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Old 07-24-2013, 03:42 PM   #1
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Slide toppers...to be or not to be???

Like many things about RVing, slide toppers/covers seem to be a personal preference. My view is that while the manufacturer designed the slideout not to require a topper, a topper is just insurance against leaks. Also, I feel like toppers may help keep the RV cooler by creating shade and an air space over the slideout. I'm curious what the rest of you think about the investment, which is pretty pricey if you have several slideouts.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:06 PM   #2
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To be and worth the expense.......
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:17 PM   #3
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I just installed 2 on mine. keeps the debris out of the trailer interior.
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Old 07-24-2013, 04:23 PM   #4
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Thanks Sheriff1...had not thought of that one!

Thanks Fonzie...interested in why you are so in favor of the toppers.
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Keeps debris off slide roof, keep slide room cooler inside when in direct sunlight....

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Old 07-24-2013, 04:32 PM   #6
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My 27rlws came standard with toppers and boy am I glad. My brother in law has a 5th wheel with a slide and no topper. He closed his slide one very rainy day and did not check for debris from the trees. A branch ripped the top gasket of his slide pretty badly. The subsequent water damage as he drove home through the rain made a mess.
My only concern is that they flap pretty good in wind and I worry about rips
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Our fifth wheel didn't have one but but m/h does on all 3 slides. I like them. No need to check for pine needles or leaves on top of slides. They also keep water outside when we close up.
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Old 07-24-2013, 05:18 PM   #8
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Thanks for the quick responses. My last 2 RVs came with the toppers and I liked them for the same reasons you all have mentioned. I did not have to invest in them right out of pocket and that's why I'm trying to get input from you guys to help me justify $1200-1500 to myself. :-) I guess they are like awnings over the windows. You can't appreciate them until you've had them.
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I've only read of an extremely small number of people who have had them and wouldn't have them again. Most of those people camp in exposed and windy areas and had occasions where they've had to bring the slides in due to the flapping noise.

That said, I must camp in other areas because I've never heard mine. I have them and would have them again for the reasons listed above. I feel for the folks who talk about having to go up with a broom before bringing their slides in OR don't camp under trees to avoid that hassle. I *hate* being on my roof (heights fear) and the slide toppers let me avoid that more often!
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made the mistake of thinking we could get by without one.
1 year later, we were at CW getting one installed.
would've been cheaper to have it installed before we picked it up from the dealer.
have never regretted getting it and wouldn't have another RV without slide toppers.
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