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Old 10-28-2011, 11:45 AM   #11
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we made the mistake of not getting one before we picked up our HTT. a year later, we were paying a lot more to have one installed.
we camp in wooded campgrounds a lot and we got all lot of debris and dirt and sap on the slideout.
in fact, a residue developed on the slide's seals and caused the slideout to stick to the side of the trailer. i had to put a butter knife in between the seals to break it loose.

since we've had our slide topper, this has never happened again.

definitely get one.
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Old 10-29-2011, 05:09 PM   #12
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They are a necessity as far as I'm concerned. My current MoHo didn't have them when I bought it, so I bought a set of Carefrees from PPL. $717.00 for a 13 footer and a ten footer, including shipping (to a commercial address).

My SIL and I installed them in about two hours. Not at all technical. Just follow the pictures!
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Old 10-29-2011, 07:25 PM   #13
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Never had em never needed or missed them on 3 trailers. IMHO
Have better things to spend money on. No big deal to brush slides off before pulling them in. Roof and seals are designed to be used without slide toppers
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Old 10-30-2011, 08:54 AM   #14
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We are in our first FW and it came with them. Our previous TTs didn't have them. I love the slide awnings except for in really windy situations. I wonder about how they're engineered to withstand the wind. The noise they make sounds horrible. And to be honest, its not at all practical to close up the slides in wind. Our unit has 3 slides and when the 2 opposing ones in the kitchen/living area are closed, they touch so you can not get in that area. We would have to stand by the door or sit on the bed. Not practical at all. But we do notice the reduction in heat inside the slides when it's warm outside.
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Old 10-30-2011, 05:41 PM   #15
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We are in our first FW and it came with them. Our previous TTs didn't have them. I love the slide awnings except for in really windy situations. I wonder about how they're engineered to withstand the wind. The noise they make sounds horrible. And to be honest, its not at all practical to close up the slides in wind. Our unit has 3 slides and when the 2 opposing ones in the kitchen/living area are closed, they touch so you can not get in that area. We would have to stand by the door or sit on the bed. Not practical at all. But we do notice the reduction in heat inside the slides when it's warm outside.
Living in the desert, the biggie to me is the added shade and heat insulation offered by the covers. The roof on a slide is about 2 inches thick!

I've never closed mine in the wind. They aren't anywhere near as deep as the shade awning, so I see no reason (other than noise, maybe) to close the slides for fear of wind damage.
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Old 10-30-2011, 06:12 PM   #16
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I just got back from Hagerstown MD. After spending a lot of time with the DW cleaning off Ice and leaves off of the top of the slide outs we will be getting toppers.
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My dealer told me that if a stick accidently gets between the slide and the seals when you are pulling the slide in, you are looking at a major repair because it will mess it up. Not covered under warrenty. The awning is a helpful deterent. Well worth the money.
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Old 12-17-2011, 11:32 AM   #18
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Never had em never needed or missed them on 3 trailers. IMHO
Have better things to spend money on. No big deal to brush slides off before pulling them in. Roof and seals are designed to be used without slide toppers
Amen brother!
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Old 12-17-2011, 09:01 PM   #19
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"Roof and seals are designed to be used without slide toppers"
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Funny so many people have problems with leaks then!
Slide toppers are one of the best investments, there is no doubt. The only people who don't think so are the ones who don't have them!
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Our Windjammer didn't have them when we bought it and, like you, I researched the pros and cons of getting them.
When we had our TT in for factory repairs we had them install the slide toppers. Great investment! Not only do they keep debris from collecting on the slide out roofs but they really cut down on the noise when it rains. They also keep the ceiling much cooler in the summer.
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