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Old 06-07-2015, 04:47 PM   #1
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slide topper holding water?

The new slide topper on my Sunset Trail 270bh got a good test last weekend. When I rolled the slide in, I was shocked how much water it was holding. This was after I used a broom to raise it up to try to shed water.

Is this an issue with the wrong brackets being used (CW install)? Do others with the 270 or similar large slide models have this issue? After it was installed my eyeball test said that there was little if any slope away, and that it might even slant toward the trailer. I've heard others shove a beach ball between the slide and the topper, but that seems ridiculous for a $750 modification.
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Old 06-07-2015, 07:15 PM   #2
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What many o is raise the front WAY up before retracting slides to let gravity dump as much water as possible...

but, like you said, you shouldn't have to do "work-arounds" for a new install !
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Old 06-07-2015, 09:10 PM   #3
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I have had the same issue. I was wondering if that is 'normal' or should the install of the topper been tighter? I have the same TT
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It is normal, the toppers are spring loaded and the water collects. Just stand out of the way when you retract the slides. I get reminded once a year to get away
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It is normal, the toppers are spring loaded and the water collects. Just stand out of the way when you retract the slides. I get reminded once a year to get away
X2 No need to try and drain it before hand.
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Old 06-08-2015, 06:35 PM   #6
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When I retract my slide, if there is any water on the topper it just rolls off the topper to the ground. It doesn't fall on the slide.
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Sometimes if we are camping for two weeks and it rains right away, we just bring in the slide and dump the water and put it back out again, so the water is not sitting on it for a length of time.
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Old 06-08-2015, 09:34 PM   #8
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Excellent thanks everyone for the information. I will no longer be concerned.
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:23 AM   #9
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When it gets breezy out most of the water will come off.
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:45 AM   #10
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I usually go around mine after a heavy rain with a broom and just gently push up on the slide topper fabric from underneath to get the excess water off that has pooled. Like others have said, it won't cause any problems just running the slide in with water on them, though.
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You can also use a broom stick or stick and push up on the tab that sticke out of the left side assembly that is on the awning tube. This will loosen the awning a bit allowing water to run off the "sagging awning " . Just make sure you are standing back. it comes off rather quickly.
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Old 06-14-2015, 08:55 PM   #12
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So no one thinks it is a bracket issue? The Dometic website says there are two brackets, but "most" installations take the taller one. It seems to me this taller one minimizes the slope for runoff.
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It is my understanding that the height of our slideout flange requires us to use the taller bracket.
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Old 07-26-2015, 12:35 PM   #15
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I do suggest raising the front as already mentioned to drain the water before doing any retracting. My topper was sagging with water and I actually had the topper fabric get caught on top of the slide as it was retracting and it got "sucked in." Fortunately nothing got torn.
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