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Old 11-01-2015, 06:01 PM   #11
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Oh, and those that don't have em and state they climb up on a ladder to clean them off..yeah can just see me doing that in a rain while trying to get ready to leave. Nooooo Waaaay.
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May not work for some people; but really not a problem for us. This just happened when we left Iowa for AZ. While I had my rain coat on to do the hitching and 'picking-up-camp', I just got out our 4-step stepstool and cleaned the slide off.
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Old 11-01-2015, 06:10 PM   #12
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I would not have an rv without them. We camp in the snow every winter when we snowmobile. The snow just rolls off as the slide comes in. If the snow is wet and heavy I have had to brush it off before retracting because the snow causes a dip in the awning not allowing it to repel the snow when retracting, but most of the time it just rolls off.
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Old 11-01-2015, 06:55 PM   #13
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Our dealer talked us out of them Never had them but maybe next time.......
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Old 11-01-2015, 10:36 PM   #14
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Our dealer talked us out of them Never had them but maybe next time.......
I'm curious, what did he say?

I'd never leave home without them, but that's just me.
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Old 11-01-2015, 10:47 PM   #15
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Necessary? Heck no.

Super convenient and possibly beneficial from a heat perspective (my heat ingress issues are my windows- BY FAR).
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Old 11-01-2015, 10:57 PM   #16
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You can tighten both torsion springs on the slide toppers to eliminate that problem.
I looked at doing that. The edge seams are very tight. The inner material is loose almost like its stretched a bit. I'm wondering if I loosened one side to allow it to drain would it track right when rolling up. Probably not. My hybrid was like that and never held water.
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Old 11-02-2015, 01:35 PM   #17
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Lots of advantages, two that quickly come to mind is the topper will provide shade so in theory should help the AC in cooling your trailer. The other is to keep the water and dirt out of your slide seals. I think there a good investment. I never sweep the topper off, when I pull in the slide the dirt falls off as it retracts.


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I had them on all my other trailers and loved it. My 08 5er, new to me, doesn't have one. I talked to the service manager where I bought this and he told me to figure 4 to 500 to get one installed. Sounds like good insurance to me. Guess what I am having done soon!

As for things getting blown under it, if I noticed anything I would use a high pressure hose nozzle and wash it off. Then let it dry before putting the slide in.

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Old 11-02-2015, 01:41 PM   #18
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We just finished a trip to FDR campground in Pine Mountain Ga. The leaves and pine straw was falling like crazy. My toppers kept the slides nice and clean. The only problem I have had is water pooling on the main slide. I'm still trying to figure that one out. it's not a huge issue but more of an annoyance than anything. I'll always have toppers on my trailers.
You can adjust the spring tension on it to stop the water pooling. I don't remember how but I am sure someone here can tell you how. Just got to ask.

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Old 11-02-2015, 01:52 PM   #19
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It should be standard on all rv with slide out
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Old 11-02-2015, 02:10 PM   #20
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I looked at doing that. The edge seams are very tight. The inner material is loose almost like its stretched a bit. I'm wondering if I loosened one side to allow it to drain would it track right when rolling up. Probably not. My hybrid was like that and never held water.
Not uncommon on LONGER slide toppers.
The roller tube on most slide toppers is smaller than a roller tube on a main awning. The roller tube flexes more and leaves the center somewhat loose.
If you look down along the tube when the slide is extended you'll probably see it bowed a bit towards the RV. Typical.
Tightening the springs just adds undue pressure to the roller anchor points, fabric and slide frame. In some cases, tightening too much to overcome the sag, will keep the slide from extending into full-out position.

Holding water isn't really a problem. It will make a bit of a mess when the slide is put in but it won't hurt anything. (maybe if it freezes it could come down as a big chunk)

There's lots of discussion about using an inflatable beach ball or making a PVC support. All things you must remember to install and remove.

Dometic does make a slide topper tube support cradle kit which could help should you so desire. (comes in many colors)
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