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Old 01-21-2016, 11:18 PM   #1
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Topper cover

Anyone out there have any suggestions on purchasing topper covers for slideouts. Pros and cons of buying versus not buying just sweeping each time i retract the slideout

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Old 01-22-2016, 06:07 PM   #2
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Seems to be a pretty popular topic lately, as I've seen it come up on at least three forums in recent weeks. The short version is that people either love them or hate them with nothing between.

The arguments FOR them are that they keep leaves and twigs off of the slide roof, which keeps the seals happier. They also provide some shade for the top of the slides which tends to keep them somewhat cooler.

The arguments AGAINST them are that they are noisy when it is windy. They tend to sag when it rains, so that people try all sorts of things to keep the water from pooling. There is also a small weight penalty (the weight of the toppers comes right out of the weight of the stuff you want to carry.

Should you get them? Your choice.

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Old 01-22-2016, 09:21 PM   #3
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The $1800 cost from the dealer along with the complaints mentioned above turned me away.
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Old 01-22-2016, 09:31 PM   #4
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Worth the money protects the slide and keeps water away from the roof and seals.. I laugh when you see people pull in and they have leaves pinched between wall and slide hanging out lol clean them off there not sealed with junk stuck in seals
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Old 01-26-2016, 09:36 PM   #5
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Up here in the Northwest....

It tends to rain a lot up here and with a level trailer the slide can hold water in a heavy rain that can make it through the seals. Especially if there is a driving wind.

I installed a Carefree by myself in an hour or so and have not had any leak issues since. Also, there is very little debris collecting on the slide top.

I think I paid about $500 for the topper and the installation was free.

My second slide is covered by the trailer awning so I only needed the one for the drivers side of the TT.

Highly recommend getting one installed.

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