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Old 02-20-2018, 02:29 PM   #21
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Slide Toppers

I had a trailer without a slide cover. We enjoyed camping in the mountains. Every time I closed the slide, I had to clean off the slide roof, as it brought all kinds of unwanted things into the trailer. I stopped the problem when I installed a cover. My current trailer has a cover. Its trouble free. I wouldn't have an RV without a cover on the slides.
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Old 02-20-2018, 02:31 PM   #22
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Slide toppers

Definitely worth it,keeps debris and water away from seals and seems. Also helps preserve rubber weatherstrips. On longer ones there's a optional roller that goes in the middle that keeps it from sagging or stretching when it rains. Keeps water from building up on them Always had them always will.
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Old 02-20-2018, 02:34 PM   #23
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I can not picture nor would I want my husband up on a ladder trying to clean the sliders without the toppers. We live full time for now in New England. Many trees. Pines, maple, Oak we have them all. Plus when we were in Panhandle FL we had 2Ē of ice. So glad we had toppers. Our fiver had them on when we bought it brandnew. Never had any trouble with them. The only time we had high winds was during a tornado warning in Panhandle and in Ft Stockton TX. All I could hear was the wind not the toppers and that only happened 4 days out of 3 years.
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Old 02-20-2018, 02:55 PM   #24
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Definitely worth it.
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Old 02-20-2018, 03:32 PM   #25
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Our sales lady told us its about 50/50 on people ordering them. She said some people can't sleep with rain hitting the top of the slider and its quieter with them. We ordered them on our new 8328bs. They do make some noise when its really windy though.
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Old 02-20-2018, 03:47 PM   #26
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We have toppers on all 3 of our slides and I am amazed at the junk that they keep off of the top of the slides not to mention rain water .Especially in the spring and fall with all the leaves and needles that would otherwise get caught up in the rubber seal at the top of the slide.

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Old 02-20-2018, 03:52 PM   #27
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Pro Toppers

We had them installed (from the factory) on our last two units and on the one prior, did the installation myself.

Definitely worth it for us.

Also on the question of slide toppers on slides under an awning... that depends.
Some models have enough room on the side wall for the topper awning attachment track and also the main awning mount, some do not.
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Old 02-20-2018, 03:56 PM   #28
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One thing not mentioned. Wind at night , flapping noise, can't sleep. Do you put the slide in, or just put up with the noise. And possible damage.
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Old 02-20-2018, 04:01 PM   #29
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One thing not mentioned. Wind at night , flapping noise, can't sleep. Do you put the slide in, or just put up with the noise. And possible damage.
Only two times I really wish I had them.

1. Fort Wilderness Disneyworld. By the time we were ready to go home, those danged squirrels had dropped so many acorns and sticks, I had to climb up top to clean them off before bringing in the slides.

2. Our bed is in a slideout. To me, its too noisy during the rains but some folks like that.

Considering this and what tom just posted, I think if a future camper already had them, OK. But I would not request them as an option for an ordered camper.
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Old 02-20-2018, 04:16 PM   #30
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I too have to be pro toppers.... I didn't have them and now I do. Worth every penny to me.

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Old 02-20-2018, 04:16 PM   #31
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While keeping debris off of the roof of the slide was nice, for us the greatest benefit was the noise reduction during a rainstorm. When sitting near the slide or sleeping in the bedroom it sounded like we were in a drum without the toppers. Sticking a cheap air mattress under the topper recused the flapping in the wind. I would do it again.
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Old 02-20-2018, 06:40 PM   #32
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I added 2 toppers to my 5er by myself. Cost me just under $600 for both and took about 2 hours total.

As long as youíre slightly mechanically inclined and have a friend to lend a hand itís super easy.

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Old 02-20-2018, 07:12 PM   #33
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Iím pro toppers too but we were in Canada last year and got four inches of very wet snow. I had to climb up a ladder to get that wet snow off my toppers, without the toppers I would have still had to climb that ladder.
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Old 02-20-2018, 07:13 PM   #34
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For us and where we camp it would be a waste of hard earned money. and no I have never cleaned the slide roofs before closing them.


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Old 02-20-2018, 07:23 PM   #35
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Question for those with toppers.
How do you lubricate the slide seals on top of the slide? Or don't you worry about it?
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:41 PM   #36
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Slide toppers are a great add-on if you camp under trees - especially coniferous trees that drop needles. If you camp at RV resorts or in the desert or wide open prairies without trees they wouldn’t be needed and due to high winds might actually be unwise.

Since you live in Ontario you likely camp at Provincial Parks. If that’s the case, I would recommend them. You can put toppers on the 2 rear slideouts but likely not on the front 2 that are covered by the awning. The slides under the awning will be protected by the awning except when the wind picks up enough that you have to close the awning. You might want to put pool noodles on the top corners of the front slides to protect against abrasion on the awning.
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Old 02-20-2018, 10:56 PM   #37
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We recommend installing toppers on all slides. In addition to preventing buildup of debris, like pine needles, and dirt, slide toppers also prevent heavy rain drops from falling directly onto the slide roof. This makes for a much quieter trailer when it rains when you are trying to sleep. There are dozens of different ways to prevent or lessen the amount of flapping that sometimes occurs during high winds. The fabrics will not last forever, however. Why, we had to replace the fabric on our Komfort TT after only 8 years of regular service!!
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Old 02-20-2018, 11:22 PM   #38
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We're on our second 5er with slide topers. Like everything the first set put on were almost the least expensive, poor pitch and the roller would bend slightly on the long one causing a pool. The second (after what we learned) got brand name quality, no pools, don't flap in 20-30 mile an hour winds, slide ceiling is noticeably cooler and protects the top slide seal. I would say the most important is following the instructions (dealers job) to get the right pitch.
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Old 02-21-2018, 12:18 AM   #39
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Are toppers worth it

I personelly like mine the deffantly will keep camper cooler in the summer sun. Not much foam insullation it the roof on a slide. Maybe 2 inches. When you take it out without them in the summer sun, put your hand on it and feel the heat. Then feel the celing in you camper main area. Then decide.
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Old 02-21-2018, 12:38 AM   #40
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Absolutely. Keeps leaves, pine needles, twigs, bird droppings, etc, from being pulled into the top seal when retracting.
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