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Posted: 02/17/21 06:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We recently traded our old camper in on a new one. The new one has slide toppers whereas the old one didn't. We have a probable rain/ice storm coming in the next day or so. On the old camper I just opened up the slides and turned on the refrigerator in preparation to live in it in case of a prolonged power outage.

With the toppers I am leery of opening them up, but if I don't I can't use the heat since the slides cover the floor vents.

Question is Will is be ok to open the slides or not? I don't want to damage the toppers but at the same time don't want to freeze in the house. I can access the refrigerator so that is no problem.

Thanks in advance.

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That is what toppers are for , to keep debris , rain and snow off !

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Yes toppers can ice up and must defrost to close the slide. Isn't there an air gap between the vents and slide bottom when retracted alowing the heater to work? Or open a cabinet door or drawer to help with air circulation. All of my slides have access to the floor air when retracted, just hard for me to visualize a sealed slide when retracted.


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wanderingbob wrote:

That is what toppers are for , to keep debris , rain and snow off !
In theory. In practice they may need to be cleared before retraction especially with ice and snow. It's construction and conditions dependent.

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Yes you can use your toppers in those conditions.... they will be great in keeping possible leaks from forming and debris getting in when done..

You just have to make sure they are free and clear of any ice/snow before closing them up..

If they are black, they will heat in the sun much faster and thaw anything once it gets direct sun.


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Yes, use the slides with the toppers, as others have said, that's what they're for. When they do ice up, we slowly retract the slides while someone watches outside, as the ice sheet will naturally slide off as the slide goes in, but watching it is best. We've done this since 2010 when we got our unit with toppers and have never damaged them. If you're concerned, you can get up there with a ladder and clear them, but we've not found that to be necessary.


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Thanks everyone! I just got back from talking to one of the technicians at my dealer and he told me the same thing. Open and use and just be careful when closing back to make sure any ice/snow has melted.

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Open before it gets below freezing so you don't rip off any seals. Close after it warms up.....so you don't rip off any seals.


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schlep1967 wrote:

Open before it gets below freezing so you don't rip off any seals. Close after it warms up.....so you don't rip off any seals.


I opened them about an hour ago.

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