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Old 12-01-2015, 01:32 PM   #1
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Slide out Roof Snow Protection

Will be spending winter in ski country and wonder what the best way is to keep snow from accumulating on top of slide outs? I know awnings are an option but wonder how effective they are?
Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 12-01-2015, 04:22 PM   #2
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I doubt snow would be as much problem as ice. Slide awnings can help but would need something similar to a bolster to prevent collapse. You will also need a ladder, broom, scraper, etc to clean it off.
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Old 12-01-2015, 04:56 PM   #3
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I've spent time in snow, both with and without slide toppers. Without them snow and ice accumulates on the slide roof, and can cause water to leak inside the slide wall proper or inside the RV.
With slide toppers snow and anything else accumulates on the topper/awning, and does cause it to sag-as the weight pulls the springs tighter. The good thing about this is, as the slide is retracted the springs wind up the awning/topper material, causing everything on the awning/topper to be dumped off as the awning is wound up on the tubing.
For me, I would never again own an RV without slide toppers.
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Thanks. I was afraid that accumulated snow or ice on the topper would prevent it from retracting when the slide out is closed.
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I'm not understanding if you have just the slideout or if you have a topper to go over the slideout. Either way, if the slideout or if the topper itself get iced up it could prevent it from retracting until you can get the ice cleared. For both, I'd keep the slide swept of snow constantly so no buildups occur. It also seems you might be staying long-term. In that case, perhaps it'll warm up sufficiently to melt everything when you're ready to leave. Have fun on the slopes!
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Last night A full-timer friend called and we talked about slide toppers. He said he is removing the slide toppers from his Newmar Essex, because they get jammed-up with snow and ice when retracting the slides.
Nemar uses a different type slide topper, the material rolls up in a mechanism mounted to the slide in a housing instead of an open tube. This prevents snow/ice on the topper material from just dumping off while retracting.

I explained that removing his toppers will not solve anything because after removal, snow N ice will be on the slideout roof and jamb into the seals, preventing closure anyway. He is now considering switching to Carefree toppers as they do not jam up with snow N ice, instead allowing it to simply dump off while the material winds up.
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