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Old 11-08-2013, 08:45 AM   #1
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Slide Topper Question

Anyone out there with a slide topper, but are not happy with it?
Trying to decide if I want to have one installed, and have heard things like leaves still get underneath.
We are not seasonal, and move around quite a bit on camping trips.

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Old 11-08-2013, 09:10 AM   #2
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We have toppers on all three of our slides. I would not do without them. I have had toppers on my slides for the last 10 or 12 years and have never ever had leaves underneath them. The only negative that I have about them is that they collect water when it rains. After a rain, you can either move the slide in somewhat until the water runs off or I take something and pull one end of the slide cover down and let the water run off. When pulling one end of the slide cover down, you need to be careful so that you don't get a cold shower!


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Old 11-08-2013, 09:32 AM   #3
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All three slides have toppers and this is my second camper with toppers on slides. I can't imagine not having them. It's cooler in summer and keeps the slide tops much cleaner. Debries gets on the toppers but not on the slide tops. If there is a negative I sure can't find it.
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Old 11-08-2013, 10:06 AM   #4
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I'm interested in this thread as I've been comparison shopping for a slide topper as well. So what do you have eldermike and djalbrec? I see Dometic makes one but I also hear good things about Carefree of Colorado. . .

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Old 11-08-2013, 04:45 PM   #5
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Slide Topper Question

I have a 05 Jayco Designer that I have had for about nine years . I put carefree slide covers on about the second or third year I had it . Some people complain about collapsing in heavy rain . I never had a problem at all. In very strong winds it will flap around some but it's got to be pretty windy. Two years ago on a trip out west in New Mexico it was so windy I had to pull the slide in to sleep. We picked up a Pinnacle 36 REQS this summer didn't have slide covers so I picked up some Dometic for the slides ( four to be exact ) I hope they are as good and trouble free as our Designer. The wife and I installed them in a day a full day . It was really easy but you have to have scaffolding at least 35 ft to hold and walk it in the track. Used the track that was already on the rig. Heading west after Thanksgiving will let you know how they are in comparison to the carefree.
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Old 11-08-2013, 06:21 PM   #6
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I'm still not sure if I want them or not. ... would like to see some posts from owners who have experience without slide toppers.
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:06 PM   #7
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I have never had them on any of my units. But I do check them before sliding them in. Never had any trouble here. I camp at many different places. Just my 2 cents.
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Old 11-08-2013, 07:31 PM   #8
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My first camper didn't have them, also didn't have a roof ladder so I had to lug an 8 ft ladder with me to clean the slide top before sliding in. My second camper had a slide topper and roof ladder. My Eagle has both as well and I wouldn't be without the toppers or the roof ladder.
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Old 11-08-2013, 08:46 PM   #9
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I have slide toppers on all 3 of my slides. I use an electric leaf blower to blow the pine needles etc. form between the slide & slide topper before I bring in the slides.
To keep the water from pooling on the slide topper I use the Airwedge it fits between the slide & slide topper. Works fine for me.
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Old 11-09-2013, 07:32 AM   #10
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Our first year with a slide and no topper revealed two problem situations;
- having to retract the slide during a rainy morning when on the go (water inside)
- having to climb and sweep off the debris, raining or not

From the comments so far, it seems a topper will reduce these issues, but maybe not fully? The idea of an air pillow under the topper is interesting, and sounds like it would suppress the wind flapping concern as well as the pooling of water.

Maybe there are some more comments yet? All are appreciated.

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