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Old 03-06-2014, 03:55 PM   #1
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Slide toppers?

Worth the cost? Yeah or nay. Reasons.
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Old 03-06-2014, 04:00 PM   #2
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I haven't got them yet, but I plan on getting them. I haven't heard anything bad about them. When I get the money saved up I plan on getting them put on mine. Sure would be nice not having to worry about bringing in the slides after it rained and keeping the leaves and junk off the slides.
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Old 03-06-2014, 04:09 PM   #3
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Yes Yes Yes.. Like you lots of pine straw and acorns here it beats getting a ladder out and sweeping them off with a broom. Some folks say they flap too much, but you could not prove by me
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We like ours....
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Old 03-06-2014, 05:34 PM   #5
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Besides keeping the s/o roof cleaner, they also keep the sun off the s/o roof which helps the A/C. The large s/o will pool water in the center and sag and then a large pool of water will drain off due to high winds or retracting the s/o, but that has never been a problem. If you get sleet or ice on them, just retract the s/o slowly and that will drop off. The large s/o topper will flap in the wind, but so what, high winds are just part of life.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:01 PM   #6
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Yes. Keeps leaves, pine needles, and rain water off the top of the slide.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:07 PM   #7
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We have them on ours and I like them. They definitely keep debris off the slide. Sometimes if the awnings are wet from rain or dew I sweep them off from the ground as they roll in. Some leaves and needles stick to it when they are wet. Definitely easier than climbing up on the ladder. I also believe it helps keep the slides from leaking as it sheds the water off.
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Old 03-06-2014, 06:16 PM   #8
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I think they are a good thing! I do have a couple suggestions when you get ready to purchase and install them. I would suggest buying the ones which have the aluminum cover when retracted. When you install them or have them install, get as much slope as you can to help the runoff. If they are tensioned properly, there is not much flapping!
It is an easy installation if you are so inclined.
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Old 03-07-2014, 06:06 AM   #9
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they are well worth the money and do spend the extra money and get the al. covers and make sure you get the spring loaded rollers that let the cover blow with out ripping and the reroll when the wind stops Jim&Carol
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Old 03-07-2014, 12:38 PM   #10
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It all depends on your environment and how you camp

I saw five with slide covers last week...
two were completely tattered - not sure from what...
two were complaining about the flapping in the wind ($200k+ motorhomes)

and then the couple we visited with said it was work to get the debris and water off each time...

to each his own
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Seems like most everyone thinks it is a good idea. I have thought about it every since I brought my slide in one day and then had to get all the little twigs, leaves, and gum balls off from both outside and inside the TT. Had to run it in and out several times to clear the seals of debris.
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Old 03-08-2014, 07:35 AM   #12
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It's definitely a worthwhile investment. It protects the slide, the slide seal, keeps debris from coming into the camper, cuts down on the heat coming in through the slide, etc. We have never had vibration on ours at all. And I think it's just a clean, polished look too.
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Going to add one on the bed room slide, when it rains or hails it's very loud and should help.
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Old 03-08-2014, 04:00 PM   #14
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I posted this pic a few years ago of the $.99 slide topper deflapper:
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Thanks what a cheap fix and a great idea.
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Great idea. By the way...how was it camping on Mars?
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:16 AM   #17
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A little drier than South Florida. To pinpoint our location: Portal RV Park in Moab.
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A little drier than South Florida. To pinpoint our location: Portal RV Park in Moab.
We stayed at Portal RV last August. Very nice campground on the owners side. I can tell you that August is off season due to the dry heat! Beautiful area and the red rock does make it very Mars like.

Great simple idea for the slide topper.
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Old 03-12-2014, 02:52 PM   #19
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We were all set to get them installed on the new 5th wheel when we purchased it. The dealer himself talked us out of it. He said that over half of the ones he installs they end of removing. Why? Flapping in the wind. Guess it depends where you are located or what bothers you. I know I would be frustrated with that sound if I couldn't sleep. We have no shortage of wind up here. Plus I am still young and able to go up and sweep off.

I think that has some merit to it when the dealer who is making money off selling and installing them talks you out of it.

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Old 03-12-2014, 05:37 PM   #20
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Yes, for all the reasons previously mentioned. Don't know about 'flapping' as that's never been a problem for me. Sounds like an issue w/ quality and/or installation.

My dealer highly recommended them.
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