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mlts22

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Posted: 02/13/12 09:31am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

X4 on sonicsix. They might flap in the wind, but what slide toppers provide is a primary barrier to most water entry. Without it, the only thing standing between the water outside and your inside RV is 1-2 rubber wipers, and just a small hole or crack can cause water intrusion.

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Posted: 02/13/12 11:10am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

if she believes it is a waste of money, let her climb up on the roof and sweep the leaves and pine cones from the slide every time you get ready to go home. In a few camping trips you will find an awning on the door step delivered by UPS.

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Posted: 02/13/12 03:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Have 2 slides, with toppers on both, wouldn't be without them.


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Posted: 02/14/12 01:20am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I have three of those swimming pool long foam bananas taped together in a triangle with a rope tied on one end. I slide that in between the topper and slide and that will most often stop wind noise. The rope makes it easy to pull out. I would not be without a slide topper as parked in the trees most of the time and any twigs leaves etcetera will just fall off as the slide retracts. I do usually have the DW watch as the slide retracts in case something sticks to the topper so it doesn't get rolled up. Has not happened yet.


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Posted: 02/14/12 06:28am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Didn't have one over our 5th wheel slide but have one now on our coach full-wall slide; would not be without one again.


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Getting ready to order a Flagstaff Microlite with slide for the jackknife couch. I thought it might be prudent to order a slide awning - DW says its a waste of money.

We had the same debate - decided no awnings and are thrilled with our decision. They get loud in the wind, tend to stretch out of shape, and we've known many people who can't sleep with them flapping even under the slightest breeze.


For those of you with slides on your RV, is it necessary to crawl up there and sweep debris off every time?

Every time - no. But when we parked under pine trees - yes. With the awning covers, you may still get debris under your covers and then it's even more difficult to sweep the slide.


Also, when parked (stored in backyard) - slide open or closed.

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Posted: 02/14/12 07:11am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

mlts22 wrote:

X4 on sonicsix. They might flap in the wind, but what slide toppers provide is a primary barrier to most water entry. Without it, the only thing standing between the water outside and your inside RV is 1-2 rubber wipers, and just a small hole or crack can cause water intrusion.


Just to offer a differing opinion - we've had 3 rigs (2 TT, 1 FW) since 2001 and lived in Oregon where there is LOTS of rain LOTS of the time. Never had slide toppers and never had water entry due to lack of toppers. (Never had water entry at all.)

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Posted: 02/14/12 08:40am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

somewhat depends on where/when you camp IMHO.

do you camp in the rain? Do you camp under trees, especially any trees with needles? If yes, then yes slide covers are worth it. If not, then I see them of minimal value. We answered yes to both questions, and it took only a few outings to realize slide covers would be very helpful, and they have been.

I also suspect that they will help some if you camp in direct sun to provide some heat relief. with the slide cover out, the top of the slide won't get the direct sunlight.


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Do the colors of the awnings make a difference? My regular awning is black.


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We have two and would get them again. As far as color, ours are white and are showing their age, next time we will go for a more "dirt" color.

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