks we should have a pro install. He is mostly concerned with drilling into the camper and causing a leak. I think that we have more interest than anyone to make sure all the screw holes are sealed properly. What did you use to do so? How many screws go into the walls? We installed a sunset awning on our house years ago and are fairly adept at home repairs etc.

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I paid 400 for mine and installed it myself. Needed to have a buddy help with it. Was an easy install, 2 hours. Well worth it for peace of mind.
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