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Old 07-28-2018, 09:50 PM   #15
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I've seen rigs without slide toppers and imo, that seems crazy. We camp in the woods and there is always debris falling from trees onto the topper. Most of it is small but there are times when bigger sticks and such collect up there. I can imagine a stick or pine cone damaging the seal if it were allowed to come in with the slide. I would not want to have to check and clean the top of the slide before every retraction. And has been stated above, the water issue is pretty much non existent with the topper.
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Old 07-29-2018, 06:41 AM   #16
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions. Yes we have a slide topper. I believe that, because of the length of the slide, the topper forms a valley that collects water. When the slide comes in the water flows over the ends and on to the slide top. Also, we are not crazy about lowering or raising the ends of the coach with the slides out but we will try. Also we made Styrofoam plugs for the ends to keep any water from blowing in under the topper. Thanks everyone for your comments. Wish we hadn't bout an RV with a full wall slide. Expensive lesson.
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The full wall slide might be more susceptible for water to "Pool" on the topper, but it also occurs on shorter slides. After a rain, I just bring ours in 1/3 of the way and watch for water to drain. Then 2/3 for more drainage and then finally all the way in. We have never had water get inside with this method.

One of the nice touches by Newmar is where the topper recoil is mounted. Instead of mounting it to the outer edge of the slideout to be unwound as the slide goes out, it is mounted to the coach above the slide to be pulled out by the slide. This puts a slope to the topper that sheds the rain water as it falls and does not accumulate. Unfortunately, my Tiffin has the topper mounted to the slide out.
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