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Old 08-27-2014, 11:38 PM   #31
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I think I'd be one of the few that probably won't get them next time. We've had them on most of our rigs. I can think of the same amount of "must have" reasons as I can "don't want" reasons. Kind of a coin toss with us. I could write a lengthy post on it, but no need as everybody has their own preferences and opinions of them. With the Silverback, your out of luck even if you wanted them. We're on the hunt for a new RV now, or at least after ours sells, but slide toppers isn't a must have on the list.

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Old 08-28-2014, 12:24 AM   #32
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Originally Posted by ottawapaul View Post
Been thinking about getting slide toppers. I can see the full benefits when I camp up north all summer under the trees. Like the idea of quieter when slide has the bed. BUT I'd like some input from those who camp down south in windy areas. I spend winter in the rio grande valley in Texas, where the winds can blow for several days. I've seen some toppers that have started to rip. Is this common? And how annoying can this be in the wind?

We stayed at Waterton NP last week, the wind was howling over the lake like crazy for a few days (Waterton is famous for that). It got so bad, we had to pull the slides in, the toppers were flapping sure but they were the least of our worries. There wasn't a single tent left standing that weekend.

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Old 08-28-2014, 05:34 AM   #33
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There are 3 kinds of campers.

Lots of money and will spend it on anything and everything.
lots of money and won't spend it on anything
A little money and don't like being raped by the stealership.

I would put them on mine but the price is just rediculous, more than the main awning. It is just another way for the stealership to take your money.
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Old 08-28-2014, 05:35 AM   #34
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I have toppers on all five of my slide outs. I would get them again. If topper fabric stretches, you would not really notice since the roller tube is spring loaded. I took one of mine off to fix a different problem and I think the water pooling is due to not installing the rail high enough on the side of the camper for drainage. I have been through heavy rains with no water collection on mine. Rail installation placement may be limited on some trailers. I have seen lots of stuff fall off the toppers when I retracted the slides after camping in a forest. My topper fabric is just as heavy as my main awning.
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Old 08-28-2014, 06:05 AM   #35
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Don't have them and still young enough to climb up and clean off.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:19 AM   #36
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Originally Posted by OKI Marine View Post
Do you use them on your camper slideouts? I haven't looked at any posts by oldcoot. I'm asking for first hands actual knowledge. They are a lot of money and sagging and stretching is not positive. I have seen people pushing their slide toppers up with a broom to get the water drained off.
Yes, I'm also talking about the awning toppers for slideouts. Yes, OldCoot has actually adjusted his to be tighter (first hand actual knowledge).

I've never adjusted mine as it doesn't really bother me. The water pools and then runs off when I pull the slide in. I've never thought of them to be an eyesore, either.
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Old 08-28-2014, 09:31 AM   #37
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Was just at the factory for a tour and there statement for installing them was to keep the sun off of the top rubber seals. Nothing more.
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Old 08-28-2014, 10:10 AM   #38
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but what topper to buy?

I have been looking at toppers this past summer. There are several models to choose from. I have yet to decide what topper to go with.
I dont want to spend more then I have too, but dont want to buy a problem topper either. Are the more costly ones worth it??
SlideTopper Deluxe
SlideTopper Deluxe EZ
SlideTopper Elite
SlideTopper Elite EZ
SlideTopper Full Cover

and then there is carefree toppers too.

So until I get enough info to satisfy, I'm not buying.
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Old 08-29-2014, 09:04 PM   #39
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Our CC has the toppers, Got the 5er in April, Had our first hurricane in it last month believe it was, although it was just a category 1, still had some strong winds and rain, never heard them flapping, and was still in new condition the next day, love them,
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Old 08-30-2014, 07:25 AM   #40
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Our previous 5er didn't have them, our current 5er does. After experiencing with and without if I had a camper without I would buy them and install them. I hated having to sweep off the slides, to some it's no big deal.

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