Journey with Confidence RV GPS App RV Trip Planner RV LIFE Campground Reviews RV Maintenance Take a Speed Test Free 7 Day Trial ×
 

Go Back   Montana Owners Club - Keystone Montana 5th Wheel Forum > MOC Technical Forums > Additions & Improvements
Click Here to Login

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-26-2023, 10:05 AM   #1
Coug60
Established Member
 
Coug60's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2023
Location: Larkspur
Posts: 18
M.O.C. #33387
Slide out toppers

I have a 2019 Montana 3121RL


I'm thinking about pulling the trigger on putting slide out toppers on my rig.
Has anybody done this and what are your thoughts...


Also if you did what brand did you use and did you put them on or have them professional mounted?
 
Coug60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2023, 10:12 AM   #2
jeffba
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Oct 2017
Location: Bastrop
Posts: 2,892
M.O.C. #20753
they are required to be part of the purchase. Dealer installed
__________________
Mocha, one-eyed toothless, hurricane survivor, Pirate dog
2019 20th Anniversary Edition 3701LK
B&W 20K for Ford OEM Puck
2018 Ford F-350 Lariat CCLB PSD DRW KJ5CQH
jeffba is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2023, 10:36 AM   #3
Mikendebbie
Montana Master
 
Mikendebbie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2018
Location: Austin
Posts: 2,360
M.O.C. #21044
Do a search on YouTube “installing slide toppers on an RV” and you will find hundreds of instructional videos on the subject. I think it would be a 2 man job for me.

Your next search might be “the pros and cons of slide toppers”.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_0020.jpg
Views:	21
Size:	172.8 KB
ID:	16008  
__________________
MikenDebbie Aggie Ď77 in the sticks near Austin TX
2019 Chevy 3500 High Country DRW
2018 Montana 3921FB
Aussie Gus + Texas Heeler Jimmy
Mikendebbie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2023, 10:48 AM   #4
mlh
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: Salem
Posts: 7,506
M.O.C. #2283
You can do it. Just be careful ordering. We had our dealer measure because another dealer told us measuring was tricky and sure enough our dealer ordered the wrong size.
Lynwood
__________________
www.harrellsprec.com
Lynwood Harrell
323 RL HC 2008 F250
mlh is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2023, 11:29 AM   #5
Our3231CK
Montana Fan
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Olmsted Falls
Posts: 207
M.O.C. #20364
We had toppers on our old unit and had them installed on the new one. Absolutely love them, they keep me from having to climb up and clean the slides prior to closing up. The pine needles, leaves and branches don't tear up the rubber seals. You don't get water inside when your leaving the morning it decides to pour with rain.
Also when were in the south the sun doesn't overheat the slide out.
We got ours installed at Tiarra RV following the national rally, they do great work
__________________
Rick & Joyce Jones
RMC(SW) USN Ret.; AT&T Ret.
2024 3231CK, IS, 400W Solar, Slide covers, Predator Gen,, 2016 Chevy High Country 3500 Diesel Dually
Our3231CK is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2023, 11:36 AM   #6
scottz
Site Team
 
scottz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Colorado Rockies
Posts: 1,894
M.O.C. #19755
I put them on all three slides myself. I used Lippert Solera toppers. The local RV dealer said it could not be done on my kitchen slide because of the way the awning was mounted. Wrong! it just took a little planning to figure it out. All I had to do was drill a couple extra holes in the mounting plates to find solid backing. The install will take two people. They have been on my unit for several years and work perfectly. They keep water, leaves, etc off the top or your slides and from the inside of your RV when the slides are brought in. I recommend them.

These guys had a good price; this is just an example, you will have to take measurements to find the correct toppers. Looks like prices have tripled since 2018.

https://www.rvautoparts.com/products...ide-out-awning
__________________
Scott & Alta
2017 Montana 3160RL, Legacy, Onan 5.5Kw, Solar
2022 F-450 Lariat Ultimate
scottz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2023, 12:01 PM   #7
Gonefishing
Montana Fan
 
Join Date: Sep 2023
Location: Jacksonville
Posts: 147
M.O.C. #33285
Have them on mine n love it
__________________
Bob, Kay and our 3 pups Lily, Willis and Gizmo
Jacksonville, Nc
Retired LEO of 35 years enjoying life camping n fishing
2021 Montana 3761fl pulled with a 2022 F350 King Ranch
Gonefishing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-26-2023, 12:38 PM   #8
seasure1
Seasoned Camper
 
seasure1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2022
Location: Manahawkin
Posts: 65
M.O.C. #32095
They should come as standard equipment. Bit the bullet and had the dealership install mine. I agree with everyone else from cooler inside temps to having to clean leaves etc before bringing the slides in
__________________
2023 Keystone Montana High Country 295RL
2022 GMC Sierra Duramax 2500 Denali
S&B 62 gallon diesel fuel tank
Slide toppers
seasure1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2023, 08:39 AM   #9
Daryles
Montana Master
 
Daryles's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2019
Location: Alton
Posts: 2,614
M.O.C. #24086
Make sure they are wide enough to overlap the sides by an inch or two.
Make sure you mount the wall rail high enough on the wall so it sheds the rain outboard and won't accumulate and pool up on the topper.
Ours pool water when it rains because they didn't mount the wall rail high enough.
__________________
Daryl and Marianne,
2019 3130re 20th Anniversary Edition
2016 F350 Lariat
Daryles is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-27-2023, 08:54 AM   #10
mtheo
Montana Master
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: merced
Posts: 983
M.O.C. #6171
Did myself on last two trailers, wouldn’t be without them.
mtheo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2023, 08:00 AM   #11
DutchmenSport
Montana Master
 
DutchmenSport's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Anderson
Posts: 2,518
M.O.C. #22835
Before installing, watch this video first. It may save you some aggravation later if you understand what's going on before you start.

__________________
Who you are right now is a sum total off all you use to be.
2019 Montana High Country 375FL
2014 Chevy Silverado Duramax, 6.6L Dually
DutchmenSport is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2023, 09:42 AM   #12
Foldbak
Montana Master
 
Foldbak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Shingle Springs
Posts: 2,081
M.O.C. #30417
Quote:
Originally Posted by DutchmenSport View Post
Before installing, watch this video first. It may save you some aggravation later if you understand what's going on before you start.

Thanks Dutch, now I'm all screwed up. Which doesn't take much. My rig is at the dealer now and I'm considering having toppers installed. After watching the vid, I'm not sure. We camp in the foothills where there are lots of trees dropping crap. And we camp at the beach where there is lots of wind. What to do?
__________________
Tony & Donna
2022 Montana HC, 295RL, Solar Flex 400, Onan 3600 LPG, 2K inverter, 200AH Lithium. 2020 GMC Denali 2500 6.6 Duramax, Demco 21K Auto Slide
Foldbak is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2023, 12:18 PM   #13
77cruiser
Montana Fan
 
77cruiser's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2020
Location: Frostbite Falls
Posts: 422
M.O.C. #26015
I wish you luck if you are having them delivered to your home.
Tired it a couple years ago, they were all smashed, 3 of them 2 on one order 1 on the other.
77cruiser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-28-2023, 10:30 PM   #14
Pathfinder75
Established Member
 
Pathfinder75's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: Illinois
Posts: 48
M.O.C. #19500
Slides are a must in my book. Not impressed with the Video.
only 3 real points to consider on it.
1. He cautions about trailer design. Such as slide to high so awning attaches low on wall. I've also seen a few trailers with pitched roof slides versus typical flat roof slides so expect pitch roof is a NO go.
2. Wind blows fabric. Yes it can. I have used the beach ball method years ago to silence this and help from rain pooling. worked well but its was not that big of an issue so quite messing with it. MAYBE some people sensitive to winds at night flapping so yes some type inflatable would help with this or even a rope thrown over it to dampen it flapping in a storm. I have never felt the need and have camped in some real midwest storms waiting for tornado warnings to activate so we could run to shelter.
3. Protects slide and tree droppings, cones, needles, small limb sticks, also snow is self removing from slides with awning but must be go onto roof an remove if you have none.
Had slide awnings installed prior to delivery. Dometic Awnings.
__________________
Dave & Kathy + Andi & Tucker (Golden Retrievers)

2017 Montana HC 353RL - Sailun S637's, Progressive EMS-HW50C
2017 Ford F350 Lariat CC 6.7L SRW LB, B&W Companion OEM puck mt.
Pathfinder75 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2023, 04:17 PM   #15
RetiredandRollin
Seasoned Camper
 
RetiredandRollin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2020
Location: Miami Lakes
Posts: 57
M.O.C. #27367
Video or not, the benefits far far out weigh the bad. Just my humble opinion. I have toppers and boy I love them.
__________________
Manny & Myrna
2021 - 3791RD
2021 F450 Super Duty
RetiredandRollin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-29-2023, 07:10 PM   #16
kroskes
Montana Fan
 
kroskes's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2020
Location: Pinckney
Posts: 128
M.O.C. #27204
We have a 2020 3790RD - and no ours was not a part of the package. Wouldn't trust our dealership to install them or do anything additional to our Montana. We did however find a local RV shop in a town close by. Purchased from them and had them install. For the life of me I don't recall the brand name. But they did a great job on installation. Also - with the recent hail storm we had here in Michigan, our toppers needed to be replaced. AAA is our insurance company and approved for complete replacement. We love having them. I no longer have to climb on a ladder and sweep them off before bringing the slides in. Best. Investment. Ever
__________________
Sheri & Rick Kroske
2020 Montana 3790RD
2019 Dodge Ram 2500
kroskes is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2023, 12:48 AM   #17
mleeder
Established Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Johnstown
Posts: 49
M.O.C. #20360
Quote:
Originally Posted by jeffba View Post
they are required to be part of the purchase. Dealer installed
This is not true, they can be an aftermarket add on.
mleeder is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2023, 07:39 AM   #18
VagabondLove
Montana Fan
 
Join Date: Dec 2020
Location: Full Timer
Posts: 115
M.O.C. #27665
Quote:
Originally Posted by Daryles View Post
Make sure they are wide enough to overlap the sides by an inch or two.
Make sure you mount the wall rail high enough on the wall so it sheds the rain outboard and won't accumulate and pool up on the topper.
Ours pool water when it rains because they didn't mount the wall rail high enough.
Agreed, especially for the wide ones. I would mount them much higher than standard.
__________________
Full-Timing since 2018 in a 2013 3625RE, 2023 Ford F450DRW with High Output Diesel,
Custom kingpin-mounted hitch receiver for bike rack 2019
MorRyde I/S with 8K Axles & Goodyear G114 Tires on 17.5Ē aluminum wheels 2020
FlexArmor roof 2021, Starlink
VagabondLove is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2023, 09:15 AM   #19
DutchmenSport
Montana Master
 
DutchmenSport's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Anderson
Posts: 2,518
M.O.C. #22835
Please note, I did not disagree or agree with the concept of having or adding slide toppers to anyone's camper by pointing out the video above. I was simply wanting the poster to be aware of some of the issues involved when making a decision as such.

Namely, as other pointed out following, the slope of the topper can make or break a good experience. Also, where it actually attaches to the camper (both on the slide itself and the wall of the camper) is the most crucial element to consider.

In considering the logistics of installing, is that lip on the front top of the camper strong enough to support the end of the topper? And, if you put screws through that raised lip, will those screws come completely through that very thin lip and hit the rubber seals or scar up, or worse, punch holes into the outside wall of the trailer when the slides are retracted?

The logistics of the camper itself is the most important factor. And then, if anyone decides to go this route, can they logistically be installed on all the slides or just specific ones.

On my Montana, slide toppers would work fine on the front slides (front living room), but would not work for the rear bed-room. The back half of the camper roof slopes downward. There's not enough clearance to install a roller, making it high enough to add a topper. Add to that, that upper lip on the top of the slide extends almost 4 inches above the roof of the slide. If installing the topper, it would have to be attached so high on the slide outside end would be higher than the attached end to the trailer wall. Everything would flow backwards.

I think that is the take away I was hoping the OP would pick-up on. Logistically, can it actually be attached. And the roller part that is attached to the outside wall of the trailer, is there enough stuff in the wall that's solid enough to screw into to attach the roller.

That is take away from the video I was hoping everyone would catch.
__________________
Who you are right now is a sum total off all you use to be.
2019 Montana High Country 375FL
2014 Chevy Silverado Duramax, 6.6L Dually
DutchmenSport is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 11-30-2023, 09:27 AM   #20
Foldbak
Montana Master
 
Foldbak's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2022
Location: Shingle Springs
Posts: 2,081
M.O.C. #30417
Mine is at the dealer right now getting measured for fitment. I haven't gotten the estimate yet. The price for the toppers will be comparable to self purchasing. It's the labor that's going to be expensive. I would rather pay the labor and have it done correctly. DW would rather I do it. It's going to be a hard sell
__________________
Tony & Donna
2022 Montana HC, 295RL, Solar Flex 400, Onan 3600 LPG, 2K inverter, 200AH Lithium. 2020 GMC Denali 2500 6.6 Duramax, Demco 21K Auto Slide
Foldbak is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3
Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Montana RV, Keystone RV Company or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 07:47 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.9
Copyright ©2000 - 2024, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.