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Old 01-23-2018, 04:36 PM   #1
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Slide Toppers

Just trying to see what others think about them? Do you use them or feel they are a waste, I am questioning if I need them
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:20 PM   #2
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You need them. Yes they make noise when it is very windy but that is the only downside. Up side you don't have to climb on your roof to sweep off the slide roof when you want to close the slides. No leaves, water, pine needles,or other debris being dragged inside the rig when closing the slides. Ok yes you can get snow on them but when you close the slide the snow just falls off. Plus just stay out of where it snows.
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:35 PM   #3
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We never camp under trees and I have no issues with climbing on top to sweep off my roof, I just cant see the justification, as ppl I have talked to say they are a maintenance nightmare, also if they were so critical why wouldnt MFGs just add them to all units? Not arguing just trying to find a good justification for them 🤔
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Old 01-23-2018, 05:50 PM   #4
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I am on my second Montana with toppers and never had to do a thing to them. There is no maintenance at all. I am just turning 75 years old and am not going to climb on the roof of this rig. Getting up there is not the problem getting down is. One has to just about lay on your belly to navigate onto the ladder because the top railing of the latter is so close to the roof. plus DW says I can't climb on latters anymore.

They are not critical just another upgrade to make things easier and safer.

Ok quick question am I wrong or are toppers a maintenance problem?
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Old 01-23-2018, 06:14 PM   #5
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Did not have them on my last sob 5er. There was no ladder on that 5er either. Had to carry a ladder with me and break it out every morning before breaking camp to clean off the one super slide. Pain in the a@#. There always seemed to be dew on the top of the slide. Not wanting that moisture introduced to the interior, I had to dry off the slide. Had to close the slide a few times in the rain, threw a bunch of towels on the slide as it entered the RV. Another pain in the a@#.


Had my Montana 1 year before getting slide toppers. That first year, I had to climb up with a broom and towel to sweep and dry the slides. Now I'm doing that to five slides. One year anniversary, I splurged and got slide toppers. Camping World, 2016, five slides, $2200 installed, same day. Now I don't have to go on the roof every single trip I take to clean and dry the slides. Additionally, I noticed that with the air gap between the slide topper and the slide roof, the slides are a bit cooler.


Some folks carry electric blowers to clean off the slides. There are some that have attachments for their blowers that allows them to do it without getting on the roof. That, however, does not address the rain.


If you never park under trees and it never rains, then don't spend the money. They are not a critical upgrade but they sure do look cool.
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Old 01-23-2018, 06:19 PM   #6
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My High Country came with mine , I love them no work, and always clean inside
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:01 PM   #7
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Had them on the old rig, but since we spend most of our time in the west, don't have them on the new rig.
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:01 PM   #8
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I've been considering them, but not a huge priority. Out here in the west we seldom get leaves and stuff on top of the slides; I've never swept them off.
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Old 01-23-2018, 08:39 PM   #9
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You need them. Yes they make noise when it is very windy but that is the only downside. Up side you don't have to climb on your roof to sweep off the slide roof when you want to close the slides. No leaves, water, pine needles,or other debris being dragged inside the rig when closing the slides. Ok yes you can get snow on them but when you close the slide the snow just falls off. Plus just stay out of where it snows.
I like this reply and agree. Had them on our 2006 3400 no maintenance required and they were in good shape when traded in 2013 also have them on this 2013. I agree they make noise when very windy but it has to be VERY windy.If you are good with climbing up there and cleaning off debris that is fine. The toppers makes travel easier for us like the leveling system, Mor Ryde IS system, TPMS, Back up cam, etc
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Old 01-23-2018, 09:53 PM   #10
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We have them on are's and like them keeps all the crap & rain off the slides we have a lot
of trees and rain here in Washington St.

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Old 01-23-2018, 10:59 PM   #11
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Just like anything else. It's a matter of personal preference. I have 5 slides on mine and I don't have any toppers. I bought it used. It was a year old when I bought it. If I ordered it new I probably would have gotten them. If I want to I could have them installed now but I'm not. I'm still young enough where going on my roof is not an issue YET. I go on my roof before closing my slides to inspect and clean off any thing on top of them and also to inspect the roof. The way I look at it is I like the fact of not having toppers because it forces me to go on the roof to inspect it and find any issues before they become a problem. If I had toppers I feel that I would hardly go on my roof unless I had a problem...
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Old 01-24-2018, 06:25 AM   #12
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We do a lot of our camping in State Parks. There are trees. I stay off my roof unless I'm doing yearly inspections or maintenance. The toppers keeps our slides clean. Love them.
In the first few months we we had our camper, we were staying on the Outer Banks and a storm with wind came up. We were worried about the large slide topper ripping so we pulling it in during the storm. Have not done that since.
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Old 01-24-2018, 08:30 AM   #13
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In Florida the sun cooks them in a couple of years unless there white and then you get a year or so extra, but now you have to deal with mildew. I have home made toppers made from plastic roof panels that i use on the slides and take them down when we leave.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:21 AM   #14
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Our travel trailer did not have a topper. I added to the new 340. Will never have a camper without them. They are well worth the money
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:31 AM   #15
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We like the toppers also. As others have said, it stops you from bringing in water when you retract your slides. When we are under trees and it has been raining and the leaves are wet and sticking I use a broom from the ground to wipe them off so they don't get rolled up in the topper.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:51 AM   #16
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I'm nearly 70 and know old bones take long to heal on those that survive. Have had toppers on my last 3 5ers and will never be without them.
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Old 01-24-2018, 11:59 AM   #17
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This topic has been covered several times. At the end of the day I thinks it's a personal choice. I would hesitate to say they are necessary. I however have them. I plan to install them on next coach. It provides me with one less thing to worry about with regards to sweeping off the slide box tops. They make noise in windy conditions but that does not bother me.
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Old 01-24-2018, 01:24 PM   #18
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After having water come in my SOB trailer during a heavy rain,they have been a must have.
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Old 01-24-2018, 04:13 PM   #19
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I really believe in the value of the slide out toppers. They prevent debris and moisture from settling on the slides. They are absolutely worth the investment.
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Old 01-24-2018, 05:05 PM   #20
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I have 5th wheels both with and without covers. Will never have one in the future that does not have them. Got time of bringing in rain water when closing them up.
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