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Posted: 02/18/12 06:23pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We have a motorhome with a full wall slide. While travelling to Florida this year, wind managed to destroy our slide topper. It has now been replaced but while walking around the campground, I noticed that most M.H.'s have slide toppers, while the majority of 5th wheels do not. How come? A slide is a slide - why don't all slides have a slide topper on them to prevent debris from getting in the mechanism when it is retracted etc.


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Slide toppers are mainly to keep the rain and leaves, etc, from entering your RV from the top of the slide. I don't know of any RV's that have any mechanism on the top of the slide? I don't see any value to investing in a slide topper, I take a broom or foxtail brush and clean off the top from time to time and always before I bring the sides in for travel. You should be more concerned with your bedroom slide if it retracts under your bed. People store all kinds of things under there that can jam up the slide travel and if you have an electric motor retraction system that can really mess up the gearing.

Most RV slides are deeper than the motorhome slides and when the side is extended the topper flaps in the wind so you have to invest in flap tensioners and install and remove them before you operate the slides, I have even seen people make a tee-bar out of PVC to keep tension on the topper to prevent it from flapping.


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Our TT came with toppers on both slides. At first I was excited to have them but after two weeks I am having second thoughts...the dang things make a lot of noise in heavy wind and the one on the big slide collects water during heavy rain so I will have to rig up something to keep the flap down and the water off. I think I liked it better when I just went up a ladder and cleaned the slides prior to retracting them.

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I would imagine it all comes down to cost. Look at the price difference between motor homes and 5th wheels.

I hadn't considered it but, as mentioned, the depth of the slide is considerably less on the motor home.

Personally I wouldn't be without them.


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Our MH came without them when purchased. We camped one year to see if we wanted them. The next year we installed them, as I got tired of climbing up on the roof to sweep off leaves, branches, and water that remained on the slide, etc. If you don't remove any standing water, when you close the slide it will roll down the sides into the RV. Our do not flap in the wind, and if water does pool on the topper it will roll off when the slide is closed and not into the MH.

I would not be without them.


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Would not be w/o them.

Those that don't have them really wish they did.


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shenandoahvalley wrote:

Our TT came with toppers on both slides. At first I was excited to have them but after two weeks I am having second thoughts...the dang things make a lot of noise in heavy wind and the one on the big slide collects water during heavy rain so I will have to rig up something to keep the flap down and the water off. I think I liked it better when I just went up a ladder and cleaned the slides prior to retracting them.


I would guess that perhaps they are not tensioned properly. We had our replaced last Saturday and had very strong winds for 2 days/nights. We didn't hear any flapping at all. Also, ours has a center ridge pole that forces rain off the slide topper and prevents puddling.

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we have a topper on our 12' slideout and we wouldn't be without it.
and never had any flapping or looseness issues.

we made the mistake of not getting one installed before we picked up the trailer. after 1 year of camping, we took it to CW to get one.


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My alpenlite has a nice slope on the slide, Water runs right off. It is air tight. The roof is r-11 insulation and I live and camp on the desert. Debries has never been an issue. IF camping under trees in sever winds, I check for limbs befor I slide in. I have seen a few leaves on top of slide when it is retracted but no big deal. 18 yrs used 88,000 miles, NO slide topper NO problems. Don't think a quality rig needs them.


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