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Old 07-03-2016, 06:05 AM   #1
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Should I add a slide topper?

I just bought my first TT that has a slide out. The first trip out the Campsite was under a large pine tree....over the course of a week a lot of debris from the tree fell on the TT. It wasn't a huge job the sweep it all off but it got me thinking maybe I should add a slide topper. The dealer quoted me $663 to install one. I am pretty handy and am confident I can install one myself.

Is it worth it to install one? The slide out is a bed so it sticks out pretty far about 5Ft.

How difficult is it to install?

Any recommendations on brand/model?


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Old 07-03-2016, 07:09 AM   #2
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Just as long as you have it attached at a strong point I think you could. I don't know if they beef up the areas where the brackets go.
I think they are more trouble than anything else. They flap in the wind and eventually tear at the corners. During a storm you need to bring in the slide to protect the topper. I would rather brush off the top of the slide when necessary than add a topper.
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:31 AM   #3
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I chose to install a a care free and have found that it was fairly simple to install after finding installation documents at their web site.
I chose to go with a topper as I like to leave early and do not want to get up on it to sweep it off. The carefree products seem to puddle water easier than others
I would buy a The next time as it looks to be a better product
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Old 07-03-2016, 07:59 AM   #4
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IMHO, they work better on short slides than long ones. They do eventually stretch and blow in the wind, and can be noisy when flapping. Stuff can blow underneath them on occasion. Some use beach balls or pool noodles underneath to keep them taught. I have a large slide that only takes a few minutes to clean before retracting. Keep it simple.
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Old 07-03-2016, 08:43 AM   #5
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I recently had a slide topper installed on our new Bullet for that very reason; to keep debris and most of the rain off the top of the slide and prevent debris damage to the slide seals.
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Old 07-03-2016, 09:14 AM   #6
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Buy a cordless blower save the expense of the slide toppers plus the noise from flapping in the wind can really suck.
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:12 AM   #7
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Thanks for the responses. I never considered noise factor. Sounds like I should just wait and see how things go.
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Old 07-03-2016, 10:41 AM   #8
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A tip for when it rains and you don't have a slide topper: before closing your slide run your tongue jack up or down to put a slope on the slide and let as much water as possible run off the top of the slide. Then put the TT back level before closing the slide. I do that even with a slide topper.
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Old 07-04-2016, 05:24 AM   #9
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We prefer a slide topper. We had one on our previous trailer for over 8 years and had no tearing problems. Yes, on occasion, they flap but we haven't had that problem that often but it will depend on where you camp/travel. And, if there has been a lot of rain and water accumulates, it only takes a minute or two to slowly retract the slideout and allow water to drain off. I think the benefits outweigh the negatives but it boils down to "different jokes for different folks!"
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Old 07-04-2016, 06:36 PM   #10
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I would have to say it's a must to keep debris and water off your slide. We had one installed just before taking delivery and it's fantastic. No problems with water build up. We recebtly had 9 hours of rain continuous. For some reason (and I don't know why/how) ours tips the puddle when it gets too much. When it rains ...every 10mins or so you can hear it pouring off the topper onto the floor. It must be just luck of the draw as I see no mechanism that I can say that creates this effect. Maybe its designed and installed at a slight angle? Not sure..And to be clear this is the slide topper NOT the awning.
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I wouldn't without them on my slides.

Only negative I can offer is when the wind starts holding steady above 25 mph I pull the slides in to protect the toppers.

Not sure this is really necessary but it makes me feel better.
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Thanks for the responses. I never considered noise factor. Sounds like I should just wait and see how things go.
Some people just throw a rope over the slide topper to stop the noise.
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Old 07-10-2016, 06:29 PM   #13
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Most people that I talk to who travel to Arizona don't like slide toppers because the wind there drives them crazy with the flapping noise. The other 48 states need them. I' m sure not going to get a blower out during a rain storm to blow off the slide before bringing it in. Over time the dirt and debris will damage the top seal and you will get a leak. Eventually all slide will leak and the topper prevents that to a great degree. There are some models that also pivot down over the outer edge of the slide to provide shade for the windows. If you don't want the shade then fold it up to the outer top edge and it retracts to that point. These seem to be the best alternative.
Don't be without slide toppers if for no other reason than to prevent leaks.
Final comment. Be sure to watch your slide seals and make sure they are clean and positioned properly at all times. Treat them with conditioner occasionally to keep them operating properly.
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We had a bad rain storm in the desert last year. We had 4 near by rv which had them. By the end of the flooding rain 3 had them ripped or gone from their rv.

I looked at them but I just used a broom and move on myself.

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