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Posted: 01/20/21 05:46pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Question for those who have slide toppers. Rain, especially heavy rain is extremely loud on the roof of our slides. Much more so than our previous rig. Keeps us awake on rainy nights. How much will slide toppers dampen rain noise?


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Posted: 01/20/21 07:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

"How much..." is subjective, but there's no question toppers do muffle the rain noise somewhat.


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Posted: 01/20/21 08:22pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Could be trading rain noise for flapping noise from high winds?


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Flapping noise, flapping noise!! So many make such a big deal about toppers and wind noise. Yes it can happen, mostly on very large slides. Big deal!! No damage, just a bit of noise!! If it's that windy, you'll be hearing the wind and other sounds outside of the rv anyway!! Our main slide topper is 169" long, and, yes, it does "flap" occasionally. Doesn't bother us, and it sure doesn't bother the woodland creatures!! So many noise "police" out there in their rvs!

Sorry for the rant, but had to let off steam!! Any slide topper topic always has the NOISE'rs come out of their shells.


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TUCQUALA wrote:

Flapping noise, flapping noise!! So many make such a big deal about toppers and wind noise. Yes it can happen, mostly on very large slides. Big deal!! No damage, just a bit of noise!! If it's that windy, you'll be hearing the wind and other sounds outside of the rv anyway!! Our main slide topper is 169" long, and, yes, it does "flap" occasionally. Doesn't bother us, and it sure doesn't bother the woodland creatures!! So many noise "police" out there in their rvs!

Sorry for the rant, but had to let off steam!! Any slide topper topic always has the NOISE'rs come out of their shells.


AND if it really bothers you it's EXTREMELY SIMPLE AND CHEAP to solve. Just get some of the luggage wraps like below long enough to cover the slide topper and attach some paracord to each end long enough to go completely around your slide. Then in those very, very rare instances of high wind simple throw the wrap over the top of the slide and run the rope ends around the slide so the wrap can be cinched down on the topper to basically reduce the span subject to flapping in half and unless you're in a hurricane that should eliminate any "FLAPPING".

In over 13 years and some 1,000 nights of camping I have encountered this flapping issue less than 5 times.

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The Noisers? That's a good one.


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Posted: 01/21/21 03:45am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We used to have a 5th wheel with the head of the bed in the slide out. When it rained it was impossible to sleep. Then we added a slide topper and the problem was significantly reduced. Enough that we were no longer awakened to the sound of a freight train when it rained.

* This post was edited 01/21/21 11:55am by RobWNY *


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Our second MH had slides and toppers. When raining you could not tell that rain was falling on the slides or the toppers . . . because the noise on the fiberglass roof was so loud.

Sorta like the ole boy that was so particular he complained because we wasn't hung with a new rope. Good grief

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And IME, many of the posters who comment on the flapping issue of slide toppers, don't even have them, they just have read or heard about it.

I wouldn't be without them, and I've never noticed the wind being an issue.


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