Originally Posted by 10x
I always keep my camper slightly tilted to the slide out side so water always runs away from camper.
I did the same thing but now I have a model with opposing slides. I'm thinking of investing in slide toppers. I keep the trailer tilted slightly to the front or back to encourage runoff.
I know most manufacturers tell you that the seals will keep water out when reeling them in while raining. Bottom line, wait until it stops if you can. And ALWAYS clean off the leaves and sticks before you do. I speak from experience when I say a damaged top side slide seal will ruin your pleasant camping experience.
I posted this in another thread. But it seems appropriate here. Something I would like to see the industry do is start to include gutters above the top side bulb seal. Trailers and RVs unless used by someone who lives in them or travels frequently spend 95% of their life with slides retracted. A gutter or a rain deflector would keep water from running along the top of the slide where it mates the camper wall. This would prevent water from entering the coach while parked. It wouldn't do anything while the slides are extended but it would protect them through most of their life and give owners a low cost / maintenance free alternative to toppers.