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Old 04-14-2009, 08:53 PM   #1
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Are slide toppers needed

I lost my slide topper while driving in some high gusty winds. I know the slide will work without it. Just wonder what different opinions are out there (if they are really needed.)


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Are they needed, I don't think so. But I've had slides with toppers and without & I prefer with.

#1 Keeps debris off the slide top. Since the debris rolls of when I pull in the slide, I no longer have to climb up on the roof with a broom to brush the slides clean before retracting them.
#2 Makes for a quieter interior if raining. Rain hitting a slide without a topper is very noisy...especially a bedroom slide when you're trying to get to sleep. Without the topper, it sounds like thousands of ball bearings pinging over your head.
#3 Seems to keep rain from getting in. I haven't had a single issue with rain water infiltrating along the top of a slide with a topper. Our Cougar didn't have toppers & the seal didn't always go out with the extending slide (sometimes it stayed rolled inward). Once I awoke in the middle of the night to hear water from a rainstorm pouring in over our dinette through the curled under seal. I feel it wouldn't have been an issue if there was a topper on the slide.


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I'm in the "they're nice to have" camp. I prefer the Carefree Summit brand of slide top awnings, since they have a rod that creates a peak which improves the runoff and keeps tension on the awning so it doesn't flap. If I have the opportunity, that's what I'd buy.

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Kind of related: How robust are they in wind, aka, at what mph wind should you retract your slides (and no, I'm not taking about when driving down the road )?
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Hi Jocat54,
In addition to what Lori posted, toppers are valuable to keep the heat from radiating into the slide. My coach is easier to cool because of the toppers. My kitchen slide has no topper. If I forget to open the main awning enough to cover the slide, the inside of the cupboards really heats up.

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For me there is no MPH of wind before retracting the slides. It depends on how the wind is hitting the slides and the amount of noise they are making. If they are making enough noise to make sleeping or watching TV irritating, I will retract the only offending slide.
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