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Old 11-10-2014, 08:48 AM   #1
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snow/ice toppers

We found our self were we have to stay a month or so .They are calling for some snow and ice.We have never stayed in this type of weather.
My question is what do the slide toppers do? I have some pvc that i use to keep water from puddling,but this will not do with snow and ice.Do i just take the pvc out and let it sag then broom it off? Bring slides in for a few days? I have heat tape for water line,bay heater,full propane.This is not were we want to be but have no choice.We have to make the best of it and protect the R V at the same time.
Any advice would be very helpful.

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Old 11-10-2014, 08:53 AM   #2
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Safest would be retract the slide and ride out the storm, I've had to do this several times, you could try to broom it off after the storm, but that could mean being on a snow covered roof , or a slippery ladder.

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Old 11-10-2014, 09:35 PM   #3
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I spent last winter in northern Oklahoma and had two or three snow storms with several inches. We just left the slides out and did not worry about it. When the snow stopped we just waited until it melted did not worry about the slide toppers at all. I did not have any damage that I can find. They still work correctly when I take the slides in and out and they did not rip.
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Old 11-11-2014, 06:52 AM   #4
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That is what i was thinking. We just replaced the toppers but it was several weeks before the new ones came in,in that time we had 2 rain storms ,and no leak,as one of the toppers was gone.
What are the toppers for.Several times we had heavy rains before we had to pack up,the rubber got most of the water off ,but i still had to take a towel and dry them once they were in so no water would come down our neck with the first braking(ask me how i know this,or ask my wife the long slide is on her side) .There are seals and a channel to prevent water from coming in. One other question do other people have a problem with water puddling on topper?
Monaco did not give much thought on adding a little more slope to there toppers!
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Old 11-11-2014, 07:51 AM   #5
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Toppers must be clear or reasonably so to move slides in. Wait for clear slides or put slides in before the storm. I have after a snow broomed the slide topper then put in a few inchs then broomed again until slide was in. Slide seals are NOT water proof, just a help. Toppers help a bit more, but in allowing rain storm cannot meet water off slide. When putting slides in with wet weather expect water on them and dry as needed. Just part of the RV world.

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Old 11-11-2014, 07:58 AM   #6
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I've got caught with a bunch of wet snow on the rig, about 6". I went up on the roof and cleaned off the awning above the slide. If you know it's coming pull the slides in. If you get caught find a young nimble person or an old stupid one (like me) to clean them off. However I spent 29 yrs going up on roofs to cut holes in them often with ice and snow on the roof and raging fire underneath so I didn't consider it a big deal.
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Old 11-11-2014, 03:22 PM   #7
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I've learned that after rain (in weather that is cold enough to freeze) or snow, immediately pull the slides in to dump the water or snow off. If you don't, you can end up with a frozen puddle that won't let the slides come in.....don't ask me how I know!!!

If you plan on being there for a period of time and the slides cover can thaw, I wouldn't worry about it.
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Old 11-11-2014, 11:20 PM   #8
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snow/ice toppers

Before retracting the slide tilt your coach to the side to let the water run off with your jacks or air leveling system. As far as ice...wait till it melts. Would hate to screw up seals dragging it across some sharp ice. I've had to climb up and get the ice and snow that blew in between the topper and slide and had froze solid....it isn't any fun. Ours has an air bladder that seals off the slide and I sure didn't want to burst that puppy on ice. Best bet is run the slides in when it starts snowing then problem solved. Think of it as cozy time!

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