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Old 02-24-2015, 12:48 PM   #1
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Installation of Slide Toppers - Dealer vs CW

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DW and I have been discussing where to get our slide toppers installed... We have the option of going to our selling RW dealer or having Camping World or another dealer install them... From a cost stand point I think materials are roughly the same either route... From a labor stand point however the costs are worlds apart.

Our selling dealer has quoted labor for install to be roughly 2 hours per slide and they are giving us their discounted labor rate of $125 per hour. With 5 slides that is a chunk of change. Camping World on the other hand has their reduced installation cost specials that are periodically run. If I recall correctly the last installation special for install of slide toppers was around $79 per topper.

I don't think our dealer would be of the nature to frown on our going to another dealer for this work however I am more worried about the quality of the install work itself...

Has anyone with a RW gone to Camping World or a non-RW selling dealer to have this type of work done? And what was your impression of the quality of work and then and negative issues afterwards from the selling dealer.

I appreciate your thoughts and experiences and DW and I wade our way through this process...

Happy Travels to all... (Sorry for duplicative post here... No previous response.)

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Old 02-24-2015, 01:15 PM   #2
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I've had CW do some work for me on my other RV and they did a pretty good job. However I watched the guy and talked with him ahead of time. I have been to CW in the past and after watching or talking to the techs, I was surprised to see they were wearing shoes that had to be tied.

If you're thinking of CW, I would talk to the tech and ask them how steep they could make the slide because this seems to make a difference on how well they shed water. If the guy (or lady) looks at you dumb founded.....walk away.

Personally......I think the slide toppers look nice but not impressed with the function (kind of the girl you introduce to dad because mom just wouldn't understand).
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I agree, when I looked at the advantages and disadvantages of the slide toppers I opted not to get them...more trouble than good....No regrets!!!
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Old 02-24-2015, 03:50 PM   #4
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It is a personal decision to get them or not...
we just got back Sunday and our camping buddies were worn out from lack of sleep since their toppers flapped all weekend in the wind coming off the lake...
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Old 02-24-2015, 04:12 PM   #5
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I don't live in the south, but I've always excluded slide toppers on every purchase and never missed them.

I have helped others cut them off so they can get home after the wind tears them up and they won't roll back up. Seems like it happens every other year. Just helped a guy last fall in Colorado with a new Crossroads Cruiser the wind pulled the fabric out, jammed the roller, and partially ripped the rail off the body over his bedroom. It was a mess. Too windy around these parts for them.
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Old 02-24-2015, 08:21 PM   #6
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Last MH I had before the RW had the toppers and from Day one I hated the noise and the flopping in the wind. I was always putting in the slides when the wind was above 35mph for fear they would rip off. Nothing like two days with slides in to make you tired of the RV.
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Old 02-24-2015, 09:29 PM   #7
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We seasonal camp and have them on the street side slides. Yes they do hold water, yes they do flap but the roofs are clean and I wash them three times a season. I wish I could have one on the dining slide, but because we have an awning we were not able to have one. All in all you have to consider your life style.
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Old 02-24-2015, 11:03 PM   #8
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That's a really loaded question:
This will be a rather long answer, but will give you my feelings about CW Service.
As with everything, there are good Techs and CWs and some Techs I wouldn't trust to sweep the floor of the RW.
Our Montana came from a CW and Slide toppers were part of the deal, but would have to be installed after the sale as they didn't have any in stock. They finally installed Dometic Toppers but for some unknown reason did intall the Anti-Billow device/arm. Made an appointment to take it back and get the arms installed. The morning I arrived and checked with the Service manager he asked what it was I wanted, but could seem to get across to him what it was. Called their parts order Gal to see if she had ordered anything, answer "Nope". Had them pull another topper from stock and open the package, I then pointed to the arm in question. The response from the Service Manager "Oh, we throw them away". I then proceeded to show him the instructions from Dometic that stated that if they weren't installed and your topper unrolled going down the highway, your warranty was null and void.
Anyway, backed the Montana into the shop to install the Anti-billow arms. I was there watching and the Kid didn't have a clue how to install them, so I had to explain where they went. Then he needed to put the main slide out and started for the inside and I asked what he was going to do. When he told me, I said "Wait until I turn off the valve for the bedroom slide or you'll jam it into the side of the shop door" On the Montanas with Hydraulic slides the lightest (usually the bedroom) goes out first.
I've had several other cases with other CWs that weren't much better, so I personally have no use for CW Service Departments.
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I had Camping World scheduled to install a satellite dome, W/D and 5th airborne pin box on my brand new Montana. I went out to check on them and two guys were on a fork truck holding the pin box and one was underneath with a sledge hammer beating it in place. He said the hitch welds were making it to hard to fit.

Needless to say I got refunds for all remaining installs and took all the hardware home and installed it myself.

When we had our A&E manual awning converted to Carefree electric, I called an authorized mobile tech recommended by Carefree to install. He didn't do much better, and drilled 11 holes in the new gelcoat in the wrong place for the window awnings. He paid the body shop about $1,600 to get all those repaired.

It is very hard to find competent help for this stuff.
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It is a personal decision to get them or not...
we just got back Sunday and our camping buddies were worn out from lack of sleep since their toppers flapped all weekend in the wind coming off the lake...
That is the main reason I don't plan on getting any. I had them on my last motorhome and had the same problem with the wind blowing causing the toppers to be noisy. There were times I almost pulled in the slide to stop the noise.
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