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Old 02-08-2012, 12:43 PM   #11
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I just run the slide in for a moment... dont even have to go all the way in to dump the water....
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Old 02-08-2012, 10:19 PM   #12
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Not to be an smart a--------, you can allways leave the slide in and the topper won't get wet.
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Old 02-09-2012, 12:02 PM   #13
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Not to be an smart a--------, you can allways leave the slide in and the topper won't get wet.
The problem occurs when we are in the 5th wheel camping and it rains. So that might not be the best solution although it would keep them dry while in storage I think it is just going to take a little extra effort on my part. Just being lazy i guess, also felt like I was doing all this extra work with not much benefit. I figured that if I have to maintain these toppers I might as well maintain the top of the slide and do without the toppers. Now that some that responded to my post made me realize all the benefits it doesn't seem so bad anymore. Very doable and actually kind of excited that they are on there keeping my RV cooler in the summer and making the seals last longer.
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Old 02-09-2012, 03:00 PM   #14
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I would not be without them. Even with the extra problem of rain pooling.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:15 AM   #15
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if you are really that worried about rain pooling on the topper.. you can place a beach ball under there at the center of the slide-out and that will help the water run off
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Old 02-10-2012, 02:07 PM   #16
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I have the same Designer and I just run my slides in and then back out after a rain. That gets rid of any leaves, etc. that has collected up there since the last time also. It also keeps the slide mechanism working occasionally as well. I full time so moving the slides occasionally can't hurt the mechanism.
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Thanks to everyone for the great responses to my post. All were very helpful and made me feel much more confident and happy to have the slide out toppers on my 5er.
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Old 02-16-2012, 04:02 PM   #18
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You can also drop the nose of the unit a couple of degrees to unload the water. If you have multiple slides, this is quicker and faster. Only takes a little out of level to work!!
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You can also drop the nose of the unit a couple of degrees to unload the water. If you have multiple slides, this is quicker and faster. Only takes a little out of level to work!!
Why did'nt I think of that? Great solution, definitely going to try it. So simple!
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Old 09-28-2012, 07:39 PM   #20
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Rain Water Collecting on Slide Toppers

Awningairwedge.com They are made just for this purpose. I bought 2 of them for the 2 big slideouts and they work great.

You can also get small toy inflatable balls (they have a shiney finish) from Wal-Mart's. $1 each. Deflate them a little bit and they work great. Way more durable than a beach ball. You can space them out evenly under the topper and they easily keep the topper tight so the water doesn't collect. I used 2 of them under the kitchen slide topper. Just don't forget to take all of this out when you pull the slide in. By the way, once I set up I am on a site for the entire Summer.
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