Go Back   iRV2 Forums > MOTORHOME FORUMS > Class A Motorhome Discussions
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
Old 04-14-2009, 08:53 PM   #1
Senior Member
Jocat54's Avatar
Monaco Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2008
Location: Leakey, Tx (Texas Hill Country)
Posts: 109
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.)


John & Kathy & Gizmo (Maltipoo)
1999 38ft Monaco Diplomat DP
Jocat54 is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 04-14-2009, 09:43 PM   #2
Community Administrator
NLOVNIT's Avatar

Pond Piggies Club
Fleetwood Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
LA Gulf Coast Campers
Outdoors RV Owners Club
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Central OH, USA
Posts: 18,581
Blog Entries: 1
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.


Lori & Dave - FMA #3415 | FMCA #F419886 | RV/MH Hall of Fame Lifetime Member
2006 Fleetwood Bounder 36Z & 2014 Honda CRV AWD, My iRV2 Photo Albums
How is it one careless match can start a forest fire but it takes a whole box to start a campfire?
NLOVNIT is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-14-2009, 10:49 PM   #3
Senior Member
HighwayRanger's Avatar
Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Northern California
Posts: 293
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.

Fulltimer Class of Late 2015, with my bride, Lori.
2015 GMC 3500HD Denali DRW CC LB TrailerSaver TS3
2016 DRV Mobile Suites 38RSB3, MorRyde IS
HighwayRanger is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2009, 07:38 AM   #4
Senior Member
Join Date: Sep 2007
Posts: 112
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 )?
"Do one brave thing today...then run like ****!"
dbear is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2009, 12:51 PM   #5
Senior Member
GaryKD's Avatar
Newmar Owners Club
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: Wellington, Florida
Posts: 11,772
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.

Hi dbear,
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.
2005 Newmar KSDP 3910 + GMC ENVOY XUV 37K lbs Moving Down The Road
The Avatar Is Many Times Around The USA
Nobody Knows Your Coach Like Somebody Who Owns One Just Like Yours
GaryKD is offline   Reply With Quote

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
RF slide top getting wet footdoc Newmar Owner's Forum 7 07-15-2008 02:26 AM
Slide problem, sorta... gMw Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 10 04-21-2008 03:50 AM
Slide Toppers M&S Norrell Excel Owner's Forum 9 07-10-2007 01:17 PM
2007 Tour LR slide dragging 2007Tour Winnebago Industries Owner's Forum 3 04-25-2007 05:16 PM
Loose Slide Toppers Dutch Star Don MH-General Discussions & Problems 4 12-04-2005 06:17 AM

» Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities

Copyright 2002-2015 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 04:34 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.