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Old 02-05-2019, 12:36 AM   #1
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New owner...2 Questions

First ....Thankyou you all for your maturity and positive support in this forum....Refreshing to see..
I am still a week away from getting our new (to us) Redwood 38RL...Denise and I are thrilled to have found this trailer....in its condition.....and equipped so well....Thats a tall order for a guy that spent a lot of years as an RV tech (when I was younger)....RV's to me look so flawed / cheap....cheezy.....when I looked at the redwood line I was pleasantly surprised....Now in saying that....I see things that need improvement.......But as far as RV's go we are happy....
Two questions for those experienced owners....One option our unit does not have is slide toppers....we are going to be full timers on Vancouver Island for some time (West coast of Canada)....the winter is rainy....with weeks of wet drizzly weather being the norm....I am thinking that toppers would be a great option.....but would like some feedback.....Second question.....this week lows of 10 - 20 Degrees F are happening over night at the coast....Thats cool for that area....but it does happen...What are owners thoughts on how well these trailers deal with colder temps....any issues ? do I need to do some extra work to our RW to prepare...skirting or ?


Thanks for any help...Regards....Wes
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Old 02-05-2019, 02:37 AM   #2
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We just recently went through a couple of cold spells in ours. Down to 13 with 20mph plus gusts, and a period down to 17 with 30 mph steady winds with gusts over 40. T-stat set at 71, and it stayed fairly nice inside. No skirting, so house shoes are mandatory! Our furniture has been changed out, so the uncomfortable pleather is gone. The water line is buried on our lot, with the risers on both ends have heat trace on them. Our water never froze anywhere. I have details written down for a few cold mornings with furnace run times, etc.
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Old 02-05-2019, 03:28 AM   #3
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You will get both opinions on the slide toppers. I am in the camp that supports having them. The benefits far out weigh any negatives. I personally would not go without them.
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Old 02-05-2019, 04:33 PM   #4
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We lived in our Trailer fulltime for one year here in Oregon. Weather that winter was down in the low 20's for about 3 weeks and we had no issues. I was amazed at how warm the trailer stayed. We used a heated water hose and did have two ceramic heaters one in Kitchen and one in Bedroom set with thermostats along with fireplace. We did not use the furnace much in that time as the heater worked well and we had unlimited Elec where we stayed.










No Toppers on our slides I do not like the flapping in the wind noise.
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Old 02-05-2019, 11:31 PM   #5
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So here is my thoughs!


# 1 the factory slide toppers are 6" to narrow, they don't cover the slide out enough. I think they should be 2" wider on each side then the roof they cover.


# 2 in high winds they do flap around some , this may wake you up at night.


# 3 in the rain they help keep the gaskets on the slide from driving rain pushing water past the seals.


#4 in the rain they help with the noise of heavy rain fall.


#5 prolong roofs on the slide.


just make sure you clean the roof off before you pull the slide in.
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Old 02-07-2019, 01:33 AM   #6
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The toppers just add to the overall looks of the RWs. Yes in windy areas they are/can be a real PITA with the popping/flapping, but I believe the pros outweigh the cons. Also by having them added by someone besides the factory you can be sure they cover the slides completely & possibly add a bit more pitch to them, both were the biggest issues with mine.
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Old 02-07-2019, 02:49 AM   #7
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I installed my slide toppers on my 38FL several years ago.
We installed them a little higher than the normal height, they have never held water and maintain good tension.
They will still flap a little in high wind but overall we really enjoy them.
Spending most of our time in the Southeast US we have lots of trees, limbs and debris that will get on top of the slides.
If we were our west when there are less tress and more wind we may have a different opinion.
We also like the heat barrier they provide in the summer from the hot sun beating down on the thinner slide roofs.
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I had 2 TTs and 3 5th wheels including a 2013 Redwood 36RL over several decades and none of them had slide toppers and I never missed them. I was entertained and sometimes pitched in helping those overcome the problems associated with them, such as removing them after the wind tore them, or people having to jamb all kinds of gadgets into them to keep them quiet.

I now have them on our MH, and I can say I truly understand all of the complaints and I'm growing to hate them. Ours jamb up in the unigaurd covers with snow on them, sag, need replaced after 7 years, and flap against the roof in the wind. For something I never had to stress about before, I now have to come up with a way to get the snow off of them and stop them from slapping the roof. Unfortunately, the coach is designed so it has to have them, as the roof is metal on top of the slides and not sure it is meant to be fully exposed without a topper.

I confess we live in the west and our experience is mostly high UV, high winds, open range or pines, and more snow than rain. We don't have the type of vegetation and rainfall experienced in the south or eastern seaboard. We are finding as we travel more, the climate of our domicile may not matter much and we need to be prepared for all of it.
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:19 AM   #9
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For many reasons i would not go without them even though they flap in high winds. But think of this the first time you have to close camp in a rain storm. no toppers all that water is on the roof of the slide and comes in... for me that out weighs any reason for not. also if you are in Vancouver and ever plan to go south arrange to go via Elkhart. Lippert and all the manufactures are there and they have shops. best deals best installs. IMO
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Old 02-10-2019, 02:35 AM   #10
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I had them on our TT (2 slides)....and we live in the wind...they do flap and are more prone to damage in our present location....however we are retiring to the west coast where we will be staying full time.....where we will be living will have much less wind because of the tree cover .....and the rain can happen constantly for 8 months of the year.....I am leaning towards getting the option installed as I don't have any help now....and the trailer is quite high....they are easy to install if you have the man power ...but getting my wife on a ladder is not going to happen....
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