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Old 08-21-2016, 09:27 PM   #1
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Some lessons learned with our slide out today!

Well...we have been camper owners for 10 years. In July we bought a 2017 Grey Wolf 26DBH. This camper is our first with a slide out. We didn't love the fact that the slide out did not come with an awning already installed on it. We had no clue when we bought it. Figured "hay it's a newer model and maybe they don't need them(for whatever reason)." After our first camping trip with it in July I told my husband that without a awning on it we will need to look on top of the slide prior to bringing it in each time (looking for any debris). After this trip today....let's just say we are buying that awning!! We did not have an issue with debris. Instead we had a issue with water. When we went to close up the camper it was POURING BUCKET'S outside. Didn't think to realize that the slide has water now sitting on top of it. Pulled it in and......water water everywhere!!! Luckily I noticed the water dripping off of it prior to us leaving and was able to clean up 90% of the water before we traveled. Pulled up at home and was able to put the slide back out and wipe any excess off the floor. Sad that some water came in...but lesson learned today!!!
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Old 08-21-2016, 10:49 PM   #2
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Slide toppers should be standard equipment with a slide. This is the first mod I am going to make to my trailer, because sooner or later we will all close up in the rain.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:20 AM   #3
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I've been contemplating the same thing. I need to take mine in for some warranty issues and I think in going to have them install an awning as well while they have it. This just gives me more reason to do so. Thanks for sharing.

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Old 08-22-2016, 10:38 AM   #4
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In the meantime, you can drop the nose so it will run off mostly before bringing it in.
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Old 08-22-2016, 03:10 PM   #5
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Well...we have been camper owners for 10 years. In July we bought a 2017 Grey Wolf 26DBH. This camper is our first with a slide out. We didn't love the fact that the slide out did not come with an awning already installed on it. We had no clue when we bought it. Figured "hay it's a newer model and maybe they don't need them(for whatever reason)." After our first camping trip with it in July I told my husband that without a awning on it we will need to look on top of the slide prior to bringing it in each time (looking for any debris). After this trip today....let's just say we are buying that awning!! We did not have an issue with debris. Instead we had a issue with water. When we went to close up the camper it was POURING BUCKET'S outside. Didn't think to realize that the slide has water now sitting on top of it. Pulled it in and......water water everywhere!!! Luckily I noticed the water dripping off of it prior to us leaving and was able to clean up 90% of the water before we traveled. Pulled up at home and was able to put the slide back out and wipe any excess off the floor. Sad that some water came in...but lesson learned today!!!
We had our new 26FKWS at #1 son's place NW of Houston for five days during the Monsoon in March (April ?). Rain gauge read 17.1 in in ONE 24 hr period.

Our two slides did not have awnings.

Bringing in the slides....not a drop of water.

Musta been the "squeegee" effect of the upper gaskets ???

Don't like those awnings anyway.....they flap,flap,flap when I am trying to sleep. And, though they keep pinecones, leaves, etc off the slide, they really don't do much for rain.
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Old 08-22-2016, 06:58 PM   #6
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Slide topper was negotiated as part of our purchase of our Roo 25RS
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Old 08-22-2016, 07:02 PM   #7
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Slide topper was negotiated as part of our purchase of our Roo 25RS
Good call. They are too expensive but your deal I like better.

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Even WITH slide toppers installed, water can accumulate on the top of the slide out. If you slightly un-level the RV front to back BEFORE you retract the slide, most of any accumulated water will run off. Once you have slide toppers, getting access to clean & lubricate the top slide seal becomes a real chore.
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Slide toppers are another one of those items that some folks love and others hate. We had them on our previous rig and opted NOT to get them on our current rig and are much happier without them. We found the toppers to be noisy unless you use some sort of deflapper, you still get water on your slides during a storm, and it's one more thing to replace and maintain.
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Old 08-23-2016, 07:53 PM   #10
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Well...we have been camper owners for 10 years. In July we bought a 2017 Grey Wolf 26DBH. This camper is our first with a slide out. We didn't love the fact that the slide out did not come with an awning already installed on it. We had no clue when we bought it. Figured "hay it's a newer model and maybe they don't need them(for whatever reason)." After our first camping trip with it in July I told my husband that without a awning on it we will need to look on top of the slide prior to bringing it in each time (looking for any debris). After this trip today....let's just say we are buying that awning!! We did not have an issue with debris. Instead we had a issue with water. When we went to close up the camper it was POURING BUCKET'S outside. Didn't think to realize that the slide has water now sitting on top of it. Pulled it in and......water water everywhere!!! Luckily I noticed the water dripping off of it prior to us leaving and was able to clean up 90% of the water before we traveled. Pulled up at home and was able to put the slide back out and wipe any excess off the floor. Sad that some water came in...but lesson learned today!!!
Had the exact same issue on our 26dbh this past weekend! I used a push broom to get most of the water off the slide. Luckily the campground we stayed at was only 40 minutes from home so we, too, we're able to run the slide out right away to clean up any excess water.
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