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Old 02-19-2018, 09:44 PM   #1
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Slide toppers

Just purchased a new travel trailer. Dealer recommended slide toppers. Are they worth the investment?
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:45 PM   #2
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In a word... YES!
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Definitely, cheap in the long run
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Old 02-19-2018, 09:58 PM   #4
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Had a TT without toppers. Have had two motorhome with toppers. Toppers are a very good thing.
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Old 02-20-2018, 12:12 AM   #6
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We had them installed when we bought based on recommendation from my best friend. He said they’re definitely worth it.
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Absolutely! I would never have any RV without slide toppers!
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Had three 5th wheels with no slide toppers I never missed not having them. MY MH has them on all three slides. One worn out so I took it off. I'll replace it when I get around to it. To me they aren't a must have item.
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I found they are helpful when we stay in wooded areas in the fall. They keep most of the leaves and pine needles off my slide tops which keeps them out of my side seals. They also keep the roof of my kitchen slide shaded which is where my fridge is. It seems to help the fridge cooling a bit, at least in my rig. They do require more maintenance though to keep them nice.
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On the TT we owned before this MH, we had no slide topper. I had to bring a 6’ ladder to sweep the pine needle, small branches, leaves and such before closing. Toppers are one of the first things I recommend to friends looking to buy a rv with slides.

You will be glad you installed them.

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On the TT we owned before this MH, we had no slide topper. I had to bring a 6 ladder to sweep the pine needle, small branches, leaves and such before closing. Toppers are one of the first things I recommend to friends looking to buy a rv with slides.

You will be glad you installed them.

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I have to agree with that. I forgot to add in my other post that my former TT did not have them. I did the same and climbed a ladder because the trailer was lower and had one slide instead of four. It was easy.

The former owner of my current rig (13'6" high and four slides) did not have toppers before I installed them. I climbed up inside with all the slides in when I bought it and cleaned off all the debris that was drawn in under the seals. The thing I noticed most was small sticks (which may damage the seals over time in/out) seed pods and pine needles. So when the sticks and pods go under the seals when you are moving the slides in if it's raining (or is still wet), water can come in with them. I say that from experience. Not a lot, but enough that I do what I can to eliminate most of it.

I don't think anything is perfect in the RV world, so there are some minor downsides to them like keeping them clean and dry. If they are wet when I roll them in, I extend slides on the first chance to dry them out like your regular awning. The other thing I found in my situation is they actually keep the bedroom slide quieter in the rain since the rain hits the topper, not the slide roof directly.
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I'M HOPING, absolutely worth it. Not only for keeping debris off and out of seals, but protects top seals from UV and reduces heat on the slide roof which generally means a cooler camper (temperature wise) overall.
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I would much rather replace the slide topper from pine needle or stick damage, than redo the slide seals or roof.
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