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Old 06-21-2015, 08:24 PM   #1
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Question Slideout covers

Do slideout covers help? How long do they last before repair nesasary? Who makes the best ones?


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Old 06-22-2015, 09:25 AM   #2
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I am really surprised that you have not had any response to your question. I am wondering my self, for I need them for my 2015 Flagstaff 23FBDS.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:30 AM   #3
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My new trailer came with them and I do recommend them as they keep the slide out tops clean also. Last trailer had them also and it was 5 years old and showed very little wear but then again I would clean the also along with the roof of the trailer. Proper maintenance is the key to any products longevity. Later RJD
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:43 AM   #4
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Do slideout covers help? How long do they last before repair nesasary? Who makes the best ones?


Thanks for the info.
For me the slide toppers are a must, they help keep the slides clean and dry. They should last a long if properly maintained. Mine are made by Carefree and have had no issues so far. Hope this helps.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:45 AM   #5
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You only need them if you want to avoid having to sweep the top of your slides before you pull them in or want to avoid a lot of water being let inside if you pull them in after a rain storm. If those aren't concerns for you, then save the money. My 87" kitchen slide awning was quote by a local dealer at $530 installed. Like everything else, Dometic is the manufacturer they use. Hope that helps!
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:45 AM   #6
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If you're referring to the slide toppers, yes I certainly believe in having them.
They aren't really designed to keep rain off the top of the slide, although they certainly do perform that function. It's the debris from trees, leaves, sticks, and what-not that they are designed to catch so when you put your slide in, you don't have to either go on the roof to sweep off your slide top, or worry that some debris is going to tear your top slide seal.
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I have them and love them. They not only keep debris and water off the top of the slides but also keep the sun off the tops, thereby helping keep them cool. That's valuable here in the Southeast.
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Old 06-22-2015, 09:18 PM   #8
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I definitely wouldn't complain about having them, but can't seem to justify spending the money. Plus I'd hate to send my 13 year old son to the unemployment lines...
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:27 PM   #9
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I've had them on all three of my TT/5ers. Wouldn't be without them.
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Old 06-22-2015, 10:30 PM   #10
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During a heavy rain storm, the slide topper will help stop the rain from pushing past the top seal and soaking the inside of your trailer. This happened to me on my 2 year old grey wolf. Despite conditioning the seals and cleaning all debris off of the slide, it can happen! Consider it an investment and don't learn the hard way like I did.
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Had them on all 3 of units. Had one for 5 years with no repair work needed. It sat in sun all day for 5 years. Keeps water and sun off slide tops, sticks, leaves and bird poop out.
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Old 06-25-2015, 12:23 PM   #12
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Yep like everyone commented a good addition if you have them. Many positives to having them.
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Old 06-25-2015, 12:41 PM   #13
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I would not go without them. Keeps the trailer cooler inside, rain potential from entering, and debris off the top....Saves me about 20-30 minutes each time I close the trailer up after a trip. That alone makes it worth the cost.
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Yep Collage kid may miss a lunch maybe. Later RJD
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Old 07-05-2015, 05:06 PM   #15
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Has anyone installed yourselves? Was it difficult?
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Old 07-05-2015, 05:41 PM   #16
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I installed our toppers myself. If you follow the directions and have someone to help you, it's not too difficult. Take your time and don't skip any steps is key.
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Old 08-16-2015, 09:35 AM   #17
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Question New topper concern.

I recently had Camping World recommend that I replace my topper since it had a small tear and I was replacing the awning anyway. Although it had a small tear, it was always taut and kept the rain from pooling up. Now that I have the new one, tons of rain water pools up and when I close the slide, its like a waterfall. I didnt have this issue with the old one but now I do. Its made by Dometic.

So now the question; is the topper supposed to keep that water from pooling or is this normal?
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Old 08-16-2015, 11:16 AM   #18
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Slide Toppers

DW and I just ordered a V-Lite and got "toppers" as Texas sun heats slide out roofs something awful. Trash getting into seals in another issue also I hope to cut back.

I was told not to by previous dealer as "they flap in the wind". Well, put something under them!

Your awning needs to be tilted down somewhere. Our trailer we are replacing could not be adjusted and only option was roll it up. I miss the old manual ones with braces back to the coach that could be lowered until the door almost touched them and you would be good unless a "FROG" strangler came along.

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I recently had Camping World recommend that I replace my topper since it had a small tear and I was replacing the awning anyway. Although it had a small tear, it was always taut and kept the rain from pooling up. Now that I have the new one, tons of rain water pools up and when I close the slide, its like a waterfall. I didnt have this issue with the old one but now I do. Its made by Dometic.

So now the question; is the topper supposed to keep that water from pooling or is this normal?
Looks like they have the spring tension set too loose, take it back and make them redo on their dime.
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