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Old 04-03-2016, 07:07 PM   #1
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slide toppers

Looking for advice on installing slide toppers, I have a 345BHTS, has anybody done an install themselves?
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:34 PM   #2
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I have a 345BHTS and I had them installed at the factory when I ordered mine last year.
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:51 PM   #3
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Had my dealer put them on after we had our 321RLTS about 2years. Never should have drove off lot without them on, didnt know you could get them.
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Old 04-04-2016, 06:36 AM   #4
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We had three toppers put on at the dealer before we took delivery. I have had them for two years now, camping every month. No problems whatsoever. My units before toppers were a PIA! Had to climb on the roof and sweep off before closing. Now that I am in my 70's, climbing on the roof has become much less of a viable option. Toppers are a must.
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Old 04-04-2016, 09:15 PM   #5
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We had three toppers put on at the dealer before we took delivery. I have had them for two years now, camping every month. No problems whatsoever. My units before toppers were a PIA! Had to climb on the roof and sweep off before closing. Now that I am in my 70's, climbing on the roof has become much less of a viable option. Toppers are a must.
I'm with you on this. First unit had no topper. What a pain...always had to climb up and sweep the slide. Next 5er came with a topper. Only issue is cleaning the top of the slide. They still get dirty and when they're 12 or 14' long it's hard to clean them well. Small price to pay though for the convenience of not having to climb and sweep. Ordered my new 321 with toppers on all three slides from the factory. Price was great.
Bite the bullet and have the dealer or CW install them.
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I thought about doing it myself, maybe to save a few bucks. But then I thought its probably not really worth the savings. Because I've never installed them before, you would need at least 2 people to assist you, not sure how easy the job really is, if you have an issue with them, you can't really call anyone for warranty work / repair. So I decided to just order toppers with my new camper. Price was good and I'm glad I did.

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What brand and model of topper are you using and why?
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Old 04-05-2016, 07:44 AM   #8
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I've installed a few here and there. Really not that difficult. There are only a few times during the installation where you need a second person. Overall if you're somewhat handy, it's easy and far cheaper to do it yourself. I can elaborated on how I do it if need be. Everybody has an opinion on what works better. The Dometic EZ Deluxe are the ones I've fooled with. Very simple.
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We just added toppers to our 317RLOK at the factory and the cost was <$1000. Aftermarket would have run us ~$800 a piece. My advice, get them factory installed.
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Whoever quoted $800 a piece doesn't want business. My bigger one was maybe $400 tops. Smaller one I just did on another rig was $272 sent to my door. That includes everything you need except the sealer of your choice. If interested, check out Makarios RV for their complete kits. At least I know what I have on mine and the others and I'm not relying on somebody else's install methods. Sorry, I just don't trust very many manf. Or dealers.
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