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Old 04-27-2011, 08:56 AM   #1
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My Select Suites came without toppers for the slideouts. I am going to buy toppers. Have any of you bought the toppers with the metal weather guards or the fully enclosed guards & was it worth spending the extra money for these styles of toppers?

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Old 04-27-2011, 10:16 AM   #2
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I won't get a topper for my slides. They flap and make noise when it's windy. They also degrade and fall apart after a while due to exposure. They can get loose and collect stuff or rain water rather than shedding it. Take a look around some RV parks and look at a few rigs that have them. I'd bet you don't like the way they look after a while.
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Old 04-27-2011, 04:20 PM   #3
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Mike,
Why would they degrade sooner than a regular awning--aren't they made of the same vinyl or cloth?
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We had the regular slide topper awnings on all of our slides. We had the suites for 5 years, and never had any problems with them, and they were in the weather 24x7x365.

If we were to buy anther RV, the slides would absolutely all have awnings on top.

First-off, they do provide some shade to the top of the slide, from the direct sunlight. When in sunny/hot areas of the country, that can help with the inside temperature.

Secondly, they pretty much catch whatever would have fallen onto the top of the slides, from above, such as leaves, tree twigs, snow, and etc.. With the toppers, you don't have to worry about sweeping off the top of the slide, before bringing the slide in.

Thirdly, in my opinion, the toppers offer considerable leak protection during hard rains. At least, with the toppers on the slides, the rain does not hit the top of the slide and associated seals directly.

Yes, they do flap some in the wind, and you can hear the flap on the inside. But we were in many very hard winds, but never had a topper awning failure during those five years.

I would guess that most of the people that don't have slide toppers, didn't want them, just because of the extra expense, which is a real consideration. Our MS was our first RV, so, we included the toppers in our order. We never regretted having them, except for a few of the bigger flaps!!! :D :D
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Because we had them on another fifthwheel we will never have them again. MH fella asked me to look at his to see what was the problem and the wind had ripped the connection to the MH so the topper was laying on the slide roof. Money spent for no rewards.
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Old 04-27-2011, 07:38 PM   #6
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I have had 3 MS and going for another one this summer or fall. I would not consider one without the slide toppers. jmo for what its worth
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I have had them on my last two 5th wheel trailers. I have the CareFree of Colorado with the metal covers that enclose the fabric when they are in the closed position. I like them, the only down side for me is when I am in a rare wind storm, then they get a little noisy.
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Back to my original post, I have already decided to have them installed. I have had to sweep off the slideouts every where we have gone & had to sweep off water from the slides yesterday when we left Chattanooga to avoid the tornadoes. Ironically, we stopped in Bristol TN last night & saw one tornado & had 7 others touch down around us. 15 people were killed within a few miles of us.

Has anyone ordered the slides with the metal wrap around material like you see on some awnings?
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Mike,
Why would they degrade sooner than a regular awning--aren't they made of the same vinyl or cloth?
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Yes they are similar but seem to have additional plastic coating. That has been the source of some fragments I have seen in several campgrounds.

They degrade faster than an awning because unlike an awning they are out every time the slide it out. That means more exposure to the elements. Take a look around the campground sometime and see the condition of the toppers. You'll see sagging loose ones, some that are flaking and others that are tearing. Unlike a regular awning, when the wind blows you can't roll up the topper, it stays out with the slide.

There are also lots of instances where folks are looking for a solution for the ones that tend to capture water and debris on top of them, enhancing the sag. in the 10 minute tech section of the magazine Trailer Life, I've seen examples of home made PVC pipe assemblies to help put a peak in the topper to get it to shed what ever falls on it. In addition you have to be careful that debris does not get caught under the topper on top of the slide when you retract it. That means having a broom like tool to sweep under the topper while standing on something like a ladder to let you get it under there. It's one thing to go on the roof to sweep debris like leaves and twigs from the top of the slide roof but with the topper you have to get the stuff that blows under the topper.

I can do without the hassle of the topper thanks. To each their own.
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Good points, thanks.
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