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Old 08-22-2014, 01:23 PM   #11
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I camp on the whole west coast from Wa. To Ca. About 2K miles worth one way 2x3times a year for 6-7 weeks at a time and will always hit rain at some point. I wouldn't be with out the awning mainly because of the rain. If you just have a small dip in the roof.when you close it that water is now on the inside of the TT. When driving down the road it can run down the sides to the flooring edges and the exposed underlayment that you can't see unless you were to remove the slide. It will rot the floor. I was at Campworld and toured their shop and saw this first hand and it's a very expensive repair that you can prevent if you either remove any water before you pull the slide in or just buy the awning. I chose the awning because when getting ready to move to another location there are to many other things to do and think about. And if by chance I do get a little rain up there it's only on the edges and not much more than a mist.
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Old 08-22-2014, 01:31 PM   #12
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So If I don't mind going up the ladder to clean off the slide , I don't need a topper ?
Am I missing something?
Nope. As far as I am concerned, they are primarily convenience. If you don't mind going up there every time you pack up and sweeping, then you probably don't need them. While I don't mind crawling up onto my camper, I am the type that wants to keep it easy. Thats why we trailer camp now and not tent. Roll in awning, roll in slide, hook up to truck and gone! We camp a lot and move a lot, so its a big time savings for my wife and I.

I also worry about it puddling up there and then rolling it in. There is a rubber seal but water will still get through and get the inside of your trailer wet. Ask me how I know!
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Old 08-22-2014, 01:35 PM   #13
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I camp on the whole west coast from Wa. To Ca. About 2K miles worth one way 2x3times a year for 6-7 weeks at a time and will always hit rain at some point. I wouldn't be with out the awning mainly because of the rain. If you just have a small dip in the roof.when you close it that water is now on the inside of the TT. When driving down the road it can run down the sides to the flooring edges and the exposed underlayment that you can't see unless you were to remove the slide. It will rot the floor. I was at Campworld and toured their shop and saw this first hand and it's a very expensive repair that you can prevent if you either remove any water before you pull the slide in or just buy the awning. I chose the awning because when getting ready to move to another location there are to many other things to do and think about. And if by chance I do get a little rain up there it's only on the edges and not much more than a mist.
What he/she said^^ You will get water in trailer if you roll in the slide while wet. Water on the edges of the slide is minimal. But if there is a puddle on top, I've seen it stream down the side between a gap in the seal and onto my floor. And its one less thing to deal with during pack up!
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X2 what UPCamper, Ela1948 and the other pro commenters have said! For us, it's all about the convenience and time savings. I'm up on the roof a few times a year claeaning, covering & checking the caulk. Heights are not my favorite thing & as I get older, my knees & shoulders talk louder! Not to metnion the main benefits of keeping debris & water off the slide and helping keep the trailer cooler in the heat! If it does rain & water pools on the topper, I just get up on a step stool & slide a broome uner the topper & knock the water off. This takes all of 5 minutes and that's the only thing I do to the slide when camping. I can't imagine we would ever be without the topper(s). But, I'm still trying to find a way to reach the seal with the silicone spray in the middle of the slide. Any suggestions on that?
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Old 08-26-2014, 07:46 AM   #15
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So If I don't mind going up the ladder to clean off the slide , I don't need a topper ?
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No.
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For us, it's all about the convenience and time savings. Not to metnion the main benefits of keeping debris & water off the slide and helping keep the trailer cooler in the heat! If it does rain & water pools on the topper, I just get up on a step stool & slide a broome uner the topper & knock the water off. This takes all of 5 minutes and that's the only thing I do to the slide when camping. I can't imagine we would ever be without the topper(s). But, I'm still trying to find a way to reach the seal with the silicone spray in the middle of the slide. Any suggestions on that?
I'm just trying to understand this.
If it only takes you 5 minutes to get on a stool and slide a broome and knock the water off then what's the purpose of having the topper if your doing what one does without a topper?
Now even though you say you can't imagine you would ever be without a topper try to imagine this.... being able to get to that section of weatherstrip that you want to spray the silicone on that currently is out of reach because of that topper.
I'm not trying to be an &ss but you just contradict yourself justifying having a slide topper.
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Mike,
You will get every answer under the sun from different people as to why they like or need a topper or don't need one but like I stated if they were so needed to prevent damage etc... Jayco and other manufactures would make toppers standard on units with slides. The fact of the matter is the main reason why damage occurs to RV's is from people who don't take care of them or want to be bothered doing preventive maintenance etc...
Just my opinion of course.
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Old 08-26-2014, 08:33 AM   #18
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[QUOTE=. But, I'm still trying to find a way to reach the seal with the silicone spray in the middle of the slide. Any suggestions on that?[/

It's real easy, go to Lowes or Home Depot and in the paint department they sell paint roller extension poles . I wrap an old dish cloth around the end and hold it on with a rubber band then spray the dish cloth and when on my ladder hold it like a pool cue and go back and forth. They extend out at least 10-12'.
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I was agasint them on the first 2 units and have them on my current one. I don't have to clean the roof any longer under those as it is primarily dust that is under there. I do have to clean the awnings, but that goes quickly. They are black so limited mildew stains which is a plus. No, I don't go up there and sweep, as it falls off as it rolls in. So another plus if you camp in areas of heavy debris, like under trees.

Your slide roof tape and seals have limted UV exposure so I equate that to longevity of those components. The larger slides can develop puddles as I have seen on previous units and the seals don't sweep all that water off.

At the beach they did not flap as I thought they would and were quiet. Now time will tell how well they hold up and that will weigh on my decision should we order another unit down the line. For now I am happy and sold on them.
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To answer your question the slide awnings are not needed. there are plenty of campers without them. I had them installed on my dual slide TT for convience.
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