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Old 04-08-2020, 01:15 AM   #1
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Slide topper installation

Hi all, I recently had two slide toppers installed, one 13' & one 8'. The long one sags a lot when it rains, and the shorter one just collects water. Were these installed correctly? (ie with enough pitch or tension?) Thanks in advance!
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Old 04-08-2020, 04:25 AM   #2
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I don't know if mine is right but I did raise it a little higher for more pitch than yours appears. Mine is also tighter than yours appear to be. I would try to get it a little tighter if it were mine
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Old 04-11-2020, 01:47 PM   #3
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I don't know if mine is right but I did raise it a little higher for more pitch than yours appears. Mine is also tighter than yours appear to be. I would try to get it a little tighter if it were mine
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Mine is taught enough but still pools. Nature of the beast...
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Old 04-12-2020, 09:58 PM   #5
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I was always under the impression the slide toppers were mostly to keep debris from collecting on top of the slides not water...
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Old 04-13-2020, 12:47 AM   #6
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I was always under the impression the slide toppers were mostly to keep debris from collecting on top of the slides not water...
I was told it should do both.
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I was told it should do both.
We have a couple that we rally with that have slide toppers and their toppers puddle water on top of them as well...If I buy another camper I would buy the toppers just for the debris factor, just so I won't have to vacuum the slides off after camping in a wooded area...
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What Tommy said.
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I see a lot of people that buy beach balls. Keeps topper from flapping in the wind and stops water from pooling. Blow them up to the size you need and put under the topper. Just have to remember to take them out befor you pull the slide in.
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I see a lot of people that buy beach balls. Keeps topper from flapping in the wind and stops water from pooling. Blow them up to the size you need and put under the topper. Just have to remember to take them out befor you pull the slide in.
I think that would be difficult to do with a 13' wide topper.
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Rv geeks on you tube have a video on slide topper replacement. Watch it to get info on how to easily make the topper slightly tighter.
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Cool Slide toppers

Have 4 toppers. Two are taut and do not hold water. One is fairly taut but still puddles water. It was not installed high enough on the side of the camper. The 4th, 13 ft long one puddles about 20 gallons of water. Dumped on the DW when she came down the steps once. She hadda change all her clothes, inside and out.

Now when we stop for several weeks or months, I fill 5 milk gallon jugs with water and put them between the topper and slide roof. Push them into position with a 12' extendable wash brush. When ready to leave, push them out with with the same brush. This topper could also be mounted higher up the side of the camper to provide more pitch and I will be watching the u-tube video mentioned elsewhere to apply more tension to it. Lot of work to move it higher up the side so haven't gotten rid of the lazys to do it yet. I use the milk gallon jugs because they are flat on the sides. The wind has blown out round jugs before and also will blow out milk jugs that are empty. It also blew out pool floats twice.
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Rv geeks on you tube have a video on slide topper replacement. Watch it to get info on how to easily make the topper slightly tighter.

Thanks for the post.
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