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Old 12-16-2015, 12:17 PM   #1
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slide out toppers YEA or NEA

slide out toppers YEA or NEA.
pro and cons please, who uses them and who does not and why?

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Old 12-16-2015, 12:57 PM   #2
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Yea for sure. They provide shade for the top of slide, they keep it clean, no leaves and debris inside the camper rotting in between trips, plus additional rain protection.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:01 PM   #3
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12 years and 2 trailers with slides and never once did I wish I had them. the only time I had anything on the slide was after a storm. a couple minutes with a hose and it was clean. and on my current trailer I have 2 skylights in the slide out, so an awning would cover them. not necessary in my opinion.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:21 PM   #4
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Yea for sure. They provide shade for the top of slide, they keep it clean, no leaves and debris inside the camper rotting in between trips, plus additional rain protection.
Same here, would not buy a trailer without them !
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:38 PM   #5
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There are distinct schools of thoughts on toppers:
  • Have had them and will always have them (equally split with the never had/no reason)
  • Have never had them and see no reason for them (equally split with the have had and always will have)
  • Have had them and won't again (rare, but it happens)

I fall into the first category. Have had them and appreciate having them. I won't go without.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:42 PM   #6
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I think it really depends on the area you will be camping. I camp in an area that is covered with trees. If I did not have a slide topper on I would be constantly cleaning needles and other junk that falls off the trees. But if you are in an area that does not have that much you could get away with it. Like everything in comes down to $$$. You could spend money and not have to clean the slide when you bring it in or save them and clean the slide. JMHO
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:48 PM   #7
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There are distinct schools of thoughts on toppers:
  • Have had them and will always have them (equally split with the never had/no reason)
  • Have never had them and see no reason for them (equally split with the have had and always will have)
  • Have had them and won't again (rare, but it happens)

I fall into the first category. Have had them and appreciate having them. I won't go without.
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Old 12-16-2015, 01:50 PM   #8
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I have them and find them very useful, otherwise, I have to carry a fold up ladder to clean off the leaves and/or pine straw. If not cleaned off before rolling the slide in, the trash comes with it.
I can assure you seagull poop does not fall off once it is deposited on top of a slide. I would rather have it rolled up outside than splattered all over the top of the slide and inside.
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Old 12-16-2015, 02:11 PM   #9
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There are distinct schools of thoughts on toppers:
  • Have had them and will always have them (equally split with the never had/no reason)
  • Have never had them and see no reason for them (equally split with the have had and always will have)
  • Have had them and won't again (rare, but it happens)

I fall into the first category. Have had them and appreciate having them. I won't go without.
I'm in the second category. Although my slides go out in April and don't come in until October, so I don't have to worry about what's on top of them quite as much as others. They get cleaned off along with my roof a few times a year.
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Old 12-16-2015, 02:19 PM   #10
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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.
No cons that I can think of other then some flapping noise when windy.


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