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Old 12-29-2010, 04:57 PM   #1
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Are slide awnings a good idea?

I will be picking up our new Rockwood 8265WS fifth wheel on January 7th. Our dealer says he will install slide awnings on the three slide outs for $900.00. What are the pros and cons of having them? Also they offer an extended warranty thru Portfolio for 7 years for $1800.00, with full refund if not used or the extra 1 year from Forest River for $150.00. Any advise on them would be appreciated as well. Thank-you.
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:08 PM   #2
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Yes on the covers,yes on the 150$ one year,your call on the 7 year! Youroo!!
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Old 12-29-2010, 05:38 PM   #3
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The slideout awnings are worth every penny, keeping trash and water off of your slides. Also keeps the camper cooler. The $150 2nd year is a bargain. The 7 year warranty is really only for 5, as the first two are covered, and few things will go wrong after the first two years of factory warranty. The only big thing I would worry about is sidewall delamination, but what are the odds of that happening?
But, if you bought the 7 year, you wouldn't have to spend the $150, so the decision would be if $1650 is worth the peace of mind? Maybe.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:20 PM   #4
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This argument has been made several times on the forum. This would be a good "Search" if you want a ton of opinions on the subject.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:27 PM   #5
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The slideout awnings are worth every penny, keeping trash and water off of your slides. Also keeps the camper cooler. The $150 2nd year is a bargain. The 7 year warranty is really only for 5, as the first two are covered, and few things will go wrong after the first two years of factory warranty. The only big thing I would worry about is sidewall delamination, but what are the odds of that happening?
But, if you bought the 7 year, you wouldn't have to spend the $150, so the decision would be if $1650 is worth the peace of mind? Maybe.
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The seven year warranty DOESN'T cover sidewall delam (at least from my dealer). I paid that much for my warranty 2.5 years ago but I am in Canada also (read; we pay more).

I have a slide without a cover... what I pain to clean every time I retract.
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Old 12-29-2010, 06:37 PM   #6
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I will be picking up our new Rockwood 8265WS fifth wheel on January 7th. Our dealer says he will install slide awnings on the three slide outs for $900.00. What are the pros and cons of having them? Also they offer an extended warranty thru Portfolio for 7 years for $1800.00, with full refund if not used or the extra 1 year from Forest River for $150.00. Any advise on them would be appreciated as well. Thank-you.
...FYI - $900.00 for dealer installed slide toppers doesn't seem out of line, at least compared to factory-installed cost. We paid $625.00 for two (one large and one small $350 and $275 respectively), on our factory-order 2010 8315BSS. They keep most of the tree crud and rain of the slide-out roofs and are worth-while from our perspective.

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Old 12-29-2010, 07:45 PM   #7
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When I ordered my Flagstaff I ordered it from the factory with the toppers pre-installed. They were 150.00 per small topper and I have 3 small slides (450.00 total cost).

What sold it to me was rain on the roof. Water will puddle on the slide roof and it comes right on inside when you close the slide packing up in the rain. The toppers keep rain off the slide roof and light snow will roll right off when you button up departing a snowy campground.
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slide toppers-yes, 2nd year FR warranty-yes.

7 year aftermarket warranty-NO!
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Old 12-29-2010, 10:26 PM   #9
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We purchased the 6 year extended for piece of mind with our Rockwood 8317SS in June. Once A/C unit pretty much covers the cost IF it should go bad. As for the slide toppers, I wish our dealer offered us an option for one. Now it will be $600 for one to be installed, I say your getting a good deal.
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Old 12-30-2010, 07:45 AM   #10
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Slide toppers are nice, keeps the junk off the slide out room(s), if its real windy they may flap some and keep you awake at night.
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