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Old 08-22-2014, 05:28 AM   #1
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Are slide toppers needed???

Have a 26rls and think I may put on a slide topper but are they really needed ?
Looking for feedback from others who have had them and don't have them.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:00 AM   #2
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I find them noisy in the wind.. if you camp under trees esp pine trees they may be a good idea.. otherwise they are just boat anchors.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:21 AM   #3
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My last TT had one and my current TT doesn't.
I still found crap getting under the topper so I always swept the slide topper and slide roof off before closing it anyway which defeats the purpose of having a topper in my eyes.With that said I found it wasn't cost effective to purchase them for my current TT. Some people swear by them and their an absolute must and others like myself do just fine without them and find them not worth the money.
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Old 08-22-2014, 06:23 AM   #4
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The store bought kind are super expensive. I made a low-dough slide topper from a heavy duty silver tarp, some velcro and a sewing machine that really keeps my slide clean and dry. Check the mods section.
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:33 AM   #5
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I have had them on my two most recent trailers. I love them. I have never once had to get up there and clean the top of the slide. Not to mention, top of the slide has never gotten wet. When it stays clean and dry, so does the inside of your trailer. Mine are not noisy at all. They are snug and don't move in the wind. I guess it depend on your camping type. We spend most of our time in heavily wooded sites where we are constantly getting covered in needles, acorns, falling leaves, etc. We just roll it in and move.
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Old 08-22-2014, 07:56 AM   #6
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A big advantage to toppers beyond keeping the trash off of the slides is keeping the slide so much cooler. If you are setting in heavy sunlight, the slides are significantly cooler with toppers. They do the job of keeping the sun directly off of the slide roof and temperatures in the slides are much cooler. I had them installed before we picked up our unit from the dealer. I've had trailers both ways and I think they are well worth the cost!!!
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I have had them on my two most recent trailers. I love them. I have never once had to get up there and clean the top of the slide. Not to mention, top of the slide has never gotten wet. When it stays clean and dry, so does the inside of your trailer. Mine are not noisy at all. They are snug and don't move in the wind. I guess it depend on your camping type. We spend most of our time in heavily wooded sites where we are constantly getting covered in needles, acorns, falling leaves, etc. We just roll it in and move.
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I'm just too darned old to be climbing on the roof to sweep off three slides. UPCamper hit the nail on the head. My last two units did not have them and this is my first unit with them. We do the same type of camping he does and I would not be without them now!
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Only speaking from the perspective of not having a topper on my TT, when I camp near trees, it's standard protocol for me to use a Werner aluminum ladder that I carry with me (equivalent to the Little Giant but much cheaper) and inspect the top of the slide before closing it. I have a "T" on my water supply and spray water with a hose/nozzle to remove any debris. When I don't have hook-ups, I'll climb on the top of my TT roof with the ladder and sweep any debris off and inspect the rest of my TT roof while I'm up there.

I didn't think about the benefit of it shading the slide to reduce heat, but I also refuse to pick any sites that are anything but in the shade. Until it's physically difficult to climb the ladder, I'll continue to do it this way.

The other thing to keep in mind is that once you install them, you'll probably have mounting holes in the side of your camper, not to mention the added cost for when the awning material wears out.
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Only speaking from the perspective of not having a topper on my TT, when I camp near trees, it's standard protocol for me to use a Werner aluminum ladder that I carry with me (equivalent to the Little Giant but much cheaper) and inspect the top of the slide before closing it. I have a "T" on my water supply and spray water with a hose/nozzle to remove any debris. When I don't have hook-ups, I'll climb on the top of my TT roof with the ladder and sweep any debris off and inspect the rest of my TT roof while I'm up there..
I also do this, using the built-in ladder on my 28DSBH. Scoot up there with a broom and sweep off the top of the slide.

No need for a topper, as far as I can tell. If there was no slide, you wouldn't have an awning over that side anyhow for shade.
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Old 08-22-2014, 12:51 PM   #10
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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?
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