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Old 02-14-2015, 10:49 AM   #11
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yeah I go on the roof and wipe mine with a towel before closing the slides ... just a real pain when it is raining...
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Old 02-14-2015, 11:36 AM   #12
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This question has been debated as long as there have been slides and awnings. And it's almost as divisive as the motor-coach, 5-er, TT debate; or the Ford, GM, Ram truck debate; or the wood, charcoal, propane grill debate. Some say they keep slide cooler, protect the slider roof membrane, and keep leaves, pine cones, sticks, acorns, and other debris off your roof. Others say they collect rain water, flap in the wind, need constant adjustment and maintenance . . . and the cost is outrageous!

I've been full-timing for 7 months, now, and have camped in a variety of locations. I prefer camping under trees to keep my trailer cooler; and I just like the ambience of that "camping in the woods" feeling. Yes, I get some junk on the roof, but it really doesn't take long to clean it off. I have a fold-up/telescoping ladder that I haul in the truck bed to use for trailer washing & waxing, window washing, roof maintenance, and the like. I just haul it out, set it up against the slide, and use a broom (or a sponge mop) to sweep it off. Only takes 10 minutes (max) from start to finish - as part of my normal tear-down procedure. I've toyed with the idea of a topper for my slide (which is about 18' long), but can't justify the price.

The couple camping next to me (at my winter home in Texas) have awnings on each of their 4 slides. They have to get their ladder & broom out once a month to sweep birds' nests from under their awnings. Then they have to get out the bucket & sponge to clean the bird poop off the sides of their trailer. Seems to me they have more maintenance to do with the awnings than I do without! That's just the way I see it.
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Just took the dog out for a potty, and noticed the birds are "rebuilding" their nests already. Neighbor just cleaned under their awnings yesterday! BTW, their 5'er is a Pinnacle, and I've already recommended The Forum to them.
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Old 02-14-2015, 12:14 PM   #14
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Just took the dog out for a potty, and noticed the birds are "rebuilding" their nests already. Neighbor just cleaned under their awnings yesterday! BTW, their 5'er is a Pinnacle, and I've already recommended The Forum to them.
Brownie, sounds like you shoulda got a bird dog! You left yourself wide open for that one.
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Old 02-15-2015, 04:40 PM   #15
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I carry a small leaf blower with me, If there is stuff on top of the slide I blow it off before I bring the slide in.
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Old 02-15-2015, 04:57 PM   #16
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I wonder how solid the area is where you have to bolt the piece to the side of the unit over the slide out, or if Jayco puts additional support in there??
When we got our latest unit, the one thing it didn't have was the rear ladder. I emailed Jayco about whether or not they put in ladder supports on all units. They checked the VIN on ours and said that it was not prepped for the rear ladder. Later I found the build sheet in the unit and it had on it, "delete rear ladder". Think I'll be getting one of those telescoping ones. It might also come in handy around the house.
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Old 02-16-2015, 11:30 AM   #17
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My previous 2 TT's had side toppers but they both only had one small side out. With 3 side outs and 2 of them being pretty large the cost seemed to high to me. Went all last year without the toppers and stayed in wooded sites and all went well.
But OMG I hadn't thought of that, what a great idea a small inexpensive leaf blower would definitely be better than standing at the roofs edge and sweeping. And a much cheaper solution than the cost of side toppers.
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Old 02-16-2015, 01:16 PM   #18
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When DW and I purchased our Pinnacle it didn't come with slide covers . The dealer wanted more than I was willing to pay . We ended up picking them up at camping world they were running a sale on them . The wife and I installed them in a couple days. I put the brackets on in one day. And the wife and i installed them the next day. It was really easy but you do need to borrow or rent some scaffolding .we have four slides and one was pretty big .
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But OMG I hadn't thought of that, what a great idea a small inexpensive leaf blower would definitely be better than standing at the roofs edge and sweeping. And a much cheaper solution than the cost of side toppers.
Except when it's raining.
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Well yea, then I can ask the wife to do it. :0
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