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Old 08-02-2014, 01:08 AM   #1
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Ordered Slide Toppers Today

One of the options our new Redwood did not have was Slide Toppers.

I know, some people love them, some people hate them.

Even though they will flap in the wind sometimes, we have had them on our last two 5th Wheels and we like them.

We stay at many parks with lots of trees and since we move every two weeks or so, they are nice keeping the leaves, sticks and debris off the top of our slides.
Also since we spend most of our time in the Southeast part of the US, they help with the summer sun but keeping the direct sun off the top of our slides. (There is not much insulation in the top of any slide out)

Since we like to be different, (many RWs I see have Black Fabric Slide Toppers) I ordered Slide Toppers with Black Hardware and Grey Fabric. I wanted something that would not show dirt but again since we are in the South I did not was Black.
Grey Slide Topper Fabric will be a first for us as both of out last 5th Wheels were White with White Slide Toppers.

The Grey should blend in good as our main awning is Black and Grey.

The only real thing is our 38FL has 5 Slides to cover.
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Old 08-02-2014, 03:10 AM   #2
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Ordered ours with Slide Toppers, never heard them flapping in the wind @ Lavon lake C.O.E. PARK. Located right on the lake, never rocked or leaked wind. Found out from awning dealer that my dealer had installed upside down. He was amazed that the awnings had not been damaged.(5 slides). After spending $4000.00 to repair my last slide that was damaged my leaves causing a leak into slide seal area. Wood rotted NUFF said.
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Old 08-03-2014, 04:28 PM   #3
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I think its a regional thing and they probably do some good to some, but last week confirmed I will NEVER get them. Microburst came through Thursday at the lake in Southern Colorado and a few that had awnings out found they were gone, most likely in the lake.

I spent most of Friday helping the Crossroads Cruiser next to me rewind his slide toppers so he could get home. The wind blew his up to the point it tilted and jammed one of his slides and let water in (bedroom) and pulled the fabric all the way out of the rollers and left them laying on the roof like dirty laundry. Both need replaced as it damaged the mechanisms inside the tube and stretched the fabric as well as damaged the rail. Worse part was all he could do is watch.

All I got was dirty from the rain and wind throwing mud at the side of me.
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Old 08-03-2014, 05:43 PM   #4
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Yes, we struggled with the debate on slide toppers too. I think when you are full time it's a little different because you are likely subject to a broader spectrum of weather on a longer time frame. We WILL be in heavy rain, wind, etc. If the wind gets really bad, we will have to pull the slides in I guess because I don't think there is an easy way to disconnect the toppers. SO FAR, we haven't had a problem, and the rain just runs off of them when they become weighted with it. I DO like not having all of that rain on top of my slides... in Washington, it's something you have to learn to live with.
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Old 08-03-2014, 06:23 PM   #5
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Just stay away from the Texas panhandle in the spring or you won't have them for long. Spent May this year there at our sons with 40+ mph winds all day & night with gust to 50-70 mph, now ours have stretched & sag. Spent several days & nights with all the slides in, not sure I would get them again.
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Old 08-03-2014, 07:18 PM   #6
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We had slide toppers on our last two 5th Wheels, been North to South, East Coast to West Coast, other than some flapping in high winds, we never had a problem with them.
For us the pluses our weight the minuses.
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Old 08-16-2014, 02:36 AM   #7
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Got all 5 slide toppers installed today, no more climbing up on the roof to sweep off the slide every time we move (which can be quite often).
Also I think it will be much cooler due to keeping the direct sunlight off the slide roofs which are by design are very thin.
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Old 08-16-2014, 03:11 AM   #8
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You will have to sweep them off when it rains. We have them on ours and have been a little frustrated with the fact that rain water gathers in them and we have to get on top and sweep them off when it rains or the water comes inside!
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Old 08-16-2014, 03:42 AM   #9
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You will have to sweep them off when it rains. We have them on ours and have been a little frustrated with the fact that rain water gathers in them and we have to get on top and sweep them off when it rains or the water comes inside!

Never had a problem with ours, the center of the toppers are tight with a bit of slack on the ends. The rain just rolls off no problems


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Old 08-16-2014, 03:44 AM   #10
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Raise the front of the coach before retracting slides & dump them. If you're worried about moving slides when tilted then hit auto level again before retracting slides. It's much easier to push the buttons a couple of times than to climb up top, just my 2 cents.
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