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Old 05-04-2015, 06:55 PM   #1
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Slide Out Toppers

I am interested in getting and installing one of those slide out toppers.

what is the general consensus on these?

are they worth it?

pros and cons?
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Old 05-04-2015, 06:59 PM   #2
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JMO, they are very worth it. I would not have an slide out with out them.

They keep the garbage off the slide out, since i have a physical problem using ladders, this is priceless to me.

I let the dealers install them.
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Old 05-04-2015, 08:02 PM   #3
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Thumbs up on slide toppers. I recommend getting the dark ones. I have white ones that just look cheaper. They came with the trailer. Plus white ones I think shows dirt and stains from leaves.

Also if you have a long slide that topper is likely to hold rain water.

Even with those downsides I do not have to brush off the slide before I bring it in.
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Old 05-04-2015, 11:33 PM   #4
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Pay more for higher quality fabric. You get what you pay for.
The only down side that I have heard is that if you winter in the SW the wind flapping the topper will drive you crazy. Most of the people I talked to just retracted them at night.
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Old 05-04-2015, 11:40 PM   #5
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Haven't had a rig with slide outs that didn't have them.
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Old 05-05-2015, 07:22 AM   #6
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Heard they can get noisy in the wind, and as I'm a light sleeper we haven't put one on. The ones I've seen only retract when the slide comes in, not separately. I bring in the awning at night for the same reason if there's any chance of a breeze.

So I use a ladder and sweep off the top if necessary.
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Something else to get dirty.


Might be worth while if you can't get on yours roof, or you camp in the direct sun.
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Good to keep dirt out of the unit, helps shed water and keeps the slide out cooler in hot weather.

Couldn't do without them. Only problem has been having them become unstitched in very high winds.
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had back surgery, so I am not able to climg up the ladder. Main reason I have an RV. I really miss tent camping...
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Old 05-07-2015, 12:22 PM   #10
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Question Has anybody used them in heavy winds (20-30+ mph)?

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Heard they can get noisy in the wind,
I sometimes camp in the Columbia and Snake River canyons and the wind can hit 20-30+mph.
Are the slide toppers safe for use in high winds like this?
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I sometimes camp in the Columbia and Snake River canyons and the wind can hit 20-30+mph.
Are the slide toppers safe for use in high winds like this?
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We have a slide topper on our 2013 Wind River 250rdsw. We camped in Watertown national parks. Couldn't put the awning out due to high winds however the slide topper was just fine.
Don't see it as an issue.

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We spent last week on South Padre Island,20-30 mph breezes were the norm. Topper fluttered a little bit.Not a big problem,considering having the South Texas sun directly on the slide top,where the insulation is the thinnest, could be a Dutch oven.
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I have seen folk put foam noodles in between the slide and topper to reduce the flapping in the breeze
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I was out in the desert a couple of weekends ago and it was really windy. Winds of 25-35 mph with gusts of 50 mph. Came close to pulling in the slides, but the toppers didn't appear to be flapping too much. Maybe the position of the MH in relation to the wind made a difference, as my friend's topper on his full wall slide did tear.
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