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Old 11-14-2012, 05:13 PM   #1
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Slide Toppers???

Hello campers.

I am a newbie to this forum but have been rving for a few days. We previously owned a 1996 class a with no slides.

My lovely bride and I recently bought a 8289WS with the diamond package. We love the space and low weight when towing. Very happy with the choice so far.

We opted at the point of purchase to not have the slides included as a bargaining point on this trailer. Now we are getting ready to put the trailer away for the year and debating on having color coordinated Slide Out Kover III with full fabric covers. Before dropping the coin to cover this expense maybe some of you would be willing to chime in on your thoughts of the pros and cons of slide toppers. I could really enjoy buying 1700.00 worth of diesel if the toppers are not really worth the expense.

I know I am opening a can or worms but this could be enlightening.

Thanks for your input

Jim
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Old 11-14-2012, 05:55 PM   #2
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Toppers.....One more thing to clean, one more thing repair, one more thing to roll in on a windy day……..but thats just my thoughts………..
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:06 PM   #3
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Toppers.....One more thing to clean, one more thing repair, one more thing to roll in on a windy day……..but thats just my thoughts………..

Using that rationale, why buy a camper with slides, or for that matter why buy a camper. I have factory installed toppers and the one advantage is that it keeps debris from collecting on the slides. This alone would be a deal maker for me, and that's the way I feel.
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:23 PM   #4
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I like the toppers on my Crusader. For the reasons Rugged Brown said. Never had any trouble with them in the wind or rain unlike the awning... always retract the awning when it's very windy. Just me
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Old 11-14-2012, 06:28 PM   #5
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Using that rationale, why buy a camper with slides, or for that matter why buy a camper. I have factory installed toppers and the one advantage is that it keeps debris from collecting on the slides. This alone would be a deal maker for me, and that's the way I feel.
You have your rationale , I have mine...I just don't like toppers...
especially with ocean winds….. And I respect your opinion……..
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:13 PM   #6
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A brief search on slide toppers here in the forum:

https://www.google.com/search?q=slid...iverforums.com

Must be 2,000 threads on that topic alone. Happy reading.
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Old 11-14-2012, 08:23 PM   #7
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I like our toppers,that said your bargining might have cost you more in the long run. The toppers are cheaper installed at the Factory when built. Toppers for the D package now will be S/Order for the color. Youroo!!
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Old 11-14-2012, 09:16 PM   #8
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I too prefer toppers. For the price they are well worth it. Unless of course you pay too much at the stealer. They aren't difficult to install if you're handy type.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:00 PM   #9
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Our Stealership convinced us we needed them stating that if our slide seals got damaged from a branch or pine cone getting squashed in there the seal replacement would be $thousands, so being newbies we believed them and decided to have them.

However when we collected our rig they were not fitted and they didn't have the correct size in stock so we had to leave topper less.

After more than 200 days of camping we have managed very well without them. If we camp under trees I just climb the ladder to make sure we don't have any branches or cones.

Just my 3 pence worth
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:01 PM   #10
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After the last go round, I started to pay attention to slide toppers if fitted. My own unspported findings is: campers in seasonal sites tend to skip them. Units for travel and short stays usually have them fitted. My conclusion is seasonals leave slides open all the time. No concern with collection from trees every few days, slides with toppers however are nearly self sweeping as they come in, and last longer when rolled up!
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