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Old 06-09-2016, 04:58 PM   #15
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I've been giving a lot of thought to getting toppers, but haven't found a solid reason for them yet. We're in Texas so energy savings is important to us, but none of the brands I've seen mention anything at all about reflecting heat/energy savings/cooler interior. All they talk about is keeping debris off of the slide. Seems to me that the wind will just as likely blow leaves and sticks UNDER the topper, and then how do you clean them out before you close the slides? I've also read things on other sites about the noisy flapping, and having them belly down enough to fill up with rain in the summer, and with snow and ice in winter. Last week we had hail damage to the tops of our slides, so I again started reading up about toppers. Nothing from the manufacturers about protecting the slides from hail damage, or keeping our trailer cooler.
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We've had three rigs over the past nineteen years and none had slide toppers. For occasions when we've parked under trees, I carry a telescoping ladder and a battery powered leaf blower. Takes five or ten minutes to blow off four slides while the tanks are draining. I've seen too many rigs with frayed or sagging toppers to want to deal with them.
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3 slides....no toppers
7 yrs full timing and I would go up ladder and peek
If needed I would use that aforementioned device (broom) and sweep them off

My slides have 'seals' on outside wall of 5vr that slides press against when retracted
My slides have 'seals' on inside wall of 5vr that slides press against when extended
My slides have 'WIPERS' (top/sides) that wipe debris/moisture etc off of slides as they are being moved.

My five slides also have these wipers and seals you mention. We've been through some pretty ridiculous rain and no leaks that I could tell.

We did end up staying in Montana longer than we should've last November. All the snow on the sunny side of our vanity slide melted then froze, and it was a ridiculous task getting it all chipped out of there so it didn't melt with the slides in on our way to Arizona. I thought at one point how toppers may have been helpful, but then thought about snow blowing inside of them and having the exact same result, but without being able to get to the ice due to the toppers. So, I'm still happy with the decision.
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They will keep your trl a little cooler as long as you don't order black. They also help protect the slide roof from the sun . Will also provide some rain protection . Minimal chances of blowing much between slide and topper ,if it is blowing that hard it will likely blow right out the other end. Just one more thing to repair ,replace along with all the other stuff.
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Old 06-09-2016, 07:52 PM   #19
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If you have a compressor you can purchase an extended blow gun to clean under the slides. I am not familiar with on board compressors so I don't know if there are outlets for this procedure. I carry a portable one.

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Never had a MH without the covers except the last Dutch Star didn't have one over the galley slide as it was under the main awning. Never had to sweep a slide off or even worry about needing to do it.
Present rig has covers on all four slides.
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I winter in Florida where the dirty Live Oak trees drop leaves all winter. Also large twigs break off. Again, all winter long. The slide toppers are great and I woukd not be without them. The way the roll up by their design when the slide is brought in, the leaves and branch's drop off.
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I am curious how the folks without slide toppers deal with it? With the 5vr I was looking at a topper install would be difficult as there wasn't sufficient room for mounting (Grand Design Reflection series). So (newbee here, I have no RV) when I look way up at the slides, how do you easily clean debris from the slide tops before retracting to prevent seal damage? One night at many state parks will yield some sticks and such. I don't want to drag a ladder out and check every time we want to bring in the slides?

How do you clean off the toppers when it's raining or has rained and the leaves and needles are stuck to the topper fabric?

I have owned toppers, now the last two RV's have not had then and I would not ever own them again!

The ladder on the back of the RV is there for a reason.

As mentioned it's a good idea to get up there and inspect occasionally.

As far as keeping the RV cool I have zero issue with that. 3 AC's really do the job.
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How do you clean off the toppers when it's raining or has rained and the leaves and needles are stuck to the topper fabric? The rain will wash off the slide topper as the slide is retracted. When wet and debris are on the topper, I will use a broom to clean the topper from the ground level but I usually do not need to do this as the debris wash off. just like your awning does when it is retracted too.

I have owned toppers, now the last two RV's have not had then and I would not ever own them again! I have own three 5er's all with slide toppers and I have even paid extra for the black metal wrap for my slide toppers on the Cedar Creek I purchased. I like them

The ladder on the back of the RV is there for a reason. Yes, but it is safer to clean the slide toppers from the ground when retracting the slide as the trailer may not be the most stabile as the slide is retracted. Do you really want to sweep the slide top off of water in a thunderstorm as the slides are retracted? I have pulled my slides in during a thunderstorm before and the inside was bone dry with the slide toppers on my trailer.

As mentioned it's a good idea to get up there and inspect occasionally.

As far as keeping the RV cool I have zero issue with that. 3 AC's really do the job.
Some of us like them and others do not see the need for them. This is what makes the world go around, choices.
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The easiest way to clean the slide tops is to tie an old towel in the middle of a piece of rope that is maybe 3 times as long as the slideout. Throw one end of the rope over the slide to the other side along with the towel so the towel lands on top of the slide. Wife and I pull the towel back and forth wiping the top of the slide clean. We have only had to do this a few times when in forest areas. Yes it's a 2 person task, but it's easy.

p.s. We got this idea from an RV forum somewhere, maybe even here, years ago!
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I carry a small leaf blower and a collapsible ladder. If it has rained, I use a broom.
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"Contrary to popular belief, a broom works on many surfaces besides the floor. This includes the top of a slide. A broom will even work to clear debris from the bed of a pick-up! It's a very versatile tool.

I've seen so many ragged-looking slide toppers on full-time rigs that we decided against them. The wind can apparently wreak havoc on them".

Got that right!! Fiver before our MH didn't have em. Used to enjoy looking out over the roofs of the other folks camping nearby as I swept Now on the new MH with full wall slide thanks to some very high winds...and my lazy a$$ not wanting to get outta bed $2000 later and I got me a brand new slide topper Take it to the bank folks...they're a blessing and a curse
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Never had a MH without the covers except the last Dutch Star didn't have one over the galley slide as it was under the main awning. Never had to sweep a slide off or even worry about needing to do it.
Present rig has covers on all four slides.

Our '07 KSDP is the same....toppers over the two driver side slides. None over kitchen/galley slide due to awning. I like the idea of toppers, and worry about the galley slide not having one. Most of the time when a storm comes I have the awning retracted, leaving the slide top exposed.

Maybe a belt and suspenders approach, but toppers make good sense to me. I would imagine that they are expensive. Why would so many manufacturers use them if they weren't providing some value?
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The 5er does not have toppers. Get up and sweep it off and voila presto - done.

Coach has toppers. I built foam plugs for the ends to keep birds and leaves out. Lots of trees where we winter.

Now I put the plugs in when we stop, take the plugs out before we leave, and still sweep the slides off before we run them in.
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