Originally Posted by Dave&Ginny
I don't have the slide toppers but.....but I'm agile enough to get up on the roof to sweep off the leaves. I like not having them because I always use the time on the roof to look for problems.
However, I'm VERY seriously looking at a diesel pusher that comes with the slide toppers so I guess I'll have to learn to adapt. On those late windy nights, I'll just pour a few extra fingers of "Jack" and turn up the TV.
Dave..........our slide toppers rarely make any noise, but, on the occasion when we do get some noise due to a storm, it just reminds me of the good old days when I used to tent camp with the family!! The tent was always making some noise even in the slightest of a breeze.
The same was true even in our 35 years of pop-up camping in our Starcraft and Coleman pop-ups. Nostalgia is great, but, I love our Redwood. This winter, we have lived in our RW for nearly 5 months straight with only one very minor problem. I had to replace the dish drawer latch. We have had rain a few times but I think I have only had to raise the front of the coach, to drain the toppers, 3 or 4 times. I then re-level the coach. The entire process takes maybe 5 minutes.
I just don't consider the toppers an issue at all. If you get another RV with toppers, just make sure that they install them with the wall anchor point high enough to provide good drainage. Also, the roll up tension (I think the tension is adjustable) needs to be sufficient to prevent sagging and again to facilitate good drainage. Unfortunately, Redwood's installation on all of slides is too flat even though the two rear slides wall anchor point could have easily been raised 2 or 3 inches. The bedroom slide ceiling height would need to be reduced because the wall anchor point is already as high as it can go. Yes, I could devise something to put between the topper and the slide to provide drainage, but, I would have to store it and install it and it's just not worth the effort to me. JMHO.
Guy & Phyllis
2012 RW36RL,DualA/C,KodiakDiskBrakes,TrailAir Tri-Glide,GY_G614's,Roadmaster Comfort Ride Slipper Spring Suspension
2011Dodge3500Laramie,CrewCab,4x4,SRW,Michelins, LongBed,6.7LCTD,3.73,PullRiteSuper5th20.5KHitch, BlueOxBedsaver