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Old 04-15-2018, 11:05 AM   #1
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slide topper ?

Hello I retired a couple years ago and want to do this rv travel thing, so found a nice 2008 peterson excel 33TKE 5th wheel. I would like to install new toppers over the slides but have a ? do I install the mounting trim below the rain gutter? or remove the gutter to have a greater slope and the flange around the slide is about 2.75" so is it ok if the fabric runs over that edge it appears the topper mounting points are down quite far. I have not ordered the toppers as of yet but only one push of a button away. Any advice would be wonderful. Thanks Steve
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Old 04-15-2018, 11:26 AM   #2
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I didn't do my own install on my last 5er, that was part of the purchase agreement .
I would think that all installation instructions would come with the kit. Excess slope could expose too much fabric to damage from wind while traveling.
Any contact between the fabric and the slide flange , will cause the fabric to wear as it flaps ; usually the mount arms would be long enough to prevent this.
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Here's a photo of a slide awning installed .
Yellow arrow is mount arms for roller , red arrow ; flange to fabric clearance .
Note that the fabric sits close to level , from the side of the RV , so that when retracted for travel , there would be a very small area for wind to enter and cause the fabric to billow out.
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Mounting trim goes below the rain gutter
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Thanks everyone great advice.
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Old 04-16-2018, 07:46 AM   #6
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Depending on your situation you may have to remove the rain gutter. I did on mine. If I hadn't there would not have been enough space to install the rail between the top of the slide out and the roof trim.
Mine came with somewhat cryptic instructions, but I was able to decipher them. On my Dometic unit, the bracket and arm mount in different configurations to give the proper clearance between fabric and slide out trim.
Definitely have a helper to slide the fabric onto the rail - not sure how you would do it solo!
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The circumstances of my application required that I remove the gutter. I was fortunate in that the slide channel covered the gutter mounting holes. I would install the toppers so that when extended there is slope to the fabric to facilitate runoff and help prevent pooling.
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Previous camper installed topper ourself following what others have already shared. Our 2016, had them installed with the purchase. Either way, you want the rail below the main rain gutter. The rest should be included with directions and will depend on manufacturer. The mounting hardware will go in the top corners regardless because that is where you have something solid to mount to just below the trim.
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The general rule of thumb is about 4-6" slope of the fabric, regardless how you get there.
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The general rule of thumb is about 4-6" slope of the fabric, regardless how you get there.
Where do you get that rule of thumb? I've never seen a slide topper with that much slope. The ones on my Horizon might have an inch or two drop from the coach to the roller and same with the Crusader.

Many applications I have seen don't have anywhere near 6" to play with.
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