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Old 02-13-2015, 11:45 AM   #1
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Slide Topper

Just ordered first TT with a slide out.

Does anyone use a topper to protect the gaskets from UV rays and just junk in general. Not sure I want to take a trip on the roof to sweep the top off every trip.

Is there an issue with them "billowing" in windy conditions....I'm fanatical about the awning be tied down or retracted in the wind.....or as the DW says, "the slightest breeze"

As always, thoughts and recommendations would be appreciated.
I would also appreciate any brand recommendations ,if applicable, as well.

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Old 02-13-2015, 02:23 PM   #2
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I have them and love them. Convience mostly. Keeps the tops clean and dry without hassle. Mine don't blow in the wind or make any noise. Mine only puddle water in extreme rain and if they ever do, I just retract real quick and extend. If you retract slide without topper and a puddle on top, it will spill down the sides and into the camper.

People on here either swear by them or say they are a total waste of money. Lots of threads if you search. I strongly recommend them if you do a lot of wooded camping or live somewhere where it rains.
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Old 02-13-2015, 07:05 PM   #3
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I got my dealer to throw in a topper free as part of the negotiation for the sale. Not sure if I'd have paid the asking price bit happy I'm getting one.
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Old 02-13-2015, 07:09 PM   #4
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I don't have them on mine ... thought about it but the price for 3 slides after everything else was sort of cost prohibitive but when it is raining during teardown it can be a pain ...
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:06 PM   #5
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I think they are a good idea and have one on my trailer.
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Old 02-13-2015, 09:17 PM   #6
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If you camp under tree and don't see the pine cone up there and bring your slide in then you might be replacing that gasket before your next trip or you might rip the rubber roof. And every time you get ready to leave you'll need to either sweep it off or get all the water off or both. Oh, you'll need to carry a ladder tall enough so your arms are long enough to clean the entire roof.
Get the topper and you got nothing to do!
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Old 02-13-2015, 11:12 PM   #7
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Slide Topper

Seems like the higher end coaches have them. I'd want them if/when I have a slide. Seems only downside is cost and that's a cost I'd pay...
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Old 02-13-2015, 11:25 PM   #8
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I'm thinking about them. It just occurred to me the other day when I was waxing the unit that one slide has a skylight in the top of it. putting an awning over it would pretty much eliminate any light coming through that. On the other hand, it could prolong the life of it. Did notice that the tops of the slides have the same material on them the roof has. Our previous unit had a small slide and only came out about a foot. Now we have three, two of which come out about 2 1/2-3ft, it may be worth looking into. Good thread.
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I got my dealer to throw in a topper free as part of the negotiation for the sale.
Same here.

And as Tunce noted, if not removed pine cones are especially rough on the slide gasket --- and we have many pine trees in the South.
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Guess until I get them, I better make sure the tops are clean before bringing them in.
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