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kellem

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Posted: 10/05/20 08:53am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Well, had to eat my words on latest camping trip.

Our previous 2 trailers had slide toppers installed, our latest trailer with 2 slides we elected not to because of where our trailer parks at the house. We leave slides out year around and have easy access to the tops of slides for inspection.

To my point:
Our latest trip I failed to inspect the canopy of fallage above trailer while setting up. Next day noticed large dieing pine hanging over trailer so reported it. Campgrounds was full because....um Covid crowds so couldn't move.

Got home and hopped on cooler to find what looked like the Forrest floor resting on top of slides from interior. Quite the job to clean.

This is the first issue we've had without toppers so watch those DA#* pine trees.

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I had toppers installed on mine just because of that. Wouldn't have it any other way

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Posted: 10/05/20 09:41am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We traveled FT for 7 yrs
3 slideouts...no toppers
Slides went out/back in on a weekly bases

Routine was to 'sweep' roof of slides prior to retracting
Long paint roller 'extension; pole and a 90* long 'duster'
Takes roughly 5 minutes to walk around and sweep the tops


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Posted: 10/05/20 02:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

So perhaps you should rethink your decision on slide toppers. ??


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Posted: 10/05/20 03:00pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Not only do toppers keep stuff off the top of the slides, they greatly reduce heat gain through the slide roof.


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Several years ago we stayed a couple days at a campground that was doing a lot gardening and planting . Time to go , I closed the slide and took off . Down the road a hundred yards or so I looked in my mirror . I had closed my slide on a just planted 15 foot maple tree and tore it out of its new earth and was taking it back to Sopchoppy ..

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I always check my slide top before bringing it in. If it has leaves, or limbs on it. I brush them off.
Just one of the things that go with having slides. Close it on a limb, and your slide seal is toast.


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Sweeping off the slide is part of our departure routine. Not a big deal.


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GrandpaKip wrote:

Sweeping off the slide is part of our departure routine. Not a big deal.
X2. I always do the same then, nothing gets in seals and I'm sure it extends the life of them if there is no abrasive present.

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Posted: 10/06/20 08:35am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

How do you inspect the top of your slide when it is 10 feet off the ground? Climb up on a wet roof or drag out a ladder? No big deal? Sounds like a big deal to me. Sweeping wet Douglas Fir needles off a wet TPO covered slide is no picnic especially in the rain. Just the idea of carrying and storing brooms, ladders and extension handles seems like a pain. Slide toppers for me all the way.

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